Welcome, skip to the content.



Travel along Victoria's spectacular southern coastline and watch humpback whales, southern right whales, blue whales and orcas as they make their annual pilgrimage from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to give birth and raise their calves in Australia's warmer waters. More than 60 percent of the world's whale population can be found in Australian waters, where numbers have grown steadily over the last twenty years. Whales begin arriving in May and stay until early October, when they make the return journey to Antarctica.

Whales can be spotted out at sea all along the Great Ocean Road, past Phillip Island and on to Gippsland's south coast, however, the best viewing opportunities are found in and around Portland, Warrnambool and Phillip Island. Watch from purpose-built viewing platforms, clifftops and rocky outcrops along the coast or join a wildlife cruise or scenic flight to get a closer look.


Whale watching

You may also like...

Wildlife & zoos


Watch from the shore, or join an organised expedition to swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's friendly bottlenose and common dolphins.

Nature & wildlife

National parks and reserves

Be inspired and get active in the alpine, desert, forest, coastal, outback and urban landscapes of Victoria's 100-plus parks and reserves.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches and coastlines

Drag yourself away from the Great Ocean Road with its dramatic rock sculptures and soaring views, and discover more of Victoria's stunning coastline.

Wildlife & zoos


The intriguing kangaroo is the unofficial symbol of Australia and can be found in the wild in many parts of Victoria, including close to Melbourne.