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The Westernport Bay area consists of rocky platforms, sandy beaches and unique marine habitats.

From mudflats, mangrove swamps, tidal channels and salt marshes to huge sand dunes and dune scrub areas, the 680 sq km region is well worth the visit.

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It is a large tidal bay in southern Victoria, Australia, that opens out into Bass Strait.

It is also the second largest bay in the state.

Map Of Westernport Bay - Victoria - Australia

Map Of Westernport Bay
Victoria - Australia

Within WesternPort Bay there are the Islands of...

  • Phillip Island
  • French Island
  • Churchill Island

All offer the public great opportunities to learn about the unique fauna and flora that are specific to this area of Victoria, Western Port Bay.

The Mouth Of Westernport Bay - San Remo

The Mouth Of Westernport Bay - San Remo

At the eastern entrance to the bay on the mainland, lies the pretty little seaside town of San Remo.

Here you will find safe swimming waters with generous stretches of soft sandy beaches line the coast.

Sandy Beaches Of San Remo

Sandy Beaches Of San Remo

A popular event that takes place most days of the week is the daily feeding of the pelicans on the shoreline at the base of the pier.

It is not guaranteed that they will show up every day due to changing weather conditions and the fact that they are a wild bird, feeding time can be a bit of a hit or miss. However most days you will find that they arrive for their tasty treats.

Sometimes there is an added bonus of seeing and feeding a school of stingrays.

From here you travel over the bridge to the most amazing Island known as Phillip Island.

Bridge From San Remo To Phillip Island

Bridge From San Remo To Phillip Island compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/hangdog/14905534/

  Phillip Island  

Phillip Island is a popular destination for day trips, holiday makers and tourists

On this wonderful WesternPort Bay Island you will find sheltered swimming coves, clear waters to explore the shallow rock pools that surround the island and an amazing marine underwater wonderland.

The north, east and western shores of the island are great for a relaxing time with the family.

For seaside Picnics and BBQ's and playground fun and games, the beautiful township of Cowes is fantastic.

Cowes Beach On Phillip Island - Victoria

Cowes Beach On Phillip Island - Victoria

The southern shores of the island are great for Ocean fishing, Surfing the wild waves and long beachcoming walks.

Climb the huge sand dunes and take in the breathtaking beauty of Bass Straight.

There are unique animal sanctuaries in, on and around the island:

  • Fairy Penguins
  • Fur Seal colonies
  • Mutton bird roosts
  • A Koala Sanctuary
  • Unique migratory bird colonies provide a great up close and personal experience for all the family.

Approximately 120 kms from Melbourne off the Bass Highway you can access this Island from the mainland at San Remo and by ferry from Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsular.

  Churchill Island  

Churchill Island is connected by bridge to Phillip Island and is the site for the 1st European Settlement in Victoria.

This shoreline is an interesting place to visit as the Churchill Island Marine National Park surrounds the island.


Bridge Across To Churchill Island

Bridge onto Churchill Island from Phillip Island

The Farm on the island is open to the public where you are able to interact with the animals and learn all about the area.

Interesting migratory bird life can be found here, so many species roost, breed and feed in this very specific habitat.

A great place for a picnic, a family excursion or just a simple relaxing experience.

Churchill Island Farm - The Forge

Blacksmith's Forge on Churchill Island Westernport Bay Victoria Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/glittercake/4982551540/

Blacksmith's Shop Churchill Island

Blacksmith's shop on Churchill Island Victoria Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/glittercake/4982553576/

  French Island  

The island only has a few inhabitants who live on it. They maintain the island's flora and fauna, species that are found in no other part of the world.

You are able to access the island by barge from Stoney Point and Cowes.

Fishing in these waters is restricted and for more accurate information as to where, when and why visit this website

The Shoreline On French Island

The Shoreline On French Island

Close to 22,000ha and surrounded by the diverse and unique French Island National Marine Park, the island is home to some amazing wildlife not to mention very unique flora and fauna both in and out of the water.

A raw experience if you enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Mangroves On French Island

Mangroves on FFrench Island compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/76384935@N00/4267773562/

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Phillip Island is an amazing place to discover.

If you are considering touring the island then you might like to take a look at these selected tours from my travel Affiliate Partner, Viator.

They offer excellent value for your money and quite a range of unique touring experiences.

Sit back and relax while all the arrangements are made for you.

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From the shores of the western side of Western Port Bay you can see French Island and Phillip Island.

The beaches along here are a delight to swim at as the waters are clear and clean.

View over to Phillip Island from Somers Beach

Somers Beach on a clear day overlooking Western Port Bay Victoria Australia

The sands are soft and you can walk the long stretches of coastline for miles.

Gentle high rolling hills, tall Norfolk Pines, high cliff faces and that unique Aussie Bushland makes this side of the Bay a joy to explore.

The Township of Hastings makes for an interesting diversion for a perfect picnic.

With large open parkland areas, great kids playgrounds, an indoor Aquatic Center and the unique experience of feeding the Pelicans, what a great way to enjoy the day.

Feeding The Pelicans At Hastings

Feeding The Pelicans At Hastings

Connect with the Western Port Bay Trail which follows the coastline from Somerville all the way to Balnarring.

Cycle or walk this trail and enjoy all that the Western Port Bay area has to offer.

The Western Port Bay Trail

Western Port Bay Trail compliments of  http://picasaweb.google.com/ozzmosis/WesternPortBayTrail -  This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

I grew up as a teenager holidaying in the tidal inlet of Warneet.

From here we would take off in the boats to Cowes on Phillip Island.

We would pass by the huge Oil Refinery and Port at Hastings, past the Cerebus Naval Depot around French Island and all the time dodging the huge tankers and shallow mudflats.

We needed to be conscious of the tides as the only way to get back home was on the incoming tide.

What was obvious to me was that when you were out on the Western Port Bay waters you do get a true indication of how vast this area really is.

From the mudflats with their millions of crabs, to some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets that nature can provide, experience the Western Port Bay and its Beaches.

You will never be disappointed.

Watch out for the sharks.

Occasionally one of these incredible eating machines finds its way into the bay.

When I was a teenager I personally watched my Mum pull a 4 foot shark into our fishing boat on one of our holiday trips. Don't know what type it was but I do remember scrambling up the other end of the boat as it thrashed about on the deck.

One of my Tips on Beach Safety is to remain alert when swimming, always a good thing as there are lots of different and sometimes dangerous marine creatures that you will find in this region.

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