Whale watching is a thrilling experience. Observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is something quite magical. For whale watching in Victoria, the Great Ocean Road is one of the most popular destinations, Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland in particular. Below is information on whale migration in Australia and the best spots for whale watching along Great Ocean Road
If you’re looking for whale watching from Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road is a convenient distance for a day trip but with all the fantastic scenery, attractions, food & drink and accommodation options many people choose a longer stay to explore the rest of this magnificent region while they’re here. Here is everything you need to know about whale watching along the Great Ocean Road
The whale season in Australia occurs in the winter months (May to September). Whale migration in Australia occurs when whales leave the Antarctic and head north to our warmer waters for breeding, birthing and raising their calves.
The whales migrate through Australia’s east, west and southern borders but some of the best whale watching in Australia can be enjoyed along the Great Ocean Road. There you can not only spot Southern Right whales, but also Blue whales. During this time whales can be seen off the coast of the Great Ocean Road breaching, blowing, lob-tailing and tail-flapping.
Whales can be spotted all the way along the Great Ocean Road coast between Torquay and Nelson. Whilst the entire coastline along the Great Ocean Road is popular for whale watching in Victoria, there is a section of the Great Ocean Road known as the Whale Trail that is a popular destination for whale watching.
The Whale Trail is a 73-kilometre stretch from Warrnambool through Port Fairy to Portland. Along the Whale Trail (also known as the ‘whale corridor’), you’ll spot Southern Right, Humpback, Blue and the occasional Orca.
Some of the best whale watching spots on the Great Ocean Road include:
Contact one of our Visitor Information Centres to find out more about whale watching from Melbourne. Our local experts will be able to help with the best places to stay that are close to the best whale watching along Great Ocean Road and can also let you know of any recent whale sightings.
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