Each night at sunset, watch the smallest penguins in the world as they dash across the beach to their burrows. Observe koalas in their natural habitat from treetop boardwalks, stroll coastal tracks set on rugged clifftops and enjoy the sights and sounds of native Australian wildlife at The Nobbies, or enjoy drifting amongst thousands of playful seals on a cruise to Seal Rocks - the world’s largest Australian Fur Seal colony.

Boasting miles of spectacular walks, secluded beaches and bays, internationally-renowned wetlands and nationally-recognised surfing reserves there is plenty to explore along Phillip Island’s 360 degrees of coastline.

Fun lovers will enjoy taking to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight or visiting the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, which hosts International motor racing events viewed by over 350 million people around the world and offers go karting on a scale replica circuit. Experience amazing puzzles, illusions and magic at the award-winning A’Maze N Things, or get lost in a world of chocolate with the world’s largest chocolate waterfall and other amazing chocolate displays at Panny’s Chocolate Factory. For the adventurous, embark on a kayaking, surfing, drift-boat or cycling experience with local operators.

There are a diverse range of culinary dining options, boasting local produce across the region, boutique winery cellar doors, breweries and seaside villages Cowes, San Remo, Newhaven and Rhyll to explore.



Amazing Wildlife Experiences

  • Penguin Parade - be amazed by Little Penguins returning ashore each night at sunset.
  • Pelican Feeding at San Remo- free activity, pelicans are fed at noon daily
  • Wildlife Coast Cruise to Seal Rocks - get up close to Seal Rocks, one of the largest Australian Fur Seal colonies in Australia
  • Koala Conservation Centre - explore the tree-top board walks & see koalas up close in their natural habitat


Fun for the Whole Family

  • A Maze’N Things- award winning tourist attraction that is aimed at adults and loved by children.
  • Clip n Climb – enjoy a range of challenging climbs in a safe family friendly environment.
  • Phillip Island Chocolate Factory - is the sweetest & most addictive attraction on Phillip Island!
  • Churchill Island Working Heritage Farm- daily farm activities 


For the Adrenaline & Sport Lovers

  • Cowes Golf Club- 18 hole golf course, measuring 6003m with a Par of 72, the course will challenge beginners & pro golfers alike.
  • Island Surfboards - learn to surf at stunning Smith’s Beach
  • Phillip Island Helicopters- scenic flights including winery experiences, customised cruise ship scenic flights
  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit- go high speed in Sodi RT8 Evo2 go karts on a 760 metre scale replica of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
  • Ocean Adventures Phillip Island- Specialising in Fun, Safe and Personalised Adventure Actvities. Offering Jetboat Tour, Thundercat Tour, Seascooter Tours and Discover Scuba at Cape Woolamai


Food & Wine Experiences

  • Phillip Island Winery
  • Purple Hen Winery
  • Ocean Reach Brewing 
  • Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar
  • San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op
  • The Wild Food Farm at Rhyll 


History & Cultural Museums

  • Churchill Island Heritage Museum - see historical buildings and remnants of historical gardens
  • National Vietnam Veterans Museum - mixes remembrance and reflection with a unique museum environment.
  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit - history of motorsport display, a nostalgic history of motor racing on Phillip Island 


Regional Experiences

  • Bassine Speciality Cheeses- award winning Gippsland cheese factory
  • Macca’s Farm- enjoy a farm tour, pick strawberries and paddock to plate 
  • Maru Koala & Animal Park- fall in love with native Australian wildlife
  • State Coal Mine Wonthaggi- take a journey underground to experience life as a coal miner 100 years ago


Spectacular Walking Trails

  • Churchill Island walk
  • Cape Woolamai walks
  • Conservation Hill to Rhyll walk
  • Nobbies boardwalk
  • Pyramid Rock to Berry’s Beach walk
  • Swan Lake Trail
  • George Bass Coastal Walk (San Remo to Kilcunda)


  • Island Healing 

Working hours

Customs Officers 24 hours
Quarantine Officials 24 hours
Immigration Officials 24 hours

Customs and Immigration

Passenger Manifest Yes
Embarking Passenger Manifest N/A
Crew Manifest Yes
Stores List N/A
Customs Declaration (Ship) Yes
Customs Declaration (Crew) Yes
Forms Comments Rhyll Anchorage is a non-proclaimed port under the ABF (Customs) and Bio Security(Quarantine) acts.

Port health

Health Declaration One (pratique) at first Australian port of call only


Ground Operations

The following Ground Handlers are ACA members and supply superior ground handling services throughout Australia.

Abercrombie & Kent Australia 

Bob Wood Cruise Group 

Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services 

Port Approach


Arrival Departure Restrictions Weather permitting else no restrictions
Tidal Variation contact  shipping@portofhastings.com
Prevailing Currents contact as above
Prevailing Winds Varies depending on time of the year
Depth of Channel 14.8 metres
Comments Naturally deep water port



Pilotage Name Port Phillip Sea Pilots Pty Ltd
Pilotage Address PO Box 150, North Melbourne VIC, 3051
Pilotage Phone No +61 3 9329 9700
Pilotage Fax No +61 3 9326 6052
Is Pilotage Compulsory Yes
Position of Pilot Pickup 3.5 miles due south of West Head (weather permitting)
Distance from Berth 11.3 miles
Pilot VHF Channel 16
Description of Pilot Boat Black hull with orange topsides
Pilot Hours 24 hours
Pilotage Fees Varies depending on vessel’s GRT


Port Services

Shipping Agents


Name Various – Vic Ports Shipping contacts
Services Full agency services


Are tugs available N/A
Are tugs compulsory N/A


Port Officials

Working hours Port of Hastings 0900 to 1700 (business days)
Out of hours Yes








Dredging undertaken No
  Naturally deep water 


Port Operator

Port operator

Name Port of Hastings 
Address PO Box 249, Crib Point, VIC, 3919
Telephone +61 3 5979 5500
Facsimile +61 3 5979 5555
Web Site www.portofhastings.com
Email Address shipping@portofhastings.com
Primary Contact Shane Vedamuttu - Harbour Master
T +61 3 5979 5500
M +61 429 008 812

Berth details

Berth Rhyll Anchorage, Phillip Island 
Maximum draft 13 metres
Tidal variation 0.5 metres on average (contact Port of Hastings to confirm)
Anchorage allocation  1 cruise ship at any one time
Guaranteed berthing for cruise ships Yes
Are other ships able to dock  Yes - outside of allocated cruise ship timeslot
Security fences  No

Nearest ports

Australia Melbourne
Overseas Port Auckland, New Zealand



Terminal facilities

Terminal Building No
Meet and Greet Facilities Yes
Toilet Facilities Yes – available 100 metres walk from Jetty entrance
Telephones No – available in Cowes township
Availability of Maps and/or Brochures Yes - Visitor Information Marquee 
Souvenir Shopping No – available in Cowes township
Money Exchange No – available in Cowes township (Monday - Friday)
Is the US Dollar Accepted? No


Closest Airport to Pier Melbourne Airport
Distance to Airport 162 kms
Transport to Airport Limited
Can Passengers Walk to Town Yes to Rhyll Village
Drive Time from Pier to Shuttle Stop 10 minutes from Rhyll to Cowes
Distance from Pier to Town Centre  Rhyll to Cowes 8 kilometres
Are Shuttle Buses Necessary Yes 
Suggested Shuttle Stop in Town Bus Exchange, Chapel Street
Availability of Taxis at Pier Limited
Availability of Public Transport at Pier No
Other Forms of Transport at Pier N/A

Tour buses

Distance from Jetty to Tour Buses 50 metres
What is the Normal Coach Capacity 45 persons
Are Tour Buses Air Conditioned Yes
Are Refreshments Provided on Buses By prior arrangement
Are Cold Towels Provided on Buses By prior arrangement



Tourism Organisations 

  • Bass Coast Shire Council  - Visitor Economy and Events Department
  • Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board
  • Visit Victoria 


Port Contacts 

  • Victorian Regional Channels Authority
  • Port of Hastings
  • Parks Victoria


Destination Operators

  • A Maze N Things
  • Bassine Speciality Cheeses
  • Clip ’n Climb
  • Macca’s Farm
  • Maru Koala & Animal Farm
  • National Vietnam Veterans Museum
  • Ocean Reach Brewery
  • Pioneer Kayaking
  • Phillip Island Brewing
  • Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
  • Phillip Island Golf Club
  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
  • Phillip Island Helicopters
  • Phillip Island Nature Park
  • Phillip Island RSL
  • Phillip Island Ten Pin Bowling
  • Phillip Island Winery
  • Purple Hen Winery
  • Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Cafe
  • San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op
  • Super Cruzer E-bike Hire
  • Ocean Adventures
  • Wildlife Coast Cruises
  • Ocean Reach Brewery
  • The Wild Food Farm
  • Tour Local