Upcoming Event: Island Whale Festival 2017 | Experience Oz + NZ

Upcoming Event: Island Whale Festival 2017

Watch the annual whale migration past Phillip Island by attending the Island Whale Festival from the 7th to the 9th of July. The waters off the popular Victorian island are common homes for Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales as they make their way north up the east coast and back south.

This festival is a comprehensive three-day itinerary within the school holidays, making it the perfect experience for families living in or visiting the region. Filled with fun, affordable events including the Cape Woolamai Cruise, Trash Puppets workshop and Ocean Trivia Dinner on day one, the Winter Whale Cruise, Whale Out Of Water edutainment event, and Wildlife and Whale Spotting Photography Workshop on day two, and the Wildlife Photography Lecture, Seal Watching Cruise and EcoBoat Cape Explorer Tour on day three.

With a mixture of free and paid attractions and events on offer as well as events that are open over the whole three days of the festival, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Some of the permanent attractions include the free Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail, the Whale Art Installation at Cowes Cultural Centre and the Marine Wildlife Photo Exhibition.

You can see the full schedule for the three-day festival here.

This event is a great way to learn about the region and the migrating whales while also being treated to some incredible views of the surrounding region and learning about the importance of environmental awareness.

If you’re eager to go whale watching during the festival in the Phillip Island region then you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are opportunities to go whale watching both on land and on the water, with some of the cruises mentioned above.

The ultimate whale watching experience, plan your visit to the Island Whale Festival on Phillip Island and buy your tickets to some of the various events being held over the three days.

Visit the Island Whale Festival website for more information.

More Information

Dates: 7th of July to 9th of July

Location: Phillip Island & various locations around the island


  • Cape Woolamai Cruise: $28 Ad, $18 Ch
  • Trash Puppets: Joey Members $5, Non-Members $10
  • EcoBoat Adventure Tour to Seal Rocks: $85 Ad, $65 Ch
  • Seal Watching Cruise: $80 Ad, $55 Ch
  • EcoBoat Cape Explorer Tour: $55 Ad, $38.50 Ch
  • Ocean Trivia Dinner Event: $40pp
  • Winter Whale Cruise: $125 Ad, $85 Ch
  • Marine Research Session: $18 Ad, $9 Ch
  • Wildlife and Whale Spotting Photography Workshop: $70 pp



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