A hidden gem on Phillips Island, one of Australia’s most picturesque islands, Silverleaves is simply perfect for a beach holiday. Only a two-hour drive from Melbourne, Phillips Island is a haven of amazing wildlife, fabulous beaches and great things to do.
Silverleaves was first developed as a tourist destination after the Second World War and can boast a terrific array of holiday rentals, including self-contained accommodation, houses and apartments.
Silverleaves is situated just 2km from the larger town of Cowes on Phillips Island and with a gorgeously sandy beach and quiet, safe streets, it’s perfect for a family vacation. The original beach shacks first erected in the early 1950s are still dotted around the town alongside more modern holiday accommodation. With a good choice of restaurants, cafes and shops, Silverleaves is well served for facilities while also being close to the island’s bigger towns.
The town is well named as woods surround Silverleaves, making it a genuinely leafy and green place. Stroll along the beach to Observation Point to enjoy beautiful ocean views and also to spot some of the birds in their breeding grounds.
Phillips Island has around 100km of coastline so there are plenty of beaches to choose from with many known for their great surfing. However, the northern coastline beaches around Silverleaves are considered the safest with good swimming shallows at low tide.
Other water sports activities are also popular, including fishing both offshore and inshore. Take a trip that will allow you to cook and eat your catch.
Watch the Penguin Parade at Phillips Island Nature Park where the colony of Little Penguins, the smallest of that flightless breed, perform their daily walk from the sea to their nests to the amusement and delight of the 3 million visitors who come here every year.
The nature park, situated on a stunning headland, provides incredible views of the Bass Coast from its boardwalks and lookout points. A short distance from shore is Seal Rocks where Australia’s largest colony of fur seals lives and there are great opportunities to view these endearing creatures at work and play from the shore.
For more glimpses of some of Australia’s best-known creatures, head for the nature park’s Koala Conservation Centre where treetop walks will allow you to see them in their natural habitat. Bush walks will also reveal wallabies and some rare Australian birds.
If you fancy a challenge, head for Cowes and A Maze ‘n Things where optical illusions, mazes and puzzles will bamboozle and delight the whole family. And if speed is more your thing, the Phillips Island Grand Prix Circuit, the original home of the Australian Grand Prix, hosts a series of motorbike and car racing events every year.
From your base at your Silverleaves’ holiday accommodation, you can explore all of the island and go further, too, to Churchill Island, the tiny island off Phillips Island that is home to a historic, heritage farm surrounded by wetlands, ancient Moonah trees, gardens and historic buildings.
The climate of Victoria is a temperate one with hot summers and cool but damp winters. Phillips Island’s weather is typical of the climate around Melbourne, although ocean breezes do make summer days a little cooler. Average daily temperatures during the hottest months of the year, from January to March, are around 25°C, with winter temperatures averaging 16°C. Some holiday rentals will have air conditioning but thankfully those ocean breezes will help keep night times cooler.
If you’re heading to Silverleaves on Phillips Island from the UK, you are most likely to fly into Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport with direct flights there from London Heathrow Airport. Melbourne is only a two-hour drive from Phillips Island and renting a car will allow you great flexibility around your holiday and allowing you to reach you accommodation quickly. There are also excellent public transport links with regular buses and ferries.