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NATURE LOVERS

COWES BEACH

Cowes Beach is only a short walk from our motel. The beach is sheltered, so it's a perfect place to take the family for a swim. After-wards, relax on the sprawling green foreshore, or walk the jetty, where tourist boats depart for French Island.

Approx. 300m from Tropicana Motor Inn

KOALA CONSERVATION CENTRE

When you visit the Koala Conservation Centre, you have the rare chance to see koalas up close in their natural habitat. Take your time wandering the two tree-top boardwalks, or explore the trails on the ground, where there are also wallabies, echidnas and colourful native birds.

Approx. 9 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn

CAPE WOOLAMAI SURF BEACH

Cape Woolamai is famous for its wild surfing conditions. It's also a fantastic spot for fishing due to it deep gutters and strong currents. Take a walk along the long golden beach, or explore the cliff top walking trails. where you can enjoy stunning views of rugged rock formations.

Approx. 17 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn

SMITHS BEACH

Smiths Beach is Phillip Island's more beginner-friendly surf beach. The soft waves are ideal for lessons, and lifeguards patrol the shore throughout the summer. It's a very popular spot for Melbourne day-trippers though, so if you find it too busy, try YCW Beach to the West.

Approx. 10 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn

THE NOBBIES

The Nobbies is the closest headland to Australia's largest fur seal colony. Visit the information centre to view the seals through binoculars, or wander the boardwalks for breathtaking views of the Bass Coast.

Approx. 15 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn

RHYLL INLET AND CONSERVATION HILL RESERVE

Rhyll Inlet is a network of waterways and wetlands surrounded by mangroves. If you follow the walking trail and boardwalks, which extend from the Rhyll town centre to the coast, you will see hundreds of migratory birds. The walk takes about 40 minutes on foot or you can ride your bike.

Approx. 10 mins from Tropicana Motor Inn

FRENCH ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

There are countless things to do on French Island, which is nearly twice as big as Phillip Island. The island is almost entirely comprised of national parkland, which means it is only inhabited by a small number of people. It is, however, home to Australia's largest population of koalas. To get there, catch the passenger ferry from the Cowes jetty. Once you arrive at Tankerton, you can hire a bike or set off on one of the many unsealed bushwalking tracks.

Travel from mainland by ferry.