Whale watching in Narre Warren

Free and cheap ways to spot these amazing creatures

Each year, nature’s majestic whales make their migration through our coastal waters.

In May, they begin their journey to the warmer waters of their northern breeding grounds, returning south in November.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the whales frolicking off the coast near Narre Warren.

Here’s our guide to some of the best spots for whale watching around Narre Warren

For the best whale watching around Narre Warren, Berwick, Hallam and Cranbourne, it’s hard to beat Phillip Island.

Hike to the hilltops

  • One thing’s for sure when it comes to spotting whales from land. The higher the vantage point, the better!
  • Find a clifftop spot with an unobstructed view of the ocean.
  • The best high vantage points around Phillip Island include:

Hit the beach

  • Of course, hitting the hills isn’t the only way to go whale watching near Narre Warren. There’s lots of opportunities to see whales from the shoreline on Phillip Island.
  • Spots to try include:

Festival of Whales!

  • The fabulous Phillip Island Whale Festival is on from 7th – 9th July and there’s lots of fun free and low cost events to celebrate.
  • Follow their Facebook page for updates and event details.

Get social

  • If you’re headed to Phillip Island to go whale spotting, check the handy Phillip Island Whale Sightings 2017 Google Map.
  • It shows you exactly when and where whales have recently been spotted.
  • The Friends of Phillip Island is a great Facebook group to follow for great pics and videos of recent whale sightings.

Be prepared

  • Wherever you choose to go whale watching, to make the most of your day follow these handy tips:
    • Wait for clear, clam weather. Rain and cloud makes whales harder to see.
    • Take some binoculars with you. If you don’t own a pair, put the word out and borrow some from a friend.
    • Keep your day cheap by packing snacks and drinks from home.
    • We know it’s not summer – but don’t forget to slip, slop, slap with the sunscreen.
    • Settle in and get comfy! Whales can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes before resurfacing, so you’ll need to be patient.