How to make the most of whale watching season in Victoria
With more than 60 per cent of the world’s whale population found in Australian waters, it's easier than you might think to get up close with the world’s largest mammals.
Take to the waves on any given day in winter at Phillip Island, and you’re likely to spot fish, algae – and roughly 200 whales. Humpbacks, southern right whales, and orcas can all be found within two hours of Melbourne, so what are they doing near our fairy penguin pals?
Ben Dickie, Marketing Manager at Wildlife Coast Cruises, tells us they are on their bi-yearly migration from Antarctica during whale watching season. “Wintertime brings whales on their northly migration,” he says. “After spending the summer [there], they head to warmer waters of northern Australia to mate, give birth and nurse their calves.”
So, when is the best time to see whales in Victoria? And where can you go to spot these magnificent creatures of the sea?