Almost every year between June and September, female Southern Right whales return to the waters of Warrnambool’s Logans Beach to calve.
The whales often swim within a hundred metres of the shore and can be viewed from a specially constructed platform in the sand dunes or from the beach.
The platform is free to access and is open at all times. A ramp allows easy access to the platform for poeple of all abilities.
Southern Right Whales have been visiting Warrnambool for hundreds of years. Once they were hunted almost to the point of extinction, but since whaling was outlawed in 1935, their numbers have been growing.
In summer, Southern Right whales live in the sub-Antarctic. In winter, they migrate to warmer waters around the southern areas of Australia.
The females migrate to the “nursery” areas close to the shore to bear their calves, while the males, yearlings and young adults remain further out to sea.
Practical whale watching tips
- Call the Visitor Information Centre on 5559 4620 to check whether the whales are in the area.
- Sometimes whales may not be visible at Logans Beach, even though they are in the region – make time for multiple visits.
- Please keep off the fragile vegetation and sand dunes, and use the facilities provided.
- Binoculars or a telescope can enhance viewing.
- Be best whale watching time is usually winter, so be prepared for windy or wet conditions.
- Nearest toilets – 1km Hopkins River.