Cowes is first and foremost a holiday and party town. Cowes is not encounted, but is destination resort. Cowes is a fun and nice place to visit, and to stay a few days is recommended. Like all resort towns if the weather is off, so too is this destination.

Cowes is located on the northern side of Phillip Island and faces towards French Island. The area was originally known as Mussel Rocks. In 1865, a government surveyor Henry Cox returned from a holiday retreat in England and named the town he surveyed after the seaport town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Post Office opened on 1 August 1869.

In recent years Cowes has seen a rapid expansion in its size. Many estates and apartments have been built in and around the town on what was previously rural farmland. An estimated 70% of houses are owned by absentee owners, most of who live in and around Melbourne.

There is little or no heritage, but Anglican Church is a visitor standout. Spend some time enjoying what is on offer at this great church. The United and Catholic are new and modern structures.

The Pickled Vicar Watering hole has some nice attributes.

The main road of the island (Phillip Island Road) leads into Cowes and becomes the main road of Cowes, Thompson Avenue. A distinctive feature of the road is the 1 km lining of Golden Cypress trees which were planted in the early 20th century.

The Isle of Wight Hotel burnt down in 2010. The rebuild starts this year, but the old pub is sorely missed. The makeshift alternative just doesn’t do the job.

The Museum is in the heart of the cbd.

The Cowes War Memorial overlooks Western Port Bay, which is a beautiful setting.

Cowes is a must visit for a summer holiday. Be sure to get the right weather when planning.



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course