Phillip Island Winter Whale Watching Cruise

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Highlights & inclusions

4 hour winter whale cruise
Huge colony of Fur Seals
Morning tea & delicious lunch
Informative, entertaining commentary
Great photo opportunities
Perfect for all ages
or 4 payments of $43.75 with more info

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

What you can expect

Take advantage of the whale season to venture to Phillip Island's wildlife-rich surrounds, with not just whale watching but other wildlife & great scenery! Operating between June and the beginning of August each year, this 4 hour Phillip Island whale watching tour departs from Phillip Island's Rhyll Jetty into the open water aboard a comfortable vessel to explore the wonderful marinescapes that Phillip Island has become famous for. While aboard you'll get the chance to take in the sights of whales as they breach and play, while keeping an eye out for the various other kinds of marine life as you soak in the captain's informative and entertaining commentary on all the local highlights.

Enjoy a complimentary morning tea as you're taken to the popular Seal Rocks to see Phillip Island's famously large colony of Fur Seals (averages of over 5000 seals!) and admire the rugged geological beauty of the island's rocky outcroppings along the way. With a tasty lunch also included, you'll have everything you need to see the best of Phillip Island whale watching this season - so for one of the most animal-rich whale watching experiences in Australia, book this cruise online today!


What you need to know

  • 4 hour coastal cruise Seal Rocks visit Regular dolphin sightings whale sightings (Expected 80% of cruises but not guaranteed)
  • A licensed bar
  • Delicious morning tea
  • Transfers from Melbourne (you will need to make your own way to Phillip Island, approximately 1.5hrs from the Melbourne CBD)
  • Your best chance of seeing migrating whales up close
  • Enjoy a full circumnavigation of Phillip Island’s beautiful coastline
  • Regular dolphin and seabird sightings
  • Wildlife information and interpretation
  • Spectacular rock formations such as the Nobbies, Pyramid Rock and Cape Woolamai
  • Cirumnavigate Phillip Island
  • A freshly prepared lunch of sandwiches and hot soup
  • Visit Australia’s largest fur seal colony
  • See the shy Albatross
  • Friendly and professional staff who provide entertaining and expert commentary
  • Mid June to early August
  • Winter whale cruises depart daily from Rhyll Jetty, 16 Beach Road, Rhyll (mid June to early August) at 8:30am and return at 12:30pm. Boarding passes can be collected 30 minutes prior to departure. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour and the tour departure point
  • Vessel subject to change without notice
What To Bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Motion sickness prevention if required
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

Recent reviews

53 reviews

What a wonderful experience

What a wonderful experience! The captain and crew were informative and delivered as expected. The cruise was not overly loaded which is always good for any confined journey. When the whales eventually appeared, the passion and excitement of the crew were so heartwarming.

Chris Loo about 6 years ago


Hi, we were absolutely thrilled by our experience the crew from wildlife coast Cruises was really amazing and involved in our experience. They were friendly and informative. The food and refreshments were good too. My wife has posted pictures and written about it on her FB account asking friends from overseas to visit us here and enjoy the unique and beautiful Australian wildlife. Cheers!

Jude D'souza about 7 years ago

A wonderful time viewing hundreds of seals at seal rock

A wonderful time viewing hundreds of seals at seal rock. Many swim right up to the boat, plenty of time to get good photos. Albatross sightings and pods of dolphins racing alongside our boat, on our way to find whales. Quite a few humpback whale sightings. The crew gave interesting commentary on whale facts and did their best to get as close as the whale would allow where we were given plenty of time to watch, then continued on to Cape Woolamai to view amazing coastal cliffs. Along the way, cake for morning tea is served, then lunch consisting of very fresh, yummy sandwiches, soup and bread roll with butter, all brought to each passenger. Hot drinks and snacks available too. Rug up and take a motion sickness tablet half an hour before the trip if you are concerned about choppy seas. It worked well for me. Excellent experience. Can't wait to go again.

Shirley about 8 years ago

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