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Island Whale Festival

Friday July 6 2018 9:30 am - Sunday July 8 2018 5:00 pm

Celebrating the annual whale season

The winter school holidays don’t just mark the half-way point of the school year; they also mean that humpback whales, southern right whales and even the occasional pod of killer whales start to arrive in our coastal waters. The Island Whale Festival celebrates the arrival of these majestic creatures in our waters.

This immersive three day event takes place on Phillip Island from 6-8 July, and has something for everyone, with a weekend packed full of free or low cost activities right across the island. Whale spotting will of course be a highlight of this weekend, and visitors will have plenty of opportunities to do this from either land or sea.

Meet a marine biologist at one of the many lookouts on the Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail and learn how to spot the tell-tale signs of whales as they cruise through our waters. The Trail stretches from the Bunurong Coastal Reserve between Inverloch and Cape Paterson to a number of prime viewing locations on Phillip Island such as Cape Woolamai and Pyramid Rock. Or you can join one of the boat tours that circumnavigate the island in search of both whales and dolphins.

For the landlubbers amongst us, there are some great marine wildlife movie screenings including the critically acclaimed Blue, a provocative cinematic journey which shows that our marine world is on a precipice. There are craft activities with Boomerang Bags, hands-on workshops with Trash Puppets and Seaweed Sally, and info sessions on marine research and plastic reduction. Kids of all ages will enjoy the Whale out of Water activity which involves climbing inside a 19 metre inflatable whale for a fun and unique learning experience.

This year’s Festival also features a wonderful and varied Intercultural Arts program with drumming circles, story-telling, songs of country, and deep listening circles.

Innovative and affordable art and craft works will be on display and also for sale from many of our locally based award winning photographers, painters, mixed media artists and woodcrafters. Some of our most talented marine and wildlife photographers will share their expertise across the weekend with talks, tours and workshops.

Island Whale Festival Program Brochure Updated 2018

For information on all this and so much more check out islandwhales.com.au or follow us on Facebook at @islandwhales

Stay and Play Offers 

Whale Season Special 20% off at Anchor Belle Holiday Park
To celebrate the return of the whales we are offering 20% discount on a minimum of 2 nights accommodation in our cabins during July. PLUS receive a Kids Eat FREE voucher (with any full priced paying adult meal) at the renowned Rusty Water Brewery Bar & Restaurant.
Book online with code Whales20 or call us on 03 5952 2258
Terms and conditions apply: Valid 1-31 July 2018 no further discounts and exclusions 2nd-4th July & 9th-11th July 2018

Silverwater Resort 15% discount
Receive 15% discount on accommodation 1-31 July 2018. Offer has limited availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or exchanged for cash value. Must be booked online at silverwaterresort.com.au using the promotional code ‘WHALEWATCH18’ to receive the discount. Full payment at the time of booking (non-refundable). Cancellation not permitted.

Whale of a Stay @ Clifftop Phillip Island
One night accommodation in one of our elegant Ocean View Suites, two Adult Winter Whale Cruise tickets, a cheese platter featuring local Gippsland cheeses and a bottle of red wine to warm up by the fire after your cruise. Valid 1-31 July 2018
Terms and Conditions Apply – check availability online

 Island Whale Celebration Hot Deal 15% off Phillip Island Apartments
Come and explore the Whale Trail around Phillip Island and surrounds during July & August. Then relax and unwind with 2 night in a spacious and fully self contained Two Bedroom Apartments and receive 15% off the Best Available Rate. There is more time to enjoy the relaxed ambience of Phillip Island with a late check out to noon. Book Online with code Whales2018
Terms and conditions apply.Valid for minimum 2 night stay Maximum 4 guests per two bedroom apartment inclusive of children and babies. Valid: 1 July to 31 August 2018

Whale Trail Tour $70 per person*
A half day guided tour of iconic bays, headlands and beaches along the Whale Discovery Trail, as we search for whales, wildlife and take in spectacular views. *Land-based 2.5 hour tour starting at either 9.30 (AM) or 12.30 (PM). Tour may be cancelled due to weather and/or passenger numbers. Guests will be informed within a reasonable time frame of these cancellations for any transfers or refunds. Tour includes pick up and return to accommodation. Passenger numbers 2-9. More information  Valid 1-31 July 2018

La Porchetta Island Whales Special Offer
Lunchtime Special: Any Medium classic pizza or any Entree Pasta or Warm Chicken Salad for $9.90 from 11am till 4pm
Dinner Dine In Special: Mention Island Whales or show any Local Phillip Island Hotel/Motel/Other Accommodation Room Key for 20% off Total Bill or 10% off total bill if you mention ad for Delivery from 5pm till 9pm  Location
Terms and Conditions: not valid with any other offer, valid 1st July to 30th September 2018

Have a whale of a time at A Maze’N Things! 20% off any admission ticket*
To celebrate the Whale Festival we are offering a 20% discount off our admission* tickets when purchased online. It is an exciting world of optical illusions, mazes, puzzles and magic that will entertain, intrigue and amuse adults and children for hours. Book online with code Whale

Terms & Conditions *Excludes SkyTrail , *Excludes Magic Shows * Valid 1-31 July 2018 Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount offer

Winter Thrill 10% off with Thundercat Tours
Cape Woolamai, a Winter Wonderland! Experience the thrill of our customised Surf Racing Cat and get up close and personal with the magnificent granite caves and cliffs of Cape Woolamai. Winter brings another dimension to the Cape, superb water colour and visibility, and visitors from the deep. Bring your sense of adventure and of course your camera and lets make some memories.  Book online with WHALES18

T&C’s: valid 1/7/18 till the 31/08/18 some block out dates apply

Island Hopping with Western Port Ferries 10% Off
Sail to Phillip Island aboard Western Port Ferries fast catamaran during Island Whales July and get 10% offer ferry travel. Crossing Western Port Bay between Stony Point on the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Cowes Jetty, it is a short stroll to many of the Island Whales Festival activities & events.  Book online with promo code WHALES

Valid for travel 1 – 31 July, 2018. Only available by booking online using the promotional code WHALES. Not valid with any other offer. Subject to availability.

A Whale of an Ale – Rusty Water Brewery and Restaurant

Phillip Island Brewing new ale! Celebrating the annual whale migration – This special release brew celebrates some of the ocean’s most majestic creatures. Phillip Island’s coastal waters play host to Humpback and Southern Right whales in Winter. A refreshing, clean, crisp, golden ale. Hints of tropical pineapple, passionfruit and citrus flavours and the dry finish. Available to drink at Rusty Water Brewery and buy to take home.



Friday July 6 2018 9:30 am
Sunday July 8 2018 5:00 pm


Cowes Cultural Centre
91 Thompson Avenue, Cowes
Phillip Island, Vic 3922 Australia
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