The tiny village of Newhaven at the entrance to Victoria's Phillip Island is an atmospheric spot to cast a line, catch a wave or have a dip.
Newhaven's waterfront is popular with fishermen and water sports enthusiasts, ensuring there's plenty to do and see during a stroll along the beach. Soak up the activity while enjoying a picnic in the shadow of the bridge to the mainland.
The calm waters of Western Port offer excellent sailing whether on your own boat or a charter. Nearby Cape Woolamai is more rugged, with excellent surfing, abundant marine life and the spectacular ancient pink granite coastline.
Off-the-water activities are taken seriously in Newhaven, too. Nearby Churchill Island is the site of Victoria's first European settlement and offers visitors a chance to explore historic farm buildings and the original homestead. You can drive, cycle or even kayak to this historic site. Churchill Island is also known for its monthly farmers' market featuring a wide range of local cheeses, organic fruit and vegetables and free-range chicken products.
Pannys Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is a delectable chocolate universe, while Bonsai Island Gallery is a tranquil place for a stroll and a chance to learn the art of bonsai. The National Vietnam Veterans Museum tells the story of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, featuring an impressive sound and light show.
A range of accommodation options can be found in Newhaven.
Newhaven is 126 kilometres from Melbourne, or around an hour-and-a-half by car along the M1 and the Bass Highway.