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Watch koalas and kangaroos in Cowes

The quiet little town of Cowes swells during the summer months with visitors descending upon Phillip Island to dine out at the oceanfront eateries, sample craft beer at the Rusty Water Brewery, sun themselves on the sandy beaches and watching koalas and kangaroos at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Whether you're coming for a romantic retreat for 2, or a family getaway with the kids, Cowes has you covered. You can spend the morning watching migrating whales and then return to the island to race around the Grand Prix track or visit one of the galleries.


Explore on 2 wheels

If you've just got a couple of days in Cowes, equipping yourself with a rental bike is the best move you can make. On your 2 wheels, you can take advantage of Phillip Island's sparse traffic and ride along the well-paved roads. If that's not your thing, there are plenty of hiking trails including the Ventor Beach Walk and the Bush to Bay which takes you past some mangroves, forests, nesting birds and scenic viewpoints. In the afternoon, why not jump on board one of the whale-watching charters to spot majestic whales fluking out at sea?


Something for all seasons

The only thing that's predictable about the weather in Cowes is that's its unpredictable. As they say locally, if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes. However, it doesn't suffer from extreme swings in climate. If you visit between December and February, the long days are often warm and sunny. While spring and fall may be a little cooler, they are often still warm enough to dine outside or take part in the outdoor activities. Winter nights can be cold and the mornings foggy, but wrap up warm and you can while away the days in the cozy cafes and restaurants.

Natural features

Watch bounding kangaroos

Just a short drive from your Cowes vacation rental is the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, a conservation area brimming with more than 100 different species of animals. Watch roaming red kangaroos with their joeys bounding past, while koalas hug the trunks of gum trees. Birders will be particularly taken with tawny frogmouths, as well as different species of owls, noisy cockatoos and colorful parrots. Watch the kids come alive with excitement when they see the hanging bats and the enormous flightless emus. An absolute must when you're in Cowes.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Cowes

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), located 50.8 mi (81.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), which is 53.3 mi (85.8 km) away.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Cowes?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cowes. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Phillip Island Ferry Dock: 2,180 vacation rentals
  • Phillip Island Nature Park: 1,482 vacation rentals
  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit: 1,814 vacation rentals
  • Heronswood Garden: 3,726 vacation rentals
  • Phillip Island Winery: 2,130 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cowes listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cowes?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 1,139 Houses in Cowes. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cowes include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 96 rentals available
  • Cottages: 26 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 45 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cowes?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 86 vacation rentals with pool available in Cowes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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