Festival – Friday – July 2nd

May - Oct

Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail

Various locations

Follow the whale trail at iconic viewing points along Bass Coast and Phillip Island to search for whales. The trail leads you to a range of viewing points with interpretive signage providing an insight to migratory whales and their behaviours. Maps available at Visitor Centres and Cowes Cultural Centre

9am-1pm

Whale Watching Cruise

Wildlife Coast Cruises

A 4-hour cruise that circumnavigates Phillip Island in search of the Humpback and Southern Right whales, visiting Seal Rocks, with regular dolphin and albatross sightings. Includes morning tea and lunch.

9am to 1pm – Bookings Essential
Rhyll Jetty

12.45pm -4pm

Dolphin and Whale Cruise

Wildlife Coast Cruises

A 3 hour cruise along the southern coast of Phillip Island, joining in the search for dolphins, Humpback and Southern Right Whales. Marvel at the acrobatics of the dolphins and be in awe of these gentle giants. Includes afternoon

12:45pm to 4pm – Bookings Essential
San Remo Jetty

11am -1pm

Clay Sea Creatures

Bass Coast Shire Council

Come and get creative and make your own favourite sea creatures out of clay to take home. Learn about the amazing sea creatures that live in the rock pools and the ocean. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Free – Drop-in anytime from 11am to 1pm
Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre

All Day

Bubbles not Balloons

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Balloons are a HUGE killer of our marine life and populations of some species are declining due to marine pollution. The display will focus on “When Balloons Fly Seabirds Die”. Take part in making bubbles and spread the message.

Free – All Day
Penguin Parade Visitor Centre – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

11am

Stories and Craft

Phillip Island Library

Making Whale Masks – Hear stories of the ocean and create and decorate your own whale mask. Hosted by the West Gippsland Regional Libraries at the Phillip Island Library.

Suitable for 4 – 8-year-olds.
Free – 11am to 12noon – Bookings Essential
Phillip Island Library 89 Thompson Ave, Cowes

2pm-3pm

Whale Origami Stories and Craft

Phillip Island Library

Learn to fold a range of origami whales and create your own whale pod mobile. Hosted by the West Gippsland Regional Libraries at the Phillip Island Library.

Suitable for 8 – 12-year-olds.

Free – 2pm – 3pm Bookings Essential

Phillip Island Library – 89 Thompson Ave, Cowes

10.30am

Traditional Welcome Ceremony

The Bunurong Land Council

A welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony will be provided by the Traditional Owners of the land, the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation.

Free – 10.30am

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

BOOKED OUT

Beachcomber

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Take a guided tour on Summerland Beach at the Penguin Parade as part of Island Whales 2021. Together, we will explore beach washed items from the ocean with a Phillip Island Nature Parks ranger to understand life in the Bass Strait. 

Free – 10.30am. BOOKED OUT.

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

10.30am & 1.30pm

Whale Tail Identification

DRI

Calling all budding marine biologists! How many Flukes and Fins can you identify?

Learn how scientists discovered that individual marine mammals can be identified by the patterns or marks on their fins or flukes (tails), similar to fingerprints for humans.  Then you will have a go see how many can you get right.

Free – 10.30am & 1.30pm. Bookings Essential

Education Room 2 Penguin Parade Visitor Centre 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

11am-1pm

Paint Your Own Beach Bag

Karen Allen Art

Join local artist Karen Allen in a fun activity. Decorate your own calico drawstring beach bag with a ‘Whale Tail’ Design. You get to keep your bag for those Phillip Island Beach days.

11am-1pm Bookings Essential

Heather Fahnle’s studio in Ventnor

11am, 1pm, 3pm

Whale Out Of Water

DRI

Kids of all ages will love learning about the humpback whale and all about their journey from Antarctica to Queensland. After the session, you will get to see a life-size replica of a female humpback.

11am, 1pm & 3pm. Bookings Essential

Penguin Parade Theatre – 1019 Ventnor Rd. Summerland

All Day

Colour A Whale

Destination Phillip Island

Kids can get creative and enjoy colouring whales throughout the day at the colouring table.

All Day – Free

St Philips Church – 102 Thompson Avenue, Cowes

10.15am

The Snail and the Whale

Phillip Island Nature Parks

A beautiful tale of an unlikely friendship, a tour of the world and a heroic rescue. Based on the picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Free 10.15am. Bookings Essential

Penguin Parade Theatre – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

9am-5pm

Festival Hub - Cowes

St Phillips Church

Find a range of interesting displays and Whale Festival Information at our Cowes site. Stallholders and activities include Phillip Island Visitor Information Van, Wildlife Coast Cruises, Victorian Fisheries Authority, Boomerang Bags Phillip Island & San Remo, St Philips preloved books, Westernport Water and Turn The Page.

Free 9am-5pm. 

102 Thompson Avenue, Cowes

6.30pm

Panel at the Parade – Phillip Island’s Little Penguins

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks passionate research team — Team Penguin — work tirelessly in the field to monitor Little Penguin population health, breeding success and environmental stressors. The team will answer your questions, share their Little Penguin expertise and their favourite stories from the field.

Enjoy dessert or a drink while you learn from the panel in the Shearwater Restaurant at the Penguin Parade.

Free – 6.30pm. Bookings Essential

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

1.30pm - 3pm

Whale Tales Mural

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Join the fun and paint your heart out on our biodiversity themed mural which is on a scale that lets everyone make their mark. Drop-in session.

Free – 1.30pm – 3pm

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

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