About Us

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

Small group tours and sightseeing around Phillip Island and the Bass Coast is our speciality. We provide tours and activities across the whole region and parts of Gippsland.

Our tours and activities suit independent travellers wanting to get off the beaten track and experience the area the way the locals do.


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 eight years. Their passion for the Phillip Island area has led them to meet interesting locals leading fascinating lives – artisans, artists, farmers, provedores and photographers among them – and to discover out-of-the-way and off-the-beaten-track places.

For eight years acting as local guides to friends and travellers they’ve met, this couple have been helping guests and visitors discover the Phillip Island region’s best destinations, the local way. After sharing their experiences and taking guests to interesting places where they experience behind-the-scenes some of the region’s best kept secrets.

David and Kirsty, 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.

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, behind-the-scenes look at unique attractions, scheduled and personalized adventures, and exceptional experiences 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 exceptional experiences. Experiences you could not get as a visitor walking into these attractions off the street.”