Phillip Island Accommodation with a difference.

Brand spanking new purpose built Eco-friendly accommodation complex is specially designed for you.

State of the art facilities, comfortable and friendly services. Now staying away no longer needs to feel unsociable, impersonal and difficult to meet people.

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At The Island we know the importance of meeting people and community, and the complex has been designed with this in mind. Open spaces provide ample space for relaxation, fun, dining, good times and peace time. The Island has a friendly and relaxed vibe. It’s all about...your experience!!!

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  • Architecturally designed with eco friendly features to reduce energy and water consumption; you'll find superior accommodation at a budget price.
  • Private studio suite rooms to multi-share accommodation from $30per person/night.
  • Couples, families, weekenders, short / longer term and independent travellers, there is accommodation here for you.

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The Island provides you with the choice. Rooms and beds include private studio suites, doubles, twins, family rooms and multi-share rooms. Group bookings and functions available at request.

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Around the The Big Wave Complex

The Big Wave

Phillip Island’s and indeed Melbourne’s most famous "Big" icon would have to be The Big Wave the locals would say. This giant life like wave structure is located 200 metres over the bridge from San Remo and sits outside the front of Islantis Surfboards. It’s the most well known "Big Thing" in the region and is dear in the hearts of the locals and tourists alike.

Over the last 20 years The Big Wave has grown into a right of passage for surfers and wanna bees. It provides a rare insight for all ages to experience the sensation of being “barrelled, tubed or to hang ten”. The Big Wave of Phillip Island is the most recognised “Big Thing” tourist attraction in the region.

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The Interactive Beach Scene

A new addition to The Big Wave Complex is the Beach Scene. Fast becoming just as popular as the Big Wave, The Beach Scene offers another photo opportunity at Phillip Island. Locals and tourists alike love taking pics here!

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Rip Curl Surf

"More than Surfboards"

The team at Rip Curl are surrounded by everything that you could possibly need to feed a surfing addiction. 

  • Surfboards
  • Wetsuits
  • Bodyboards
  • Surf Accessories
  • Bikinis, boardies, rashies, beachwear
  • After surf clothing
  • Street gear, shoes
  • Skateboards
  • Sunnies, watches, giftware

              ....and heaps more.

Our team know surf culture.  We only source the best gear, the latest fashions and the trendiest styles from the biggest brands.  Our Vintage Surf Expo contains over 50 boards from the 1920's onward, as well as signed memorabilia and heaps of facinating surf stuff

Explore the evolution of surfing in Australia at the Islantis Surf Museum!

The Islantis Vintage Surf Expo contains over 50 Classic Surfboards, Signed Memorabilia, Wetsuits, Photos & more.  It covers surfing from its origins in Polynesia through to the dramatic design advances of the 70s & 80s and on to the styles of today.

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The Islantis Surf Experience

A unique, immersive surf attraction with the world's first 360 degree, wrap around surf movie experience. Discover Australia's role in world surfing.

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The Big Wave Cafe

Situated directly next door to The Island Accommodation, the cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. The Big Wave cafe is a favourite coffee stop for locals on the Island, well known for their friendly service, delicious food and amazing coffee - served with a fresh cinnamon donut. Yum!

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Safflower Chinese Medicine Clinic

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

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Within Walking Distance


The Island Accommodation is part of The Big Wave Complex.

The Big Wave Cafe is next door, is licensed and is open for breakfast and lunch every day. Fantastic Food and  a reputation for having the best coffee on Phillip Island!

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Rip Curl is directly out front, and sell everything that you could possibly need to feed a surfing addiction.

  • Surfboards
  • Wetsuits
  • Bodyboards
  • Surf Accessories
  • Bikinis, boardies, rashies, beachwear
  • After surf clothing
  • Street gear, shoes
  • Skateboards
  • Sunnies, watches, giftware

              ....and heaps more.

The Islantis Surf Experience showcases a huge selection of antique and vintage boards dating back to the 1930’s. A great opportunity to see and understand some of the unique history of surfing from the yester year through to the latest designs and technology of the 21st century.

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The Islantis Surf Experience

A unique, immersive surf attraction with the world's first 360 degree, wrap around surf movie experience. Discover Australia's role in world surfing.

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Newhaven IGA Supermarket is only 5 minutes walk from here. They have a small deli, a bottleshop, and a payphone directly out front.

The Information Centre is only a five minute walk from here. They sell Phillip Island Souvenirs & Tickets to all attractions.

Island Healing is five minutes walk from here, get yourself a massage or join in on one of the many fitness classes held daily!

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Panny's Chocolate Factory is only 5 minutes walk from here - Phillip Island's most delicious atttraction!


San Remo

10 minutes walk across the bridge and you're in San Remo!

San Remo Foodworks Supermarket is open until 9pm.

San Remo Petrol Station is open til 10 pm

San Remo Pharmacy open Mon-Fri 9-5. Sat-Sun 9-12.

Pelican View Fish and Chips open 7 days, awesome fish and chips and right on the water!

Pelican Feeding everyday at 12pm Every day at 12pm. Check out the Pelican feeding and the Giant Stingrays it attracts!

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San Remo Hotel Open 7 days, cold beer, excellent meals and live music

Westernport Hotel Open 7 days, cold beer, excellent meals and the venue for some pretty impressive live gigs!


San Remo has many eatery options, including Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian and Fish and Chips.

San Remo also has some beautiful gift and homewares shops.

Natural Beauty

Discover Phillip Island's Natural Beauty!

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Some say “Phillip Island is one of Australia’s best kept secrets” The secret is, this emerald isle is still waiting for the world to discover it. Phillip Island is virtually untouched by visitors. With breathtaking natural beauty, this magical rugged coastline offers some of the planets most pristine swimming beaches, a multitude of world class surf breaks, nose to nose encounters with wildlife and natural tapestry so rich and vibrant.

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Some outdoor activities include surfing and surf lessons, fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, biking, swimming, kayaking and tranquil strolls or hikes on the numerous tracks and trails.

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Our friendly staff will be able to provide you local knowledge of Phillip Island and introduce you to the secrets this magical island coastline has to offer, providing your solution to stay longer and experience more of the people, places and events this Island has to offer by yourself or as a group.

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A Brief History of Phillip Island

For thousands of years Phillip Island has been part of the lands roamed by the Bunurong people, the coastal to inland indigenous people of Australia. The Bunurong People are Indigenous People from south-east Victoria, their traditional lands are from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, taking in the catchments of the old Carrum swamp, Tarwin River and Westernport Bay, and including Mornington Peninsula, French and Phillip Islands.

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The Bunurong called the island "Beang Gurt" and are thought to have come to the area about 40,000 years ago. At this time, Phillip Island would have still been attached to the mainland, as the sea levels were much lower then than they are today.

Bunurong People were part of a language group or nation known as Kulin. Bunurong People prefer to be described as Kulin or Bunurong rather than Koorie, which is a word from another Aboriginal language. The Bunurong People were made up of a number of Clans or Family groups

For European purposes, Phillip Island was discovered by George Bass in January, 1798. Bass he entered Westernport Bay on a journey south from Sydney in a nine metre flat-bottomed whale boat, to determine existence of a strait between mainland and Tasmania. That strait is today named after him. He later returned with Matthew Flinders, landing at Rhyll, and named the island "Snapper Island". A memorial to this landing is maintained near the pier at Rhyll.

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At one time known as Grant Island, after Captain James Grant, the island was eventually renamed after Sir Arthur Phillip, Governor of the First Fleet which sailed from England to Australia in 1788. The area was visited soon after by the British ship the Lady Nelson under Lt. Grant & Lt. Murray (1801), and in 1802, Westernport bay was visited by a French scientific expedition commanded by Captain Nicholas Baudin in Le Geographe.

The French were again undertaking exploration in the area in 1826, and in response to this perceived threat, Governor Sir Arthur Phillip sent a small group of soldiers and convicts to Western Port to secure formal possession of Western Port for England. The settlement was abandoned in 1828 and sealers periodically used the area until the 1840s when most of the hunters left the area having reduced the seal numbers to uneconomic levels.

It wasn't until 1842 that two enterprising Scottish brothers, William and John McHaffie, the first permanent settlers, took up residence with a pastoral lease that covered the entire island. For ten pounds they took out a Pre-emptive Right Lease to occupy "Waste Lands of the Crown known as Phillip Island". The McHaffies quickly cleared the dense tea tree scrub by lighting a fire that burnt for several days. They then swam cattle across the shallows at low tide and established pastoral runs. Land on the island was opened for selection in 1868 as the McHaffies' right to sole occupation of the island was strongly resented. The land was taken up enthusiastically, but hardships of life on the island saw a major exodus. Wheat grew poorly, fresh water was scarce, and plagues of caterpillars drove people away.

By 1902 the population had fallen to just 50. Gradually farmers returned to the island and by the 1870's more than a one hundred and sixty settlers called Phillip Island home. Early industry included brickmaking, ship-building, oyster-getting, fishing and gathering of mutton-bird eggs. Chicory one of the earliest crops on the island and today chicory kilns are dotted across the island as a reminder of the time when chicory was an important part of the economy. The local roads became the home of the first Australian Grand Prix for cars in 1928 and later the place where the Armstrong 500, the forerunner to today's famous Bathurst 1000 was held.

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Today the island's economy is largely based on the tourism industry. Some 72% of all dwellings are holiday homes and about 60% of island's area is farmland, largely devoted to the grazing of sheep & cattle. With 97km of coastline and a population of around 7,500, the island receives approximately 3.5 million visitors annually, about half of which come to see the nightly spectacle of the Penguin Parade, which is many Little Penguins crossing the sand at Summerland Beach. To protect the Island's natural wonders and wildlife, the Phillip Island Nature Park was formed in the late 1990's.

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Surfing History

Proudly Victoria’s first National Surfing Reserve

Phillip Island is a unique, world– class destination, with a rich surfing history and a wave for all kinds of weather and abilities. Some breaks are significant because of the exceptional waves, and others for their history and importance in providing safe breaks for teaching the surfers of the future. Phillip Island is also special for its Aboriginal and natural values and all surfers must play a role in protecting these.

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** Interesting History **

Naming rights is one of the perks of being a pioneer, and for the early surfers on Phillip Island, there was no shortage of beaches and breaks in need of a name.

Bob Matthews was surfing in front of where, many years later, they built the first car park at Woolamai on April 25, 1969, with Geoff Atkins and Bruce Richardson. ''It was perfect all day - from high tide to low tide to high tide again - so we called it Anzac Alley,'' he recalls. Terry Klemm and half a dozen blissed-out others were surfing down the far end at Woolamai around the same time when one of them remarked: ''This is magic!'' Magiclands was born.

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Bob ''Hippo'' Hoskins was making his way into the surf at a break out of San Remo when he cut his foot on the sharp rocks. He and local cray fisherman ''Yardo'' Johnson called it Foots, and it was the site of the first contest run by the Phillip Island Board Riders Club.

David Fincher was less imaginative when it came to the point breaks either side of Cat Bay, the preferred contest site in the early years. The one on the left became Left Point and was surfed when the tide was low; the one on the right was, you guessed it, and they paddled across when the tide came in.

They were a rough mob, with names like Dogga, Jungles, the Grub and Hippo, and their bond was strong enough for them to decide to form a club - and nominate John Martin as inaugural president because they considered him the most responsible. ''At first I didn't like the idea, but then they hit me with the scenario: if we don't do it, some of the strangers we see down here will do it and we'll be the outsiders,'' Martin recalls. ''So I said, 'OK, let's do it'.''

They were protective of their beaches and their club, setting an initial limit of 30 members. Now there are about 120, many of them the offspring of the originals.

National Surfing Reserve declared

The Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve was formally declared at a ceremony at Cape Woolamai Beach on the 16th March 2013.

Surfing legend Layne Beachley hosted the event and the Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Youth Affairs, The Hon Ryan Smith MP, formally opened the reserve, made up of four sites along Phillip Island’s coast: Cape Woolamai, Smiths Beach, Summerland and Cat Bay.

Seven times world champion, Layne Beachley said:  “I am honoured to be part of the official launch of Victoria’s first National Surfing Reserve. Phillip Island has always been one of my favourite surfing destinations with its four excellent breaks; Woolamai the hero, Smiths Beach and Express Point, Summerland and Cat Bay.”

Only 25 National Surfing Reserve sites have been nominated across Australia and Phillip Island is the 18th to be declared.  It is the first of its kind in Victoria.

The philosophy of National Surfing Reserves is to ‘care, share and preserve’.  National Surfing Reserves is a voluntary collaboration dedicated to recognising iconic surfing sites in Australia and assisting NSR sites globally. Self funded and non-political, the National Reference Group comprises experienced individuals from across Australia to facilitate NSR nominations and management processes. Find out more at

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve community project is proudly supported by San Remo and District Financial Services, Ramada Phillip Island, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island Board Riders Club, Bass Coast Shire Council and Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

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The waves are almost always on at Phillip Island. This surfing playground boasts sheltered bays for beginners, powerful reef breaks, and one of the best surf beaches in the country. You're generally guaranteed an opportunity to get your board out at Phillip Island. The swell is rarely too small to surf and, depending on the swell size, you can find a sheltered break on almost any wind.More advanced surfers should check out the world-class beach breaks at Cape Woolamai, while beginners can head to Smiths Beach and YCW Beach for some fun, small waves.