WINTER BIG NATURE

Warrnambool To Torquay

Write your own nature story this winter - where breaching whales, barking seals, acrobatic dolphins and forests full of fury friends come out to play.  I am where stories unfold.

3 Days

DAY 1.

WINTER BIG NATURE

Portland to Warrnambool

Winter is a wonderful time of the year for us as we say hello again to some very special visitors returning to the area. The Southern Right Whales are back for their annual migration from May to September and if you look closely enough, it’s likely you’ll spot one of these elusive & majestic mammals playing in the deep blue. What makes the Great Ocean Road so special for whale watching is that you can easily spot them from the shoreline along the way.  You just need a few tips for where to look.

Portland, Port Fairy and Warrnambool are your must-visit destinations for catching a glimpse of one of these magnificent giants of the deep. There are many elevated vantage points overlooking open stretches of water along this coastal route, but don’t forget some of the smaller calmer bays such as Lee Breakwater in Portland, where it’s not uncommon to find Southern Right Whales basking quietly on the surface right in front of town.
Cape Bridgewater also offers some great ocean views. Set off on foot to explore this section of the Great South Coast Walk that meanders along the cliffs, offering panoramic vistas across the horizon line for possible whale sightings.
The Crags in Port Fairy is another popular site, not just for whale spotting, but also for surfing when the swell is up.
East Beach and Griffiths Island also have great view-points and are just a short stroll back to town to relax & stay for the night.

Highlights

    • Lee Breakwater Portland 
    • Cape Bridgewater blow holes 
    • The Crags

     

DAY 1.

WINTER BIG NATURE

Portland to Warrnambool

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Portland   Warrnambool

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Portland   Warrnambool

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DAY 2.

WINTER BIG NATURE

Warrnambool to Warrnambool

Warrnambool is a walk through whaling history itself, with hotels, streets and public buildings that continue to celebrate the rich and fascinating whaling stories that shaped this town today.
Logans Beach Whale Nursery is at the epicentre for whale watching in this area - a large bay just east of Warrnambool where mother Southern Right Whales return to nurse their calves year on year. Featuring a purpose-built viewing platform, it’s not uncommon for mother & baby to stay & play in the bay for days on end.
The Light Show at Flagstaff Hill is a spectacular show for all ages. Make sure you plan to stay the night in Warrnambool to immerse yourself in this brilliant night-time performance.

Highlights

    • Logans Beach Whale spotting
    • Flagstaff Hill Sound & Light Show

     

DAY 2.

WINTER BIG NATURE

Warrnambool to Warrnambool

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Warrnambool   Warrnambool

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Warrnambool   Warrnambool

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DAY 3.

WINTER BIG NATURE

Warrnambool to Torquay

Port Campbell, Moonlight Head and Cape Otway are very common for whale sightings. If they’ve been spotted in the area, be sure to scale the Cape Otway Lighthouse to catch a glimpse of them swimming past as they make their way to towards the surf coast. It’s the best seat in the house.

Apollo Bay & Loutit Bay in Lorne are other great spots where whales often stop & rest to debarnacle in calmer waters.  Between these two townships where the Great Ocean Road winds along the coastline, whales can be spotted anywhere, so take your time and keep an eye out.

The Aireys Inlet Lighthouse is another great place for elevated views, along with Point Roadknight and Point Addis so be sure to pull off the road and take a look.

Remember, be patient and plan ahead. Sign up for sighting alerts and talk to the locals, shopkeepers, baristas, whoever! They’ll give you the inside scoop for whale sightings in the area. Goodluck!

Highlights

    • Cape Otway Lightstation
    • Point Addis
    • Port Campbell National Park 

     

DAY 3.

WINTER BIG NATURE

Warrnambool to Torquay

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Warrnambool   Torquay

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Warrnambool   Torquay

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