Visit Phillip Island between May and September for the chance to see humpback whales, southern right whales and orcas as they migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters off Queensland for calving.
Choose from a range of whale watching options on offer, in and around Phillip Island, and view these majestic creatures on their long journey along the Victorian coastline. Take to the high seas on a whale cruise, watch with binoculars from the shoreline, or sign up for a helicopter flight over the water to see whales making their way north.
On dry land
Grab your binoculars and try your luck down at Cape Woolamai, Surf Beach, Pyramid Rock, The Nobbies or the Summerlands area, which all offer great whale watching opportunities. Southern right whales can also sometimes be seen in the shallow waters off Cowes or San Remo jetty. Although humpback and southern right whales are more prevalent, Orcas, commonly known as killer whales, do occasionally visit the waters around Phillip Island.
Sea and sky
the water with Wildlife Coast Cruises on a Winter Whale Cruise or take the high-speed Wild Oceans EcoBoat Adventure Tour for a chance to learn more about these fascinating mammals and explore the other inhabitants of this vibrant stretch of coast.
Keep those binoculars close at hand so you can seize every opportunity to see the great whales and cheerful dolphins out in the waves. Enjoy the spectacle of thousands of fur seals tumbling around at Seal Rocks, Australia’s largest fur seal colony, and look out for the awe-inspiring shy albatross, which boasts a wing span of some 2.5 metres. The fun continues as you cruise along the Phillip Island coastline. Ride the waves, taking in the spectacular scenery including the cliffs along the Summerland Peninsula, the blowhole at The Nobbies, the striking silhouette of Pyramid Rock, and the pink granite of Cape Woolamai.