Every winter Australia's coastlines are home to some of the largest and most majestic animals that have ever lived on the Earth. In particular, between June and October each year, Southern Right Wales travel from their Antarctic feeding grounds to our warmer waters to give birth.
In Victoria it often said that Warrnambool is the best place to whale watch, although whales can be often spotted right along the Great Ocean Road. Often travelling in pods, they may often be seen loafing or travelling, but more excitingly, tail slapping or blowing.
Various whale watching boat tours are available at various prices, however it is not uncommon for the whales to come within several hundred metres of shore, allowing you the opportunity to admire them in relative comfort (and for free!).
The Great Ocean Road whale log provides a very handy up to date account of where the whales are and what they are doing (it is perhaps the 'Facebook' for whales). So if you have a few spare hours it can be very rewarding to check the log and head down to the coast.
My girlfriend and I recently spent several hours on the Great Ocean Road as we followed a pair of cruising whales. Even if you don't catch the whales, the magnificent coastal scenery makes it worthwhile.
Please remember that there are laws protecting all marine mammals, so if you do choose to watch them from your own boat or other craft, please make sure you are familiar with the regulations.