Where can I see whales in Phillip Island?

Where can I see whales in Phillip Island?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 09/25/2021

Reading time: 3 mins

Phillip Island, along with the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu and Kangaroo Island, is one of Australia’s animal lover paradises!

Phillip Island Whale Watching

The island is full of the country’s most adorable and unique wildlife, from fairy penguins to seals, fish and amazing sea life.

Some of the most incredible animals you can have the opportunity to spot on land or on the water are the humpback, southern right and orca whales! These incredible sea mammals drop by Phillip Island between May and October as they make their way north for calving, providing keen whale watchers with plenty of opportunities to see them frolic in the cool waters.

So, what are some of the best ways to see whales on Phillip Island? Well, there are plenty of great spots on land where you can see these impressive creatures, including The Nobbies, Pyramid Rock, Cape Woolamai, Surf Beach and the Summerlands region, but the best way to really get up close and personal is by hopping aboard a chartered whale watching tour!

There are multiple boating options to choose from, including a Wild Oceans EcoBoat Adventure Tour or a Winter Whale Cruise, where you will learn all about these amazing creatures and their migrational habits as you spot them from the deck.

Finally, Phillip Island Helicopters offers plenty of opportunities to spot migrating whales as you soar above the gorgeous Phillip Island landscape.

So, if you’ve come to Phillip Island for a bit of whale-spotting, there’s a good chance you are going to want to see some of the island’s other extraordinary creatures, right?

Let’s take a look at what other natural phenomena await you on the ever-impressive Phillip Island…

The Penguin Parade

The Penguin Parade, alongside whale watching, is one of Phillip Island’s most important natural events. It’s the time of day when the island’s little penguin population comes waddling up the seashore after spending a hard day’s yakka searching for food in the water.

Just be sure to pick the right time of year to take the kids, though, as it gets pretty chilly in winter but the sun goes down later in summer (coinciding with the time the penguins come marching up the sand!).

Seal Rocks

Just around the corner from the Penguin Parade lies another testament to Phillip Island’s natural wonder: Seal Rocks. Seal Rocks is home to some 25,000 fur seals, who galavant and tumble around the rocks at all times of the day, making for a joyous spectacle to see before heading over the twilight Penguin Parade!

Related article: Reasons Why You Should Visit Phillip Island

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.