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Philip Island: Dolphin and Whale Cruise

1. Philip Island: Dolphin and Whale Cruise

Set sail on a winter dolphin and whale spotting adventure venturing past the sheer cliffs of Cape Woolamai and along Phillip Island’s southern coastline. Along the way, you’ll search for humpback and southern right whales on their annual migration route. Expert whale spotters will be on board to ensure that you don’t miss a whale sighting while on the cruise Search for dolphin pods as they eat and play in the ocean. In addition to whales and dolphins, you might also spot seals and see a range of birdlife including, wandering albatrosses, who are regularly spotted in the area. Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee, and afternoon tea, or a cold drink from the licensed bar as you cruise along the coastline. Along with the expert whale spotter, the captain will provide commentary along the way.

Phillip Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Phillip Island: Whale Watching Boat Tour with Lunch

Embark on a winter whale watching adventure discovering Phillip Island’s picturesque coastline. Phillip Island is a fantastic place to experience lots of Australia's wildlife and view picturesque coastal landscapes.  Search for Humpback and Southern Right Whales on their annual migration route. You might also see playful dolphins, curious seals and a variety of birdlife including the Wandering Albatross.  As you look out for marine life, enjoy a freshly-made lunch. Tea and coffee is also available throughout the experience.

Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

3. Phillip Island: 1-Hour Cape Woolamai Nature Cruise

Depart on a boat cruise to Cape Woolamai from San Remo. As you sail along the coast, witness the most spectacular scenery that Phillip Island has to offer, including sheer granite cliffs and caves surrounded by turquoise water. You will cruise under the Phillip Island Bridge.  You will have the chance to see an abundance of marine life such as dolphins and seals. There are also many bird species that populate the area, with cormorants, gannets and wedge-tailed eagles being spotted regularly.  On the boat, listen to a commentary telling you about the local wildlife and scenery. You will arrive back at San Remo at midday, in time to watch the daily feeding of the pelicans.

Philip Island: Seal Watching Cruise

4. Philip Island: Seal Watching Cruise

Enjoy a 2-hour scenic coastal boat tour to Seal Rocks, where you will drift among over 7,000 Australian Fur Seals. There are seals all year round, from young pups to adult bulls, there is always something exciting to see! Benefit from educational commentary on board, helping you identify the seals and the other diverse wildlife in this rich ocean, as well as pointing out the various historical sights visible from the boat. Relax in comfort with complimentary afternoon or morning tea, a warm undercover viewing area, as well as activities for children onboard. Visit the captain's bridge for an insight into how the boat operates!

Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

5. Melbourne: Phillip Island Tour & Penguin Parade

Experience a day of Australian animals and nature on this guided day trip from Melbourne. Begin your animal adventure with hotel pickup and a trip to the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park. Experience up-close encounters with kangaroos, wombats and echidnas in this unique habitat. Next, it's time for Phillip Island. Witness the waves and die-hard surfers of Woolamai Surf Beach, then journey to the dramatic west coast and the dramatic scenery of the Nobbies. Enjoy the commentary and learning about the scenery from your expert, local guide. Finally, settle into your seat on a beachside protective platform for the famous Penguin Parade. Watch hundreds of little penguins waddle out onto the beach in this adorable natural spectacular.

Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

6. Puffing Billy, Moonlit Sanctuary, & Penguin Parade Day Trip

Climb aboard the centuries-old steam train Puffing Billy and enjoy the ride through lush fern gullies and Eucalyptus forests. Lovingly maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers, this historic steam train still runs on its original mountain track, winding through the Dandenong Ranges. Next, head down to the award-winning Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park to see a range of Australian animals. Learn about iconic species such as kangaroos, koalas, emus, and wallabies, as well as some of Australia's lesser-known favourites including quolls, owls, bandicoots, and Tasmanian devils. Hand feed some of the friendly local kangaroos and wallabies on the "Wallaby Walk". Arriving on Phillip Island, your first stop is the picturesque Point Grant, which offers incredible panoramic views of the coastline, as well as a gentle boardwalk around the Nobbies and Seal Rocks area. Finally, cap it all off with a visit to the world famous Penguin Parade to see the world's smallest penguins waddle up the beach before your eyes, making their way back home to their burrows higher up in the sand dunes.

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

7. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard the local partner's 19-meter vessel, the ‘Kasey Lee’. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Phillip Island: Half Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

8. Phillip Island: Half Island Highlights Helicopter Tour

Soar high in the sky above Phillip Island on a half-island helicopter tour. Marvel at the island's white sand beaches, green farmland, glowing ocean, and impressive landmarks. Watch the island's landscape unfurl in front of your eyes — seeing both ends of the island from your high vantage point. Take off and head northwest to see the charming seaside village of Rhyll from a bird's-eye view. Continue to the island's main township, Cowes, with its sprawling white sand beaches and stunning coastal location. Turn inland straight across the center of the island, flying over vast, green farmland for a very different perspective. Look left and right to catch glimpses of both ends of Phillip Island in the distance. On your way back to the airport, pass Pyramid Rock jutting out into the ocean and the world-famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit from above.

Phillip Island Coastal Snapshot Helicopter Flight

9. Phillip Island Coastal Snapshot Helicopter Flight

With two flight paths to choose from you may depart from the heliport east or west and choose to take in the cliffs of Cape Woolamai or maybe a lap of the world famous Grand Prix Circuit. Whichever tour you choose all will have spectacular views of stunning beaches and miles of stunning coastline and interesting commentary from knowledgeable pilots. Fly over the Cape Woolamai Surf Beach, one of the best known surf beaches in the country and its life saving club, before flying around the Cape itself. Marvel at the highest point on Phillip Island, home to the Pinnacles and the old Granite Quarry. See the fishing boats moored in San Remo, looking so small from the sky  If race tracks are more your thing then start to head inland for a lap around the home to the Australian Moto GP, World Superbikes and Phillip Island V8 Supercars. Relive your favorite race moments as you see the whole of the track from above.

Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

10. Melbourne: French and Phillip Island Wildlife Expedition

Start off your journey with a short ferry crossing across Western Port Bay to French Island. Cruise over the crystal-blue sea, taking in views of the picturesque scenery along the way. Arrive on French Island, a hidden treasure of wilderness and where your guided 4WD tour will take place. Buzz around the island as your guide shares knowledge of the surrounding environment. Admire the koalas and the vast array of wildlife that inhabits the island. Stop for a lunch or afternoon tea at a local farm gate (seasonal), experiencing how locals live. Travel then by ferry across Western Port Bay to one of Australia's most amazing locations, Phillip Island, which is world-renowned and locally loved. Explore this magical place, home to some of the greatest surf conditions, amazing beaches, native Australian wildlife, and the world-famous motorbike circuit. Set off then on a short adventure to Point Grant, known by the locals as Nobbies. Marvel at the remarkable natural sights and discover the home to a seal colony, dramatic sea bluffs, and panoramic ocean views. To finish off the journey, get up close and personal with some cute little penguins and listen to expert ranger commentary on the lives of these delightful creatures at the Penguin Parade.

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What people are saying about Gippsland

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 780 reviews

absolutely magnificent. i feel so privileged to have seen these gorgeous creatures in their natural environment. the staff on board were lovely, so much respect for the environment and minimising our impact on it. one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen

Had the most fantastic with Fred on the Phillip Island tour. He shared a lot of interesting facts with us, and made sure we were very comfortable. He even provided cushions for us during the Penguin Parade. Highly recommended!

Great learning about some history of the area and gorgeous views

Jeff is indeed a great guide & he made this a memorable trip

It was amazing. Unfortunately we could not see dolphins