Phillip Island

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Victoria’s wildlife Island Phillip Island is home to Australia’s most popular natural wildlife experience, the Penguin Parade, as well as an abundance of unique nature and inspiring experiences.

Each night at sunset, watch the smallest penguins in the world as they march up the beach to their burrows in this amazing ancient ritual. Phillip Island boasts unique experiences including: nature and wildlife, interactive and fun, wild and adventurous.

Come face to face with koalas from treetop boardwalks, stroll through cottage gardens, experience daily farming activities and 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. Visitors can discover themselves or take a scenic helicopter flight. For the adventurous, embark on a kayaking, surfing, snorkelling or cycling experience with local operators.

The world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit hosts International motor racing events viewed by over 350 million people around the world and offers go karting on a scale replica circuit and behind the scenes tours.

Experience amazing puzzles, illusions and magic at award-winning attractions, be enthralled by the world’s largest chocolate waterfall and other amazing chocolate displays.

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.

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



Arrival Departure Restrictions Weather permitting else no restrictions
Tidal Variation contact
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


Shipping Agents:

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

Name Port of Hastings 
Address PO Box 249, Crib Point, VIC, 3919
Telephone +61 3 5979 5500
Facsimile +61 3 5979 5555
Web Site
Email Address
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