From May to early October, whales migrate from Antarctica along the Victorian coastline to the north, to warmer waters near Queensland. Whales choose to give birth and raise their calves just off the Victoria coast. In this season, all major cruise companies begin to offer boat trips to see the migration of whales along the coast.
During the season, hundreds of these giant marine mammals can be seen. In the Warrnambool, one ideal watching spot, whales arrive to raise offspring in sheltered bays along the coast. They are easy to see at this time, because they like to be close to the shore. There is a free observation deck near the Logans Beach Road.
Among the most prevalent species of these giant mammals, you can spot humpback whales, southern right whales, orcas, and blue whales. Whales can be spotted at sea all along Victoria's coast, including the Great Ocean Road, around Phillip Island and down to Gippsland's south coast. The best whale-watching areas are located in Portland, Warrnambool, and Phillip Island—a popular day trip from Melbourne. Look for viewing platforms, clifftops and rocky outcrops along the coast for a better view or join a wildlife cruise to get a closer look at these majestic mammals.
The waters of the island and the coast are also abundant with playful dolphins, Australian sea lions, and Seal Rocks offers the chance to meet with thousands of fur seals, frolicking in the sun, as well as beautiful sea birds.