Top 8 Whale Watching Tips

Top 8 Whale Watching Tips

Here are our top tried and tested tips to spot yourself a whale this winter!

  • The best time to spot whales is while the sun is shining. During the morning and middle of the day, whales will breach to sun themselves, and if you are lucky pose for a photo.

  • Bring gloves, a beanie, thick socks, a warm jacket and even binoculars. Whale watching is addictive, so make yourself comfortable in the winter elements.

  • If you see someone with a serious looking camera and footlong lens, politely ask them if they hve seen anything – keen whale photographers have the best tips!

  • Just like a newborn baby, whale mums don’t want loud noises disturbing their young. So remember that by law, no drones are allowed over Logans Beach Whale Nursery, elsewhere drones are not to be less than 500 metres above a whale, Jet skis must stay 300 metres away, boats must stay 200 metres away and 50 metres for swimmers and surfers.

  • Be patient as whales may not appear immediately. Stay focused and scan the horizon regularly for unpredictable surfacing.

  • Choose clear days with good visibility. Sunny days with calm seas provide clearer views. Early morning or late afternoons offer better lighting and increased activity.

  • Make sure you visit during peak migration seasons for the best chance of sightings.

  • Head to the local Visitor Information Centre for the insider scoop on whales watching along the Great Ocean Road.

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