Festival – Sunday – July 4th


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


Design A Whale Rock

Bass Coast Shire Council

Be creative and design your own whale rock. Take your rock home and make sure you look after it or you may even want to hide your rock so someone else can find it. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free – Drop-in anytime from 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 – 2pm-3pm

Penguin Parade Visitor Centre 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerland


Meet The Ranger

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Have all your questions and queries about the life of a little penguin answered on this ranger walk (Summerlands).

Free – 10.30am-11.30am. Bookings Essential

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

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


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


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


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


The 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 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, Westernport Water and Turn The Page.

Free 9am-5pm. 

102 Thompson Avenue, Cowes

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




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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