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Winter Whale Trail

New in 2018 come on the Winter Whale Trial! Experience locally made itineraries from Warrnambool, through Port Fairy and to Portland, for everything to do and see and what's on along the way! 

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Whale watching in winter

When you think of winter holiday destinations, you don’t automatically think of the beach do you?  Well in Victoria, many people do, and the reason is to welcome home some VIW’s (very important whales) from their long migration up from the colder antarctic waters.  visit the waters along the Great Ocean Road between June and September – the majestic Southern Right Whale.

The sheltered waters of Lady Bay becomes the nursing and playground for the Southern RIght Whale between May and October. The protected bay is perfect for the gentle giants to give birth and raise their calves.

The whales migrate each winter from the cooler waters of the Antarctic and have been visiting since records began.

Watch from the shores as these massive creatures frolic in the water and put on a spectacular show of tail slapping, spy hopping and fluke waving as they loll about in the warmth of the coastal waters.

The Logan Beach Whale Watching Platform east of the Hopkins River, is a perfect viewing point. Notifications of whale sitings can be found at the Visitor Information Centre and on the Great Ocean Road Whales Facebook Page.

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Logans Beach Whale Watching Platform

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.

For updates on whale sightings, drop into the Visitor Information Centre, see the below articles or visit the Great Ocean Road Whales Facebook page. 

Why do 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

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Southern Right Whale wikimedia Dr.Haus

Whale Sightings

Sightings are subject to change quickly - We attempt to update the page with the latest confirmed sightings in a timely manner.

Date

Whale Sighting 

 

 

3/6/2017

Logans Beach 1 x Southern Right Whales Calf and Cow pair

3/6/2017

Logans Beach 2 x Humpback Whales heading east

4/6/2017

Logans Beach 2 SRW CC pairs

5/6/2017

Logans Beach 2 x SRW CC pairs

6/6/2017

Logans Beach 2 x SRW CC pairs

7/6/2017

Logans Beach 2 x SRW CC pairs

8/6/2017

Logans Beach 2 x SRW CC pairs

9/6/2017

Logans Beach 2 x SRW CC pairs

 

 


Have you seen a whale at or near Logans Beach? If a sighting has not been reported on this site call the team at the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre TOLL FREE on 1800 637 725 or email vic@warrnambool.vic.gov.au to share the news!

Join Our Great Ocean Road Whales Facebook Page To Keep Up To Date On The Move

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

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