Spectacular Rock Formations on the Beach: Forrest Caves

Hi Friends,

This week I did a road-trip around Phillip Island and I am going to share with you the places I stopped at in a number of posts. In the end, I will also tie it all together with a guide to the island which I will eventually link here.

A wallaby enjoying the sunset near Forrest Caves beach.

The perfect place for an easy stroll

The Forrest Caves Beach is a wonderful location for a relaxed sunset stroll. If you are lucky you will come across Australian wildlife such as wallabies and Cape Barren Geese in the carpark and also to the sides of the boardwalk leading to the beach. An easy walk in the sand will take you to sea caves which have been formed over many years from the erosion of cliffs.

The cloud and sunset combination resulted in a pastel looking beach, it was truly breath-taking.
Glorious sunset!
I find sunsets to be very mesmerising so excuse me for sharing a billion photos of them haha.

Exploring the caves

You can climb over, into and around the reddish coloured rocky caves. It is important to note that this should only be attempted at low tide (especially going under the caves – which I didn’t do because they tide was coming in fast) and that the tide can change very quickly. So, please be careful if you do attempt to go into the caves.

Climbing over the caves!
A view from the top of the caves.


Where: Forrest Caves Beach, Phillip Island is 131km away from Melbourne’s CBD. This is a 1 hour and 41-minute drive.

When: Any time of year. I would recommend visiting on a weekday if possible (as I did) especially if you enjoy some serene, quiet beach trips. As mentioned earlier, it is best to come here at low-tide so you can venture into the caves. You can search tide forecasts/times online

Length/Time: It takes about 40 minutes (2km return) to walk to and from the caves, along the beach.

Other Notes/Tips:

-For point of reference (if you get a bit lost as I did): take the road on the left after The Cape Kitchen entrance – in the direction towards Cowes.

-There are toilets at the carpark.

-It is nice to have hiking shoes to climb over the rocks but you will also want to bring thongs (flip-flops) to go into the caves.

Stunning views from the top of the caves.

I highly recommend visiting

I would definitely recommend this stop as it is an incredibly beautiful beach and the caves are a very unique feature. The walk to and from the caves is quite leisurely, so it is a very relaxing walk.

Misty beach
The same wallaby from my from earlier on was sitting in the same place at dusk. Can you spot their mate in the background? 🙂

Once again, I hope you enjoyed this post. I look forward to sharing more posts from Phillip Island with you!

If you would like to read about or see pictures from my Phillip Island adventures, the links are below:

  • The Nobbies: A short-easy coastal walk, along a boardwalk providing stunning ocean views.
  • Cowes: A selection of photos from sunrise at Cowes Pier. Cowes is the main local township on Phillip Island.
  • Kitty Miller Bay: Some sunrise shots from Kitty Miller Bay. Kitty Miller Bay is well-known for the SS. Speke shipwreck.
  • The Pinnacles, Cape Woolamai:  The Pinnacles are a rock formation at Cape Woolamai which is a popular spot for photography (especially at sunset). Cape Woolamai is home to a beautiful beach and a cape with hiking trails.

Mikki 🙂



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