While visiting Phillip Island, I stopped by Churchill Island – which is connected to Phillip Island by a bridge. I was quite intrigued to find about this island as I frequently came to Phillip Island for many years as a youngster and never knew another island existed nearby.
If you are an animal lover like myself, you will be very happy to find that Churchill Island (like Phillip Island) is a haven for animals! Upon driving off the bridge I was greeted by the sight of several Highland Cattle including an adorable baby cow (note: you aren’t allowed to approach these free roaming cows FYI).
Churchill Island is home to an information centre, a working farm, a cafe, historic grounds, beautiful gardens (the first European garden and crop of wheat in Victoria was grown here) and 2 walking tracks that go around the whole island. So, there is certainly something for everyone on this little island.
Initially, because I was a little lost I couldn’t find where the starting point was for the walking tracks – despite seeing one when I approached the island by car. One begins near the visitor centre and if you are really lost you can quite easily ask someone who works there.
As a result of my being lost, I started the trail at a random point and ended up doing part of North Loop and South Loop walking trails.
I walked for about an hour until it got impossibly windy. So I walked back to my car and was virtually pushed there by the winds.
I enjoyed the parts of the trails I did as they gave many interesting perspectives of Churchill Island and Phillip Island. It was also an easy walk on a gravel trail.
On my walk, I came across many families of Cape Barren Geese (often accompanied by little chicks), many cows (I ended up doing a cow photoshoot haha oops…) and a single wallaby which quickly scurried away upon our eyes meeting.
These cows seem to sit and stare out at the sea all day. I was really happy to see cows with such a seemingly high quality of life, in a beautiful setting.
I would recommend visiting Churchill Island for a very chilled out, easy walk. It appeared to be a very family-friendly type of place, with lots of people bringing their little ones to the island. You could probably push a stroller along a lot of that trail too as it is well-formed, mostly gravel. My dad told me that the cafe there is quite lovely too.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and I hope I didn’t bore you with all the cow shots hehe :). I look forward to sharing the next one!