If you’re fit and enjoy stretching yourself with walking or cycling, head for the Bass Coast overlooking Phillip Island. The Bass Coast Rail Trail is Victoria's only coastal rail trail, and meanders for 16km through farmland, coastal bushland, historic coal mining reserves and rugged coastline. It starts/ends at the old Wonthaggi Railway Station and the old Anderson railway station site on Bass Highway at the roundabout to Phillip Island.
The rail trail links with the 7km clifftop George Bass Coastal Walk, which stretches from the outskirts of San Remo to the Bass Highway in Kilcunda. The walk rewards with spectacular views of the coastline as it follows the route of the explorer George Bass' epic voyage of discovery more than 200 years ago. If you combine both trails, you can walk from San Remo all the way to Wonthaggi.
Back in your car, follow the majestic cliffs near San Remo all the way to Inverloch’s sandy beaches for swimming and surfing, stopping at scenic points along the Bunurong Coastal Drive. There’s a patrolled beach, so this is a safe choice for swimming.
There’s lots more to see along this coast, including the significant historical site of the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine and the Maru Koala and Animal Park at Grantville where you can handfeed native animals.