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Cowes Australia Cruise Port Guide


Cruise ships are not able to dock here, you will be tendered ashore to the center of town.

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The chief place on the Phillip Island, Cowes (pop. 2400), on the north coast has sheltered beaches which are safe for children, craft shops, entertainments, restaurants and many motels and caravan/camping parks.

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Cruise out to seals rocks to see over 6,000 Australian fur seals. It’s a 2-hour cruise which includes; commentated tour around Phillip Island’s northwest coast, a visit to seal rocks getting up close within meters of seals, afternoon tea and a variety of activities for the children on the way home.

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It pays to compare your cruise line tours here

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Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening - usually until 9pm - and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.

In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveler and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centers are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.

Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments, are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours.

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