Cape Woolamai is a small town at the Southern end of Phillip Island and is a stunning destination. There is more to Phillip Island and Cape Woolamai than just the beautiful marching penguins, as there are a number of Cape Woolamai walks and Phillip Island accommodation spots that await. Let’s cover these walks and our favourite accommodation in Phillip Island to get you planning your next trip out of Melbourne.
Cape Woolamai walk tracks
The Cape Woolamai circuit track is a popular thing to do in Cape Woolamai, 8.5km in total and cutting through some of the most incredible Victorian nature, this grade 3 walk offers hikers all kinds of views and terrains. You can take the Cape Woolamai Walk at any time of the year, with each season never failing to showcase the beauty of Phillip Island.
To kick off your Cape Woolamai Walk, you need to walk down the wooden ramp at the base of the wooden information shelter at Woolamai Beach Road. from there, you will take a 700metre walk to the furthest point on the beach until you find a wooden staircase (on the left), taking you off the beach and onto the grassed ground. Here you will see a Cape Woolamai Walking Trails sign and three walking trails that can be identified by different colours that will guide walkers through each walk. The Cape Woolamai Circuit will snake through the three official walking tracks, but you may wish to explore one or all of these tracks on this visit or another one.
These Cape Woolamai walk tracks are:
- The Pinnacles Walk Track: this Cape Woolamai walk track is marked green and is 1.4kilmetres long
- Cape Woolamai Beacon Walk: this Cape Woolamai walk track is marked black and is 7.4kilometres long
- Old Granite Quarry Walk: this Cape Woolamai walk track is marked blue and is 5.6kilometres long
Trail Hiking Australia have also outlined a very thorough route for walkers who want to get to know the Cape Woolamai back to front before setting out so you can familiarise yourself with this route rather than relying on landmarks! As the Cape Woolamai Walk is a circuit you will, of course, end at the same information shelter.
Cape Woolamai is home to the much-loved Cape Woolamai State Faunal Reserve where you can find some of Australia’s most incredible wildlife, including Phillip Islands’ famous penguins. A visit to Cape Woolamai in Phillip Island is not complete without visiting the Cape Woolamai State Fauna Reserve! Forget what you think you know about a reserve, as this reserve is spread across hectares of the natural landscape, allowing visitors to combine a visit and a beautiful Phillip Island walk.
Picture of Phillip Island penguins from Visit Victoria
Picture of Cape Woolamai Beach from Visit Victoria
Cape Woolamai and Phillip Island Accommodation
With so much to do in Cape Woolamai and Phillip Island, you will need more than a day trip to see all of these natural wonders. Here is a round-up of Phillip Island accommodation, which includes rustic, versatile and luxury options to suit every traveller. With the marching penguins attracting local, national and international, you will want to book your Phillip Island accommodation ahead of time to secure a great spot in the competitive school holiday period.
Visit Phillip Island is a great resource for finding Phillip Island accommodation, and you can toggle the accommodation types so you are looking for exactly what you want. Here are the Phillip Island accommodation types on offer:
- Apartments and cottages
- Group and backpacking
- Bed & breakfasts
- Caravan, camping and holiday parks
- Motels and hotels
- Holiday homes
With so much on offer at Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai accommodation needs to be diverse enough to cater to families, hikers, groups and even couples seeking a romantic escape. Here at Around Melbourne HQ, we love to get out of the city and explore these stunning Victorian destinations. Here is a round-up of the top two Cape Woolamai accommodations!
“Bunya by the Sea” Phillip Island accommodation
It does not get closer to the action than this! The “Bunyas by the Sea” holiday home accommodation offers travellers a modern, 5-bedroom home that is right on the beach and only 100 metres from the stunning Cape Woolamai beaches. Start and end your day with beautiful views of the beach which can be seen from almost every room in the home. Try your luck at spotting whales through the telescope on the deck or explore every inch of this incredible coastal destination.
Foodies will love the gourmet restaurants, wineries and busy cafe scene that awaits. Whether you are travelling as a family or a group of friends, there is plenty to fall in love with at “Bunyas by the Sea” Phillip Island accommodation.
“Five Acres” Farmstay Phillip Island accommodation
The stunning “Five Acres” accommodation in Phillip Island is what you hope to arrive at when you book a Phillip Island Airbnb. There are the modern timber floors and walls, natural decor, warm light from a traditional gas fireplace, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and an incredible concrete outdoor bath. ”Five Acres” defines cabin chic, and it is the best Phillip Island accommodation set over the Western Port. The property has three of these luxury cabins and sets the scene for an indulgent getaway.
This Phillip Island accommodation is a fantastic reward for explorers who have enjoyed a Cape Woolamai walk or two, with grazing platters and local wine on the menu who guests. Each of the three “Five Acres” cabins has a different style and vibe, so you can find the aesthetic that suits what you are looking for.