Festival – Saturday – July 3rd


Winter Whale 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


Dolphin and Whale Cruise

Wildlife Coast Cruises

Set sail on a 3-hour winter dolphin & whale adventure venturing past the sheer cliffs of Cape Woolamai and along Phillip Island’s attractive southern coastline.

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

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


Marine Debris Sorting

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Help the Nature Parks rangers sort marine debris found on Summerland Beach during the morning beach clean.

Free – 11.30am-12noon

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


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


Pom Pom Whales

Bass Coast Shire Council

Make your very own cute whale out of pom poms. Learn about these huge majestic animals that live in our ocean. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free – Drop in anytime between 11am-1pm

Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre – 895 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven


Marine Debris Art

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Get creative and decorate your own card with marine debris, whilst sharing a message of hope for our oceans.

Free – 1.30pm-3pm

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre –1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

11am, 1pm, 3pm

Whale Out Of Water


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


Turn The Tide Beach Clean

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Join a ranger to find the ins and outs of the Turn the Tide program and how our community is coming together to reduce marine debris.

Free – 10.30am-11.30am. Bookings Required

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre –1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland

10am & 11am

Spot A Whale


Learn how to spot a whale with a local scientist, with the magnificent views from the Nobbies centre. This is the perfect location to learn the tell-tale signs of a whale.

Free – 10am and 11am. Bookings Essential.

The Nobbies Meeting Room, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


High Tea By The Sea

The Cape Kitchen

The perfect location to spot a whale! Commence with a glass of sparkling wine, indulge with a selection of sweet & savoury treats, and conclude with loose leaf tea or espresso coffee.


The Cape Kitchen – 1215 Phillip Island Rd, Newhaven


Wildlife Photography Talk by Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell

Chris shares insights of his wildlife photography journey. Learn how Chris Farrell Nature Photography provides imagery to help track and Identify Endangered Southern Right Whales travelling past Phillip Island and in Victoria’s waters.

Free 1pm-2pm. Bookings Essential

The Nobbies – Meeting Room 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


Wildlife and Whale Spotting Photography Workshop and Tour

Photo Rangers

We’ll trek up along the high Cape Track that provides one of the best lookout spots for local wildlife, migrating whales and some of the most stunning landscapes on the island. In this workshop, we’ll be teaching fundamental principles of wildlife photography so that you get the best shot possible covering things like camera settings, focus, composition and animal behaviour.

2pm – Bookings Essential 


Whales of Victoria


Where do they come from and where do they go? Have you seen whales today? Join this discussion and presentation on the whales we see each year. Learn about how you spot, and report sightings. Presented by Dave Donnelly Two Bays Whale Project.

Free 3pm-4pm. Bookings Essential

The Nobbies Meeting Room – 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


Students in the Field —Conservation and Resilience

Phillip Island Nature Parks

This session will include discussions on scientific practice and outcomes for conservation. Students will discuss their specific projects and their personal experience in performing conservation science and maintaining resilience during their journey as a student of conservation science.

Free 2pm-3pm

Penguin Parade Education Centre Room 1 – 1019 Ventnor Rd. Summerland


Whale Mosaic

Heather Fahnle studio

Create a whale tail mosaic with Heather and Karen. Mosaic art is decorating a surface with designs made up of closely set, usually variously coloured, small pieces of material such as stone, mineral, glass, tile, or shell.

10.30am-12.30pm. Bookings Essential

Heather Fahnle’s studio in Ventnor


Marine Career Session - 'Hey mum, I want to be a marine biologist!

Sue Mason & Deakin Uni

Many of us have said this growing up and either want to follow marine science as a career path or would like to know what it is like to work in the field. This session is an opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, local marine scientists, project officers, educators, wildlife managers, and Deakin University marine science course coordinators.

Free 11am-12noon. Bookings Essential

Penguin Parade Education Room 1 – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


Common Good - Citizen Science and Common Dolphins

DR Sue Mason

Common dolphins are often spotted along the Bass Coast.  Are these local common dolphins similar to those in Port Phillip who exhibit residency behaviours and a social structure not typical of the species?

Free 12.30pm-1.30pm. Bookings Essential

Penguin Parade Education Room 1 – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


Killer Sperm Whales

Benjamin Francischelli

Modern Sperm whales are the biggest toothed predators of all time. At over 20 metres in length, they occasionally swim past Phillip Island and are rarely seen. In this presentation, palaeontologist Ben Francischelli will be diving back millions of years, to uncover the anatomy of this super-predator, unveiling new evidence of their last stronghold in Melbourne (Australia).

Free 2.30pm-3.30pm. Bookings Essential

Penguin Parade Education Room 2 – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


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


Festival Hub - Cowes

St Philips Church

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

Free 9am-5pm. 

St Philips Church – 102 Thompson Avenue, Cowes


Panel at the Parade – Our Heroes of the Ocean

Phillip Island Nature Parks

The ocean surrounding Phillip Island is teaming with wildlife. Thousands of Australian Fur Seals thrive and breed on Seal Rocks, Short-tailed Shearwaters visit to breed from the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, dolphins reside offshore, and whales migrate along the coast annually. Meet experts in marine science on this panel and learn how these species inhabit this ecosystem together. Buy a 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 – 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


10.30am & 1.30pm

Whale Tail Identification


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


What’s in a Face?

Kasey Stamation

Find out how you can join the WhaleFace community and contribute to valuable research on the critically endangered Southern right whale. This talk will highlight what we have learnt about Southern right whales by studying the unique patterns on their heads. For more information on WhaleFace See https://www.swifft.net.au/srwsmp

Free – 1.30pm-2.30pm. Bookings Essential

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


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