5 Reasons Why You Should Go Whale watching in Warrnambool

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Whale watching in Warrnambool

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 06/11/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

You can’t go to Warrnambool and skip whale watching!

Warrnambool is a charming coastal town located along the Great Ocean Road. There are heaps of activities and sites to enjoy in Warrnambool. Some of these include Thunder Point, Granny’s Grave Beach and Stingray Bay.

One of the most popular things to do in Warrnambool is to go whale watching. Here are 5 reasons to go whale watching in Warrnambool!

  1. It’s not everyday that you get to see whales in the wild

Whale sightings can be quite rare. You can try to spot whales from the shores in Warrnambool, but it’s easier to spot them from a boat.

From May to September, pods of whales will migrate from the Antarctic sea in order to birth their calves. They will typically stick close to the shores, which makes it easier to spot the creatures.

  1. You have the chance to spot a few different whale species

There is more than one species of whale that migrates to the area. Some of the species you may see include the Southern Right, Blue Whale, Humpback and Orca.

Southern Right Whales are recognisable by their black colour, white patches on their belly and a lack of dorsal fin. Blue Whales have a long and slender body compared to other whales and appear to be a bluish-grey colour. Humpback Whales are recognisable by their dark grey or black bodies, pectoral fins and white patches on their bellies. Orcas are pretty easily recognised by their black backs and white chests, with white patches near their eyes.

  1. There is plenty to learn about the whales

One of the perks of whale watching is that you will have a guide or boat captain who will tell you all about the whales. There is lots to learn about these majestic creatures!

Did you know that the Blue Whale is the largest animal on the planet? Or that Orcas are very social animals?

Your guide or captain will also act as an extra set of eyes, helping you to spot the whales from the boat.

  1. You may see other sea creatures

There aren’t just whales swimming around in the waters off the coast of Warrnambool. You may also be able to spot other critters such as dolphins, seals and colourful fish.

Just like with the whales, your boat captain or guide will be helping to keep an eye out for any fascinating creatures swimming in the waters nearby. Have your cameras ready as you never know what you might see!

  1. The scenery is incredible

If you join a whale watching excursion, you’ll be surrounded by incredible scenery. Not only will you have panoramic views of the ocean waters. You’ll also have gorgeous views of the coastline, from rocky cliffs to sandy beaches dotted with lush greenery.

These are just five reasons to go whale watching in Warrnambool. This is your sign to jump aboard an epic whale watching adventure!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.