It's time to celebrate the annual migration of the magnificent humpback and southern right whales as they make their way north to their winter breeding grounds.
The Island Whale Festival will be held during the school holidays from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July 2018. The arrival of these majestic creatures of the sea is an opportunity to learn and appreciate all that Phillip Island and the Bass Coast region have to offer.
Over the three days, there will be a range of free or low-cost activities aimed at entertaining as well as raising awareness of the importance of caring for our marine environment.
The highlight, of course, will be whale-spotting from one of the many whale lookouts located right across the island or from a boat on a whale watching cruise. At the lookouts, meet a marine biologist and learn more about the beautiful whales, their habits and how to spot them. Click here for tips and guidelines on where and how to see the whales.
Join a whale cruise
Be "swallowed" by a 19 metre inflatable whale for a belly view of what goes on inside. This fun and unique learning experience shows research footage to educate us all about the diverse range of marine animals that live off our coast. Presented by the Dolphin Research Institute each session runs for 45 minutes.
The majestic Humpback
The stunning Southern Right
Check out the stunning pictures from some very talented marine and wildlife photographers. Several of them will be on hand to share their tips and expertise with talks, tours and workshops. Check the program for full details.
Photographer Chris Farrell
Arts and crafts will be on display and for sale at the Phillip Island Gallery from many of the locally based artists, photographers, painters, mixed media artists and woodcrafters.
There will also be information sessions on marine research and plastic reduction, exhibitions highlighting marine wildlife conservation issues, movies and much, much more. Click here for full program details of all that will be on.
Phillip Island is about 140 km south-southeast of Melbourne. Why not stay and play for the weekend and see all that Phillip Island has to offer. Further information can also be obtained from the Phillip Island tourism website.