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Forrest Caves, Phillip Island

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Published April 2nd 2016
A rock fortress of solitude
I've come to learn that Phillip Island isn't so boring after all. When I found out that this year's Easter weekend was going to be spent on the island, I didn't think that there would be much to do other than look at penguins, penguins and more penguins, but I stand corrected, this place exudes adventure.

One place in particular is called the Forrest Caves, located on one of the many beaches of Phillip Island. This sea cave structure seems to have gone through many phases of erosion before settling into its current state.

Gaining entry into the sea cave was fun but I wouldn't recommend it; please make sure your visit is during low tide. My excursion was during high tide, and so I had to wait until the waves subsided and then make a run into the cave before the waves came crashing back. Thinking back, I should've returned during low tide.

I spent a good hour in the cave, enjoying the sounds of the waves outside, and marvelling at the sea cave structure, imagining the plight it had been through up until this point. It felt like a rock fortress of solitude.


The Forrest Caves are located just after The Cape Kitchen, left off the main Phillip Island Road. Walk up the steps from the carpark on to the beach, then turn left. Again the caves are accessible at low tide. A 45 minute return walk, passing by large sand dunes, which are home to thousands of shearwaters from October to April.

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Why? Caves, Adventure, Walks, Nature
When: Low Tide
Where: Bass Strait, Philip Island Road, Victoria 3922
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Like you I had no idea there were caves at Philip Island. I really must spend some more time there. I work nearby in Wonthaggi so no excuses really.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 1833 days ago
Hi, if i am not driving but coming with the excursion (i have not checked out the van operators yet. It should be leaving Melbourne early morning) to philip island, would i be able to walk to this place? Will visit there in early June
by J.D.Wen (score: 2|368) 1820 days ago
I never new there were caves there either. A must see. I'm going to check with the information centre which is on the left I think once you go over the san remo bridge.
by evat1 (score: 1|23) 1829 days ago
Sounds great, trying to locate them but not sure if you mean it's from the car park of the cape kitchen ir if it's a carpark before the cape kitchen road but when you say before the cape kitchen are you driving away from the bridge or towards it?
by alison (score: 0|6) 1831 days ago
Found them! You turn left 250mafter the cape kitchen rd when travelling away from the San Reno bridge towards cowes main town.
by alison (score: 0|6) 1831 days ago
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