Tourism is a major contributor to the Bass Coast economy. Visitors arrive from within Victoria, interstate and overseas for tourist and recreational purposes.
Several nature walks offer gorgeous scenery and points of historic interest. The fifteen minute walk from San Remo Lions park along Back Beach road leads to Foots beach, an excellent surf beach. A Mediation Labyrinth is located near the cypress trees behind Lions Park.
The Phillip Island Nature Park covers about 2,750 hectares of public land and includes the Penguin Parade, the seals at The Nobbies, the Koala Conservation Centre, Cape Woolamai State Fauna Reserve and surf beach, Churchill Island and the Rhyll Wetlands.
The Phillip Island Motor Racing Circuit is a nationally and internationally recognised sporting facility.
Facilities that support tourism include restaurants, hotels and varying standards and types of accommodation located throughout Phillip Island, along the major coast roads, and within the larger towns.
During summer and the school holidays in particular, the Bass Coast is a popular destination for day-trippers and holiday makers.
The area’s surfing beaches located on Phillip Island and the south coast provide an excellent range and variety of surfing conditions that are widely recognised.
Natural assets along the coastline also provide the same attractions.
Fishing and sailing are popular activities, with boat ramps and a varying range of facilities at San Remo, Grantville, Corinella, Coronet Bay, Newhaven, Rhyll, Cowes and Inverloch.