Southern Right Whale Nursery
Almost every year between June and September, female Southern Right whales return to the waters of Warrnambool’s Logans Beach to calve. The whales often swim within a hundred metres of the shore. They can be viewed from a specially constructed platform in the sand dunes or from the beach.
Whale watching platform
Logans Beach Road, off Hopkins Point Road, Warrnambool
Practical viewing tips
- Call the Visitor Information Centre beforehand to check whether the whales are in the area.
- Sometimes whales may not be visible at Logans Beach, even though they are in the region – make time for multiple visits.
- Please keep off the fragile vegetation and sand dunes, and use the facilities provided.
- Binoculars or a telescope can enhance viewing.
- Be prepared for windy or wet conditions.
- Nearest toilets – 1km Hopkins River.
- Take a whale watching tour
Why do the whales come to Warrnambool?
Southern Right Whales have been visiting Warrnambool for hundreds of years. Once they were hunted almost to the point of extinction, but since whaling was outlawed in 1935, their numbers have been growing.
In summer, Southern Right whales live in the sub-Antarctic. In winter, they migrate to warmer waters around the southern areas of Australia.
The females migrate to the “nursery” areas close to the shore to bear their calves, while the males, yearlings and young adults remain further out to sea.
The normal pattern for Warrnambool whales is for them to snoop around the coast for a few days and then start heading to Logans Beach. Once the Logans Beach area has been 'scouted' by the mother whale they go back out to sea and have their calf.
They then return to Logans Beach to care for their new born whale calf through winter before returning to the southern oceans in September and October
Whale Watching Tours
Get up close and personal with the friendly giants of the sea on a whale watching tour around Warrnambool and Port Fairy.
Southern Coast Charters
Board the Southern Explorer to view the amazing wildlife of Australia, from a unique perspective. Whilst whale sightings are not guaranteed, the knowledgable crew make every effort to locate nursing whales without disturbing their natural patterns.
Phone: +61 3 5598 3112
Boat Dock: Port Fairy Docks near Gipps Street, Port Fairy