Newhaven is the first town on Phillip Island visitors pass through after crossing the 700 metre long bridge spanning the waterway known as "The Narrows" which links Phillip Island with Victoria's mainland at San Remo.
The heart of Newhaven consists of Newhaven Plaza - a collection of shops and a small supermarket, set one block back from the coast.
The coastal route of Forrest Avenue hugs the rocky coastline around Newhaven, extending from the main shops and passing above the marina and along the northern coast. Several accommodation establishments front Forrest Avenue and offer views over the cliffs and out to sea. Newhaven has a boat ramp located near the marina and a large jetty at Woody Point, to the north of the bridge to the mainland. For swimming, there is a sandy stretch of coast which extends from the bridge and south-west towards Cape Woolamai. There are also several small sandy bays at the base of the rocky cliffs along Forrest Avenue.
Newhaven is home to a number of significant attractions on Phillip Island. The regions's Tourist Information Centre is located west of the town centre, and nearby is the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory and Vietnam Veterans Museum.
Churchill Island, which is a former island farm, covers 57 hectares and is accessible via the bridge on Samuel Amess Drive. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the old Amess Homestead which was built in 1872, heritage farm buildings, gardens surrounding the homestead, beaches, mangroves and mudflats. A walking track circumnavigates much of Churchill Island, offering magnificent views across Western Port and down to the beaches at the base of the cliffs in the rocky northern section of the island.