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Posted on 11/06/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Island Whale Festival 5-7th July 2019
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What’s so special about being on Phillip Island during the winter school holidays? Witnessing the arrival of Humpback whales and Southern Right whales into our coastal waters, from some of the best vantage points in Victoria, make the island a pretty special place.

The Island Whale Festival celebrates the arrival of these majestic creatures as they make their way north to their winter breeding grounds. This immersive three day event takes place on Phillip Island from 5-7 July, and features a range of free or low cost activities right across the island and the entire weekend.

Whale spotting will of course be a highlight of this weekend, and visitors will have plenty of opportunities to do this from either land or sea.   

Meet a marine biologist at one of the many lookouts on the Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail and learn how to spot the tell-tale signs of whales as they cruise through our waters. The Trail stretches from the Bunurong Coastal Reserve between Inverloch and Cape Paterson to a number of prime viewing locations on Phillip Island such as Cape Woolamai and Pyramid Rock. Or you can join one of the boat tours that circumnavigate the island and search for both whales and dolphins. 

There are craft activities with Boomerang Bags, hands-on workshops Eco Explorers and Seaweed Sally, and info sessions on marine research and plastic reduction. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Whale out of Water activity which involves climbing inside a 19-metre inflatable whale for a fun and unique learning experience presented by Dolphin Research Institute.

This year’s Festival also features a wonderful and varied Intercultural Arts program with drumming circles, story-telling, songs of country, and deep listening circles.  Innovative and affordable art and craft works will be on display and also for sale from many of our locally based award-winning photographers, painters, mixed media artists and woodcrafters. Some of our most talented marine and wildlife photographers will share their expertise across the weekend with talks, tours and workshops. 

For detailed program information on these and many more great activities, visit or find the Festival on Facebook and Instagram at @islandwhales