Everything About Phillip Island Surf Beaches

Phillip Island surf beaches are a popular spot in summer or winter.

No matter what the weather, visitors will always see the unmistakeable sight of the wetsuit-clad body patiently waiting for the perfect wave.

Woolamai surf beach from the air

Phillip Island Surf Beaches - Woolamai

Even if you don't surf, find a beach to walk along looking for shells or shark egg cases, or watch the birdlife wheeling and squawking in the air.

Phillip Island has some wonderful spots for a rockpool ramble.

And don't miss a visit to the Islantis Surf Experience  to discover the history of surfing.

This fascinating display of boards old and new shows the development of the sport since its beginnings in Hawaii and introduction into Australia in 1915.

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Woolamai is one of the most popular Phillip Island surf beaches comprising three surf beaches – Woolamai/Magic Lands, Anzacs and The Colonnades.

The south-facing surf beach is a beautiful long stretch of beach, backed by sand dunes, and is one of the most popular surfing spots on the island.

Look over to Cape Woolamai, a faunal reserve with several walking tracks, which is also the highest point on Phillip Island. The Pinnacles at the end of the promontory are quite spectacular.

View to Cape Woolamai

Cape Woolamai from near Woolamai Surf Beach


    Woolamai/Magic Lands is the main surf beach and the venue for professional surfing competitions.
  • Parking for about 250 cars
  • Toilets, change rooms and showers
  • Beach access via stairway
  • Patrolled from December 26 to January 26 then weekends and public holidays until Easter Monday
  • Respect shearwater rookeries
  • Shop selling drinks, ice creams, sunscreen etc
  • Anzacs

  • Lookout on dune top
  • Parking for about 40 cars
  • Toilet facilities
  • Beach access via sand-covered steps
  • Not patrolled
  • Beware dangerous currents
  • Respect shearwater rookeries and hooded plover habitat
  • The Colonnades

  • Small informal car parking area
  • No toilets
  • Beach access via stairway
  • Not patrolled
  • Beware dangerous currents
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Surf Beach is a long spectacular stretch of clifftop looking over Bass Strait, with views from Pyramid Rock to Cape Woolamai. There are several surfing and swimming beaches.

The most popular surfing beach is known as Surfies Point (Batman Avenue).

  • Parking for about 40 cars
  • No toilets
  • Beach access via path and steps
  • Not patrolled
  • Beware dangerous currents
  • Respect shearwater rookeries and hooded plover habitat

Between Sunderland Bay Road and Surfies Point there is a boardwalk along part of the cliff top which is suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Surf Beach, Phillip Island

Surf Beach looking towards Cape Woolamai

Another surfing beach is Crazybird (Hopetoun Road) - but this is for experienced surfers only.

The beach at Dunvegan Crescent does have some parking.

A popular beach for families is at Pine Avenue. A boardwalk over shearwater rookeries gives access to the beach.

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One of the few north-west coast surf beaches, Cat Bay has two surfing beaches, Shelly Beach and Right Point.

At low tide, explore the rock pools on the flat shelf - great for children. Fascinating elephant shark egg cases abound among the seaweed.

Penguin tracks at Cat Bay, Phillip Island

Penguin tracks at Cat Bay

On the smooth sand look at the penguin tracks going to and from the penguin burrows in the dunes.

  • Parking for about 30 cars at each beach
  • Beach access via stairways
  • Toilet facilities at Shelly Beach
  • Not patrolled
  • No dogs allowed

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Flynns Beach is a beautiful long stretch of beach, perfect for a walk when the tide is low.

Look over the bay from the lookout to the remains of the old jetty – or walk there at low tide – allow about an hour for the return trip, taking time to look at irridescent abalone shells or even a Port Jackson shark egg case.

Maybe cormorants will be sunning themselves on the jetty remnants.

This fairly secluded beach is perfect for sunbaking or walking.

  • Parking for about 60 cars
  • Toilet facilities
  • Beach access via sandy path
  • Not patrolled
  • Dangerous currents
  • Respect shearwater rookeries and hooded plover habitat
  • No dogs allowed

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Old jetty at Flynns Beach

Old jetty at Flynns Beach

Locals tell me the rugged south coast surf beach of Berrys Beach has the best wave on the island in the right conditions, but this happens only a few times a year!

Access is via a stairway (100 steps), then a short sandy path.

The flowers and berries from the seaberry salt bush on the dense coastal vegetation attract birds and insects.

Hooded plovers nest here so please observe signage.

Shearwater rookeries line the cliffs. The long beach is dotted with basalt outcrops.

Berrys Beach

Berrys Beach

At low tide, look for sooty oyster catchers or ibis fossicking among the rocks. Although there are few shells, the beach has a lot of cuttlebone.

Glamis Road, near the carpark, is the starting point for the walk to Pyramid Rock.

  • Parking for about 30 cars
  • Toilet facilities
  • Not patrolled
  • No dogs allowed

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At Pyramid Rock take in the great views over the rugged southern coastline. As with Berry’s Beach, the conditions need to be right to surf here – local knowledge required!

Walk along a cliff-top path to Berry’s Beach.

  • Parking for about 20 cars
  • Toilet facilities
  • Beach access via path down cliff
  • Not patrolled

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Pyramid Rock at low tide

Pyramid Rock at low tide



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