Summerland Peninsula Beaches Phillip Island

The Summerland Peninsula consists of several beaches that are popular for surfing and beach walking.

Ventnor Road, Summerlands, Victoria 3922


Shelly Beach is a reef break offering nice waves for beginners and experienced surfboard riders.  The steep descent will take you down to the 750 metre long sandy beach.  Waves are generally low, averaging 0.5 metres and the beach is narrow and steep at high tide, while at low tide it widens a little, but is fronted by rock flats. Swimming is only suitable when the waves are low during high tide. For beach conditions and safety click here.

Cat Bay is a reef break that is suitable for beginner to experience surfers. The steep descent will take you down to the golden sandy beach.  Waves are generally 1 metre, however only experienced surfers take on the summer swell when the south to east winds increases the swell to 2 metres.  Swimming is only suitable when the waves are low during high tide. 

Flynns Beach is known for its great surf for experienced surfers. The steep descent will take you down to a 1.3 kilometres long sandy beach.  Waves average 0.6 metres, the northern and southern reefs produce a steep, narrow beach, which widens as the tide falls. Swimming is only suitable when the waves are low. For beach conditions and safety click here.

Summerland Beach is 1.2 kilometres long and with entry to the beach via the Penguin Parade car park.  Waves average just over 1 m which, the fine sand produces a wide beach front with a continuous sand bar. The bar is usually cut by two or three rips toward the central-eastern end.  Public access is available during the day, however the beach is closed off for the nightly Penguin Parade in the evening. Swimming is safest at the western end of the beach, as waves and rips increase to the east. However, watch the rip against the western rocks. For beach conditions and safety click here.

Cowrie Bay is another reef break with waves for the experienced surfer.  The steep descent takes you down to the 400 metre long sandy beach.  Waves average 1 metre at high tide, however at low tide they break over the rocks and reefs. For beach conditions and safety click here.

Beach Facts:

  • Popular beaches for surfing, beach walkers and fishing 
  • Amenities – Toilets at Shelly Beach, Flynns Beach and Summerlands Beach (all access toilets available at Summerlands Beach within the main building). No toilet facilities at Cat Bay and Cowrie Beach.
  • Parking – Sealed car park Flynns Beach, Cat Bay and Summerlands (parking available at Penguin Parade including disabled car parking spaces available). Gravel parking at Shelly Beach and Cowrie Beach. 
  • Food - Food and drinks available at the Nobbies Centre
  • Access - Via steep stairs, not suitable for wheelchairs

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