About Us

You’re not the average traveller and we’re not the average tour company

Small group tours and sightseeing around Phillip Island, the Bass Coast and West Gippsland is our speciality. We provide boutique tours departing from Melbourne and from Phillip Island.

Locally owned and operated.

Our tours and activities suit independent travellers wanting to get off the beaten track and experience the area the way the locals do, away from the crowds. Our tours are built on a philosophy of “education via enjoyable experiences”.


Who We Are


PrintExceptional Phillip Island Area Tours is the brain-child of wife-and-husband team Kirsty and David Mawer, who have lived in the Phillip Island area for more than twelve years. Their passion for the Phillip Island area has led them to meet interesting locals leading fascinating lives and to discover out-of-the-way and off-the-beaten-track places.

Kirsty and David, who have backgrounds in customer service and in sustainable management believe you can’t go past local knowledge. And they’re keen to share it in an enjoyable, informative way. Having travelled extensively themselves they know the value of ensuring traveler’s experience the best of the area in the time they have.

Three years of thorough research and testing the ‘tourism offerings’ across the region has resulted in Kirsty and David having identified for the visitor’s benefit a range of exceptional experiences not to be missed. There are many more adventures, activities and things-to-do in the area than can be packed into a few tours. However, this couple are masters at finding out what guests enjoy when travelling and they cleverly incorporate this learning into every tour. Their personal touch is inspiring and appreciated.

Our tours are diverse, entertaining, informative and personal. They are designed to engage and offer insight to our guests, while showcasing some of our regions’ best kept secrets.

Proud Partners

Exceptional Phillip Island Area Tours has teamed up with some of the best, and in some cases both unique and hidden attractions in the Phillip Island area to provide an exceptional experience for visitors and locals alike. They specialize in small group tours hosted by local guides and they offer both scheduled and private tours for the thinking traveler.

“We are extremely proud and appreciative of our great relationships with businesses across the region. These enable us to deliver a range of unique experiences. Experiences you could not get as a self-drive visitor walking in off the street.”