Come along and welcome these majestic creatures as they make their annual migration north along our coast to their winter breeding grounds. The waters surrounding Phillip Island play host to humpback and southern right whales and even the occasional killer whale.
The three day Island Whale Festival is an opportunity to learn and appreciate all that Phillip Island and the Bass Coast region have to offer. Visitors will be able to enjoy 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.
Spot the whale
The highlight, of course, will be whale-spotting. Follow the brand-new whale trail that leads you to a range of viewing points with interpretive signs providing interesting information about the whales and their behaviours. Click here for more information on the best spots for whale watching. Follow the active Facebook groups that provide up to date information on whale sightings and keep your binoculars handy.
Wildlife Coast Cruises are also offering a range of tours giving you the best way to get up close and personal with the whales. As well as looking for whales, you'll get to admire the incredible rugged cliffs and coastal formations in the area, including Pyramid Rock. Then there are, of course, the regular sightings of playful common dolphins, fur seals and a range of sea birds.
Over the three days, there will be a range of activities, events and workshops for young and old. Click here for the full three day program that allows you to book online via the links. Due to the limited capacity of some events, bookings are recommended.
Phillip Island is about 140 km south-southeast of Melbourne. Why not stay for the weekend and see all that Phillip Island has to offer. Checkout the Stay & Play offers available. Further information can be obtained from the Phillip Island tourism website.