Phillip Island Winter Whale Cruise

Embark on a winter whale adventure discovering Phillip Island’s picturesque coastline
Melbourne, Australia
4 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9am to 1pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not available
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All ages
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Phillip Island

What's Included

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Discover Phillip Island’s picturesque coastline across 4 hours

  • Search for Humpback and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration

  • Wildlife information and interpretation

  • Access to a licensed bar

  • Delicious freshly made lunch included

  • Tasty morning tea

  • Complimentary tea and coffee

What to Expect

Ready to embark on the ultimate winter whale watching adventure?


Depart Rhyll to circumnavigate Phillip Island, but keep a lookout for humpback and southern right whales!


From that iconic, immense blow in the distance, to the smooth footprint on the water, or a glancing dorsal fin, all these signs of whale action will lead you closer to view these majestic mammals.


Whales exhibit a range of behaviours from tail and peduncle slapping, spy-hopping, breaching, feeding, whilst others are just travelling through the area, and you get the chance to see it all!


When touring around Phillip Island you will  also visit Seal Rocks where thousands of curious Australian Fur Seals can be spotted in the water and on the rocks, going about their day in this natural habitat. While common or bottlenose dolphins are a regular sight on the cruise and can often spotted playing in the wake of the boat.


The captain and crew will keep you informed with historic commentary and wildlife interpretation through the course of your cruise with this day on the water presenting a fantastic opportunity to experience whales less than a two hour drive from Melbourne!


Departure info

Please meet at Rhyll Jetty, Phillip Island, 16 Beach Rd, Rhyll VIC.

We recommend arriving at your departure destination 30 minutes before your cruise departure time to allow for parking and unforeseen delays.

Boarding commences at our boat 15 minutes prior to cruise departure time.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, BYO is not permitted.

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Please dress for the weather, keeping in mind that it is usually cooler on the water. We recommend bringing a Keep Cup and water bottle as well as your camera.

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This varies a lot on the weather on the day, but we do recommend taking sea sickness tablets as the cruise does travel into open waters of Bass Straight and we will generally be travelling through choppy areas at times during the cruise.

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Yes, there are unisex and disabled toilets on board

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No, we do not guarantee whale sightings however we estimate an 80% chance of seeing whales

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Cruise dates and times may be changed or cancelled due to weather and passenger numbers, please check our daily updates on our website to confirm your cruise.

  • In certain sea conditions, vessel motion may cause motion sickness, please take precautions.

  • The Supplier reserves the right to cancel any cruise based on not meeting minimum numbers or weather condition. You will be informed within a reasonable timeframe of this cancellation with the option of a transfer or refund.

  • Dietary requirements or allergies must be supplied 24hrs prior to the cruise. Please note dietary requirements are not catered for on all cruises.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Changes or refunds can be made up to 24 hours prior to travel on Phillip Island tours at no extra cost (except groups/charters).

  • Cancellations/Changes within 24 hours for Phillip Island tours or no-shows will not be refunded and incur a 50% booking fee when rescheduling.

  • If a cruise is cancelled due to weather or any unforeseen circumstance a transfer or refund will be offered.

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