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Cat Bay

Cat Bay is a top tourist attraction on Phillip Island. Its point break and sheltered beach make it a renowned surf and beach destination.

There are terrific swells to be enjoyed most of the year, although the water tends to be flat during the summer months.

Cat Bay Phillip Island Surfing, Fishing, Tides & Map

Surfing at Cat Bay is ideal for surfers of all levels. Experienced surfers usually head off to the right and left-hand reef breaks, where the massive swells can be found. The best time to visit for surfing is from March to October.

The smooth and short waves are all the rage here, so the beach attracts throngs of people on weekends and public holidays, just like other popular surf beaches in Australia. If you would like to enjoy solitude at the beach, visit during the week as there are fewer people then. However, practice caution at all times as sharks are dangerous – especially in the deep waters.

While Cat Bay is ideal for surfing, it is not recommended for swimming, primarily due to the absence of patrolling lifeguards. If you don’t surf, there are many other beach activities to enjoy safely: beach sports, sunbathing, relaxing, and sightseeing.

Other nearby attractions include Ventnor Beach, Smiths Beach, Summerland Beach, and Penguin Parade. If you’re lucky, you can even glimpse the adorable penguins in their element right from the beach!

Whatever plans you have on Phillip Island, enjoy the sun, sand, and surfing at Cat Bay. Getting here is easy by car; it’s a five-minute drive from the famous Penguin Parade. Follow the road to Summerland Beach Resort, cross the Penguin Parade, and you’ll be there.

About the author

Michael Jones

Michael created and runs the Phillip Island Point website, as well as the Holiday Point travel brand that incorporates a network of 16 location based travel information and attraction websites around Australia, Asia, and around the world.

With 25+ years of online experience and a passion for travel (having lived in Melbourne most of his life and has visited Phillip Island many times), Michael not only researches and writes content for the website, he also tinkers behind the scenes with the website functionality & design.

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