Every year, southern right whales and blue whales migrate from Victoria in search of sunnier climates, and we’re fast approaching the season when you can spot them languishing off the shoreline in all their magnificent glory.
The Great Ocean Road is a popular spot for many reasons – it boasts a wild and rugged coastline, it is home to several of the region’s best-loved natural attractions, and it garners stunning views out across the ocean, which is why it is the perfect place for whale watching.
If you find yourself in the region during June and October, then you’re in with a chance of spotting one of these beauties. Hundreds of them swim through the waters as the migrate to find warmer temperatures (and who can really blame them?).
Whale Watching at Logan’s Beach
From the sandy dunes of Logan’s Beach, you have the perfect vantage point for spotting the whales. This is where Victoria’s southern right whale nursery is located, so you have a high chance of seeing these huge creatures as they begin their migration.
From the beach, you can easily come within 100-metres of the mammals, as they frolic around the shoreline, but there is also a specially constructed viewing platform that offers incredible views across the ocean and out into the nursery.
Here, you can watch the females come back to the nursery to calve and rear their young before they head back to the sub-Antarctic waters. Further out at sea, you might be able to spot the males and young adults as they play around in the deeper waters.
The Southern Right Whale
These magnificent creatures are easy to spot – not least because of their impressive size.
They also have a smooth, black back and don’t have a dorsal fin like many other species. Each head of a southern right whale is peppered with callosities, which are kinda of like crusty outgrowths. They differ from whale to whale, giving unique markings to them. You might also spot a smattering of white on the whales’ bellies, a colouring that sets them apart from other whale species.
If you’re ready to spot these incredible creatures in their natural habitat, make sure you do everything you can to ensure viewing is a dead cert. Call the Visitor Information Centre before you head to Logan’s Beach to see if the whales are around – and, remember, even if they’re in the region, they might not be visible from the shore.
If this is the case, be sure to come back another time to see if you can spot them!