Whale Watching in Portland

Thursday 5th of October 2023 - Thursday 3rd of October 2024

The whales are back in Portland for another season... read more.


Wade Street, Portland, VIC, 3305
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Thu Jun 20th, Fri Jun 21st, Sat Jun 22nd, Sun Jun 23rd, Mon Jun 24th, Tue Jun 25th, Wed Jun 26th


The whales are back in Portland for another season!

Spotting one of nature’s most magnificent wild mammals is a truly memorable experience. Make sure you never miss an opportunity at Australia’s Whale capital, Portland. They even have a Whalemail to notify you of whale sightings.

If the whale flag is flying outside the Portland Visitor Information Centre there is a great chance visitors will catch a glimpse of southern right whales, Humpback whales or if lucky Orcas (Killer whales), which often visit Portland and Cape Bridgewater bays in winter.

Southern right whales are easily distinguished by large white bumps on the top and sides of the head. They visit from May to October, on their annual migration from the deep Southern Ocean, to the warmer waters of southern Australia to mate and calve.

Humpback whales play and feed here while travelling between their tropical breeding and Antarctic feeding areas.

Blue whales can be seen when ocean currents bring krill to the coast over summer and autumn.



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