Whale watching in Victoria 2019

Catch sight of one of the world's most treasured underwater animals with these whale watching cruises.

Victoria is blessed to have the closest warm waters to Antarctica where whales purposely migrate to give birth.

Multiple whale species make their way to the shores of the Great Ocean Road each year to put on a show performed by nature.

To help you witness these creatures in their natural habitat, we've selected our favourite whale watching cruises in the state.


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Best for families: Winter Whale Watching Cruise with lunch with Wildlife Coast Cruises

Best for families: Winter Whale Watching Cruise with lunch with Wildlife Coast Cruises from Adrenaline

Highlights:

  • Cost: $125
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departs: Ryall, Phillip Island
  • Available on: Daily during whale watching season
  • Extras: Travel around Phillip Island and score an 80% chance of spotting humpback and southern right whales.

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Best for experience length: Whale Watching Cruise with morning tea and lunch with Wildlife Coast Cruises

Best for experience length: Whale Watching Cruise with morning tea and lunch with Wildlife Coast Cruises from Adrenaline

Highlights:

  • Cost: $168
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Departs: Port Welshpool
  • Available on: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during whale watching season
  • Extras: Cruise around Wilsons Promontory and spot other marine life such as seabirds, fur seals and dolphins.

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Best for price: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise with Afternoon Tea, Wildlife Coast Cruises

Best for price: Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise with Afternoon Tea, Wildlife Coast Cruises from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $110
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Departs: San Remo
  • Available on: Daily at 12:45pm from June to July
  • Extras: Catch whales and dolphins from your prime positioning on this cruise. It includes cake, tea, coffee and captain's commentary.

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Where to see whales in Victoria

Your best chance of spotting whales is around Phillip Island, Portland and Warrnambool; however, whales can also be spotted all along the Great Ocean Road.


When is the best time in the year to go whale watching in Victoria?

A number of whale species make their way from Antarctica to give birth along Australia's southern coast. Humpback, southern right, blue whales and orcas can be spotted during this time between May and early October.


Compare popular whale watching cruises in Victoria

Cruise nameCompanyLocationPrice (from)DurationExtras/inclusionsBook with
Winter Whale Watching Cruise with lunchWildlife Coast CruisesPhillip Island$1254 hoursTea and lunch, possible sightings of dolphins and sealsAdrenaline
Whale Watching Cruise with morning tea and lunchWildlife Coast CruisesPort Welshpool$1686 hoursWildlife information, morning and afternoon tea, lunchAdrenaline
Whale Watching Cruise with afternoon teaWildlife Coast CruisesSan Remo$1103.5 hoursCake, tea and coffee, captain's commentary, possible sightings of dolphinsRedBalloon
Whale watching cruiseMallacoota Fishing Charters and ToursMallacoota$360 for the first hourOn requestSmall group tours of maximum 5pax, meals included for a feeMallacoota Fishing Charters and Tours

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