Set on the mainland side of the linking bridge, San Remo is the first village to greet road visitors to one of Melbournians’ favourite getaways, Phillip Island.
Perched at the entrance to Western Port, the 10,300ha island is a year-round destination for tourists and day-trippers drawn to the safe beaches and fishing spots off the resort towns of Cowes and Rhyll.
The island’s chief attraction, however, is the wild birdlife, headed by the fairy penguins which present a nightly, public parade as they waddle up Summerland Beach to their rookery and chicks after spending the day at sea, fishing.
If your wildlife preferences lie with the landlubbers, you’ll find emus, kangaroos and wallabies lining up for a handout at the 32ha Phillip Island Wildlife Park where the bushland also harbours wombats, snakes, eagles and pelicans. San Remo, which attracts its share of fishermen, is a comfortable base from which you can explore the island.