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George Bass Coastal Walking Tour

Phillip Island and the Bass Coast is renowned for its nature and wildlife. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife along Phillip Island and Bass Coast walking paths. Discover Australian wildlife in their natural habitat while you explore and observe the stunning coastal scenery along your way. There are many walking adventures to be had including:

The George Bass Coastal Walk

  • The popular George Bass Coastal Walk is a cliff-top trail that stretches from the outskirts of San Remo at Punchbowl Road, to the Bass Highway (just opposite the hall at Peppermint Road) in Kilcunda.

  • The walk is around seven kilometres long and takes an average of two hours to walk one way. The walk offers spectacular views of the coastline and follows the route of the explorer George Bass' epic voyage of discovery along the southern edge of the Anderson Peninsula, over 200 years ago.

  • An average level of fitness is required for the walk, as it includes using stiles over farm fences.

  • The George Bass Coastal Walk now links into the Bass Coast Rail Trail so it is possible to walk from the Punch Bowl in San Remo all the way to the centre of Wonthaggi.

Come and see for your self and take a tour with Dianne's Venture Tours  Phillip Island. 

George Bass Coastal Walk
George Bass Coastal Walk Map

Experience the spectacular coastline and coutryside on the George Bass Coastal Walk


What a sight it must haave been when the explorer George Bass first sighted the coast of what we now call Victoria. And now it is your chance to follow the route of Bass voyage of discovery along the Victorian coastline. The George Bass Coastal Walk offers panoramic coastal view from a narrow winding path, along cliff tops rising high above the pounding surf of the Bass Coast.

The walk is situated 100 kilometeres south east of Melbourne between San Remo and Kilcunda. The walk commences at the southern end of the Punchbowl Road, off the Phillip Island Tourist Road and the walk is 7 km, taking approximaetly two hours one way.

You are picked up from your Phillip Island or San Remo accommodation and taken to the start of the walk. After the walk you will have lunch at the Kilcunda General Store and the you will be taken sightseeing and dropped back to your accommodation.

Tour begins on Phillip Island. For a surcharge we will collect from Melbourne and return to Melbourne for groups of four or more. This tour can accommodate seven guests.

Our Tour:

  • Fully inclusive 

  • Small private tour

  • Phillip Island Hotel pick up/drop off (pick up /drop off extra cost to pick up from Melbourne)

  • Local guide & driver

  • Picnic Lunch

  • George Bass Coastal Walk

  • Scenic drive - of Summerland's and a guided stop at the spectacular Nobbies, sightseeing surf beaches, rugged coastline and more 

  • Departs at 11.00am and dropped off around 3.30pm 

  • This tour is available Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday)


  • $150 per person (mimum 2 to 4 people)

  • Can take up to 23 people. Please conatct Dianne for a quote.


  • Stunning coastal scenery, rugged coastline and rolling surf

  • Learn about George Bass the exporer and the local farming area

  • In whale season (through winter), you maybe lucky to site a Southern Great White Whale

  • Enjoy the flora and fuana on the walk.

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Kilcunda


The tour starts from Phillip Island 11am and concludes around 4.30pm to 5.00pm.

Conditions: For your safety and comfort flat, covered-in walking shoes are recommended on this tour. Bring layers of clothing for heat and cold as the weather can be changeable on the Island and the Bass Coast (surrounded by a lot of ocean!). 

General Questions

  1. Is there are minimum age requirement? 
    There is no minimum age but we do not offer child fares so every passenger is considered an adult. For family charters that include child rates please email or call us. We are happy to work with you and your friends and family to structure the perfect tour


  2. What sort of clothing should I wear? 
    Phillip Island and the area, has been said to have “four seasons in four hours” but sometimes you may experience all of these seasons in an hour so come prepared for a cooler climate. It is easier to take off layers than be cold. Wear loose clothing to be comfortable and wear flat covered in walking shoes so you will enjoy walking in nature.


  3. What happens if the weather is bad? 
    If the weather is bad you will experience it – hot and cold, wet and dry. This tour is all about looking at the beautiful Phillip Island  and the Bass Coast area. However it will depend on how bad teh weather will be on the walk. 


  4. How do I get to Phillip Island? 
    I do not pick up and return to Melbourne. You need to either use a car, the Vline bus or the passenger ferry to get to Phillip Island. Call or email to enquire. Alternatively you can view for more information. Please be aware that public transport options require you to stay overnight on Phillip Island. Public transport does not coincide with the closure of the Penguin Parade. If you wish to stay overnight on Phillip Island we can make recommendations so call or email us – or do your own web searching. There is a multitude of options from five-star to back-packer styles.

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