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Discover The Pinnacles on Phillip Island

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The Pinnacles at Cape Woolamai are another must-see spot when exploring Phillip Island. Just an easy 2 kilometre walk along the beach from the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach (allow 30 minutes each way). Take a seat at the viewing platform or down on the huge granite rocks to watch the sunset. Stick around long enough to catch the stars light up the night sky. Immersed with wildlife like Wallabies and Mutton Birds the walk to the naturally stunning landscape of The Pinnacles is absolutely breathtaking.
When visiting The Pinnacles on Phillip Island it’s recommended that you wear sturdy shoes as the walk down to the rocks can be very steep and at times the track can be unsteady. Also be aware of what the tide is planning to do when making your journey. Best time to view The Pinnacles from the rocks would include: low or receding tide.
How to get to The Pinnacles on Phillip Island
  1. Travel Towards Cape Wooalamai Surf Beach car park, park here.
  2. Take the board walk down onto the beach and walk left along the sand for 600m until you spot a staircase to your left.
  3. Head up the staircase, off the sand and begin the journey along the track to The Pinnacles for 1.2km. At this stage, you should be able to see The Pinnacles out at the point.
  4. Once at the lookout it is possible to scramble down to eye-level although the track is very steep and is loose under foot. Take great care and stick to the tracks made by others. **
** Thousands of short-tail Shearwaters live in underground burrows on Cape Wooalamai and these are easily crushed by the step of a foot.
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My Phillip Island Adventure: @brodyexplores
“Staying just a 5 minute drive from The Pinnacles in an awesome AirBnB on Phillip Island, I went exploring Cape Woolamai to catch the golden hours of the evening. The sun was shining bright off the water as I captured a few wind surfers finishing up a session. A gorgeous Phillip Island back drop, with a shore line of jagged rocks and peeling waves. I began what’s meant to be a short walk to the Pinnacles with @mattcharlesworth but it became much longer, stopping every 5 minutes to get photos of this insane landscape and its wildlife. Set back a little, we arrived at the lookout just as the sun was going down. We climbed down to the rocks and quickly realised that the tide was rising too. The waves came crashing in on the huge granite rocks; Cape Woolamai put on a show for us like none other. The Pinnacles are such a spectacular sight to see when visiting Phillip Island, it certainly won’t be my last  visit, I can’t wait to go catch another sunrise/sunset down Cape Woolamai very soon.
Best Conditions
In the evening the sun sets directly behind The Pinnacles, whereas sunrise reflects off the granite rock. Sunrise or sunset, the choice is yours. Low or receding tide. Through the dry months if you want to climb down to the rocks.

Moderate. 3.6km return walk with sandy sections, stairs and a steep access track to rocks at sea-level.

Camping? No campsites close by. Dogs? Not Permitted. Toilets? Yes, at Cape Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club.
Still hanging for more adventure on Phillip Island? Check out these hidden gems: Forrest Caves on Phillip Island Phillip Island Sand Dunes: “Spew Hill”


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  1. Still one of my favourite walks I’ve ever done. If you don’t have time to do the full circuit it’s not a problem, The Pinnacles is well and truly the highlight. However; if you do have time, continue up the cape to The Beacon. Cool viewpoints around every corner and it’s a touch higher for an almost birds eye perspective.

  2. Went for a sunset run around here at the start of the year. Includes the sun setting behind the pinnacles, views of Phillip Island foreshore (From the highest point on Phillip island) and endless wallabies jumping from the bushes. Saw a few echidnas on this walk too. Much recommended

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