Celebrations & Festivities

Phillip Island 150th Celebration 2018

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Council acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first Australians and recognises that they have a unique relationship with the land and water. Council recognises that we are situated on the traditional lands of the Bunurong/Boon Wurrung, members of the Kulin Nation who have lived here for thousands of years. We offer respect to their elders past and present and through them, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In 2018, Bass Coast Shire Council will also be recognising and supporting the Phillip Island community as it marks the 150 year of the first European settlement on the island. This date recognises the first release of land for selection in 1868 for European settlement.

Led by the Phillip Island 150th Celebrations Planning Committee, the year will provide a great opportunity to celebrate the island.

The Committee is enjoying working with clubs, community groups and organisations to share their event plans for the year, and put together a jam packed, fun filled Calendar of Events (PDF 551kb).

Events coming up in November

Historical Re-Enactment of the Land Sale 

Cowes Town Square

Saturday, 10 November 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Community Street Parade - Participants wanted!

Thompson Avenue, Cowes

Saturday, 3 November 11.00am to 12.00pm

To participate in the parade, download a copy of the registration form and send the completed form to events@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Bendigo Bank Community Day

The Esplanade

Saturday, 3 November - 12.00pm to 4.00pm

To participate as a stall, download a copy of the stall holder registration form and send the completed form to events@basscoast.vic.gov.au

Phillip Island 150th Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner - Tickets now on sale!

To purchase tickets online, head to Eventbrite

***The finale of the 150th year celebrations***
Saturday, 10 November, 2018 at 6.30pm
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Back Beach Road

Tickets $120 includes three course dinner, refreshments and entertainment

Dress code: historical costume or elegant

Tickets on sale now via Eventbrite or at Bass Coast Shire Council Customer Service Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

***Please note each table consists of 10 people - if you would like to be seated with a certain person/group, please email phillipisland150@basscoast.vic.gov.au with your requirements.


We invite everyone to get on board with the celebrations.

If you have an idea for a 150th celebration event, fill out this form to register your interest and email it to phillipisland150@basscoast.vic.gov.au.

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