• 14.02.2023

Churchill Island, Phillip Island

A bridge connects Phillip Island and has a historical charm reminiscent of a bygone era when horses pulled carts and markets were bustling with fresh produce.

Phillip Island

Connected by a bridge to Phillip's Island, it takes us back to a time when sturdy horses pulled wooden carts and fresh produce markets were the highlight of the week. Touch the past, explore historic sites and much more on a guided Phillip Island Tour.

Visiting Churchill Island 

Just as much as it's a glimpse into yesteryear, Churchill Island is a bonzer spot for a stickybeak; its cosy cottages nestled among beaut gardens and spick-and-span lawns, while the coastal views are fair dinkum breathtaking, giving you a squiz at Phillip Island and the surrounds. At its core, a beautifully restored farmhouse transports visitors back in the day, showing off the old-timey way of life on this ripper of an island.

The historic vibe of the island is what reels in the punters, time and again. Playing a crucial role in the history of Victoria's European settling, it's where the first farming efforts in the state kicked off back in the mid-1800s. Not just resting on its laurels for that, but it also prides itself on having Victoria’s first European-style garden, making it a top-notch spot for tying the knot.

Since the 1850s, the land here has been farmed the old-school way, with traditions kept alive and kicking. In 1872, Samuel Amess, who once was the big cheese (Mayor of Melbourne), snagged it, and it's been on the up and up as a historic farming crackerjack ever since.

These days, the 57 acres of lush and picture-perfect scenery are up for a gander by the public, where you can suss out artefacts from yonks ago and get a feel for a life that’s long been cactus. Encircling the farm, there are stunning wetlands, ancient Moonah trees, and historic gardens that bring the heritage vibes of the island full circle.

Activities at Churchill Island Heritage Farm

Churchill Island offers a variety of family-friendly activities for all ages. Farm activities, such as cow milking, sheep shearing, and whip-cracking demonstrations, are a popular afternoon attraction. Visitors can also explore heritage homes to see how well-off prospectors lived in the late 1800s. It's a step back in time to experience the pioneering lives of the island's past.

Explore historical homes  Amess House 

Samuel Amess built his holiday house on Churchill Island in 1872. The National Trust has restored the house to its original 1870s appearance, complete with furniture from that period for visitors to experience life on the island in the late 1800s.

The heritage cottages on display include one from the Rogers family, pioneer farmers whose home dates back to 1862, making it one of the oldest in the Phillip Island area.

Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre on the island is a popular stop for visitors, offering a wealth of historical information and a licensed café with great views. Many visitors enjoy having lunch here and relaxing in the sun with a glass of wine.

Walking Trails

Churchill Island offers beautiful scenery for hiking and walking. There are pathways along the coast with stunning views of landscapes, dense forests, wetlands, tidal inlets, and local flora and fauna. A walk from Cape Woolamai to the island allows visitors to experience all these natural features.

Island Markets

On the last Saturday of each month, the local market offers a variety of items, including cheese, fruit, vegetables, and fresh produce. With over 40 stalls, visitors can find souvenirs such as local crafts and homemade jams.

Phillip Island Tour

Churchill Island Walks

There are two family-friendly walks on Churchill Island, both at moderate difficulty. The Churchill Island Loop is 5 kilometres long and takes around 2 hours to complete. It offers scenic views and wildlife sightings. The North Point Loop is a 2-kilometre trail that takes about an hour to walk. Both paths suit prams and bicycles as the ground is compacted primarily granite sand.

Activities on the Island

Churchill Island offers a kid-friendly environment where children can run, play in the grass, and experience farm life. Activities include milking cows, riding on wagons or tractors, cracking whips, watching sheep shearing demonstrations, and learning about the use of working dogs on farms.

Explore the Ancient Moonah Trees

Churchill Island holds significance for the Bunurong people due to the old Moonah trees surrounding the island. These trees have a lifespan of 300-500 years and are tied with a tragic love story. Legend has it that the twisted trees were once a young couple from the tribe who refused work and were banished. They froze in their embrace, and the Moonah trees grew from their bodies, now a symbolic part of the island.