FIVE TOP SPOTS FOR WHALE ENCOUNTERS
1. HERVEY BAY, QLD
A half-day cruise, with guaranteed Humpback whale sightings, runs between mid-July and early November.
Phone: 1800 689 610
Cost: $85 adults, $45 children. Breakfast or lunch included.
2. JERVIS BAY, NSW
DOLPHIN EXPLORER CRUISES
Runs during the Humpback whale migration season between June and mid-November. There’s also the chance to see dolphins, seals and turtles.
Phone: 1800 444 330
Cost: $40 adults, $20 children for three-hour tour.
3. GEOGRAPHE BAY, WA
In terms of the number of different breeds of whale, WA is spoiled. Between September and December, humpback, southern right, minke and, increasingly, giant blue whales pass through Geographe Bay on their way to their Antarctic feeding grounds.
Phone: (08) 9755 2276
Cost: $40 adults, $35 children for three-hour tour.
4. VICTOR HARBOUR, SA
SEAFARER II CRUISES
In Encounter Bay, southern right whales can be seen looking exceptionally bulky between May and October, when they’re visiting to mate and give birth.
Phone: (09) 8552 2980
Cost: $60 adult, $42 children.
5. WARRNAMBOOL, VIC
DIVE INN CHARTERS & TOURS
The southern right whales can be seen from the viewing platform at Logan’s Beach, but if you want to get up close to them, then a four-hour tour is the go.
Phone: (03) 5562 5044
Cost: $50. Includes free cheese tasting at Cheese World. And yes, there is such a place.