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Churchill Island via Phillip Island

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by Nikki Lee (subscribe)
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Published June 13th 2021
Take a wondrous trip back to yesteryear on Churchill Island
The wondrously delightful Churchill Island is located off Phillip Island - yes that is correct, an island off another island! Access to Churchill Island is via a short one-way bridge and once you cross that bridge, you truly feel that you have stepped back in time to the 1800s.

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Fancy lunch with a peacock?


In keeping with the era, in which the original homestead was built (circa 1870s), Churchill Island gives the visitor an extraordinary experience, with the island dedicated to the days of olde.

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This is just one of the historical buildings on Churchill Island


The original homestead, as well as several other cottages, are open for you to walk through and view. They are amazingly well preserved for their age and give great insight into the living conditions of the past.

The gardens have an abundance of beauty to wander through and admire at your own pace.

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Enjoying a spot of sunshine!


There are several scheduled demonstrations which are given throughout the day:

10:30am - Blacksmithing
Art created by on-site blacksmiths is for sale in the gift shop)
2.00pm - Cow milking
2:30pm - Sheep shearing
2:45pm - Working dogs
3:00pm - Whip cracking

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Delicious!


At the time of our visit, the cost to visit Churchill Island was priced at $13.50 for an adult, $6.75 for children (4-15 years), or a $33.75 family pass, which includes two adults and two children. Pensioner discounts are available by showing your relevant card.

However, we ordered a four parks pass through the visitphillipisland.com information which gave us entry to the Penguin Parade, the Koala Conservation Reserve and the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies as well as Churchill Island. This pass was terrific value!

A glimpse at the decor of 'olde'


The Island also has some superb walking trails, including the Churchill Island loop which is a 4.5kms round trip, taking an estimated 2 hours and is classed as a moderate walking track.

A very old workers hut


In addition to all of the wonder of yesteryear which Churchill Island contains, there is also a very modern cafe which has both indoor and outdoor seating available. We loved sitting outside admiring the garden view with the sea in the distance, and I must say the meals and drinks we enjoyed during our visit were fabulous. We were also extremely lucky to have the added delight of being visited by one of the exquisite resident peacocks!

If you wish to visit the cafe only, entry is free and can be accessed via the well-stocked gift shop.

The great Australian kelpie!


If you are looking for more to do and see while visiting the Phillip Island area, please click 5 Free Things to Do and See in the Phillip Island Area

Art made on Churchill Island by the resident Blacksmith


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Churchill Island contains beautifully maintained gardens!


EXTRA NOTE:In regard to opening times and attraction details for Churchill Island, please check visitphillipisland.com for up to date details before you plan your visit. Information may change according to the ever-changing Covid-19 pandemic situation.

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Why? An interesting look at an olden day farm
When: Seven days a week, please check website for public holiday opening times.
Where: 0359512800
Cost: The cost varies, check website.
Your Comment
Very informative article Nikki. I have passed the turnoff to Churchill Island many times and that is what we did - passed. I now know what I missed which will be amended on out next trip to Phillip Island.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2824) 44 days ago
We did a guided tour a few years ago, and it was amazing. Makes one wonder how everything was taken by boat to build these structures and how they survived in such remoteness. True pioneers.
by don_t (score: 1|11) 44 days ago
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