Phillip Island Winter Whale Watching Cruise

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Reasons they will it

  • 4 hour winter whale cruise
  • Huge colony of Fur Seals
  • Morning tea & delicious lunch
  • Informative, entertaining commentary
  • Great photo opportunities
  • Perfect for all ages

Please note, this gift operates from June until early August, but that doesn't mean you can't gift it year round! At the redemption process, the only available dates are within that whale watching window.

They'll love this whale watching cruise in Melbourne. Departing from Phillip Island, this cruise takes them on a tour around the local waters in search of whales. It's one of the best ways to see the sights, offering gorgeous views of the coastline, regular dolphin sightings, seabirds and a visit to Seal Rocks to meet some fur seals up close.

The friendly crew will provide information on the wildlife and guests will also enjoy a fish and chip lunch. This cruise lasts for three and a half hours, giving them plenty of time on the water to catch a glimpse of these majestic ocean giants. Cruises take 4 hours and leave at 9.30am, returning at 1.30pm from Rhyll Jetty.

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Important stuff


  • 4-hour winter whale cruise
  • Lunch
  • Captains commentary
  • Morning tea, coffee, biscuits and cake
  • Seal Rocks visit
  • Wildlife Information and interpretation


  • Transfers from Melbourne (you will need to make your own way to Phillip Island, approximately 1.5hrs from the Melbourne CBD)


  • Your best chance of seeing migrating whales up close
  • Enjoy a full circumnavigation of Phillip Island’s beautiful coastline
  • Regular dolphin and seabird sightings
  • Wildlife information and interpretation
  • Spectacular rock formations such as the Nobbies, Pyramid Rock and Cape Woolamai
  • Cirumnavigate Phillip Island
  • A freshly prepared lunch of sandwiches and hot soup
  • Visit Australia’s largest fur seal colony
  • See the shy Albatross
  • Friendly and professional staff who provide entertaining and expert commentary

What to Bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Motion sickness prevention if required
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

Tour Times

  • Winter whale cruises depart from Rhyll Jetty, 16 Beach Road, Rhyll on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Tuesdays during school holidays (mid-June to early August) at 9.30am and return at 1.30pm. Boarding passes can be collected 30 minutes prior to departure. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour and the tour departure point * Vessel subject to change without notice

Gift Voucher Information

  • A gift voucher will be received by email after purchase
  • Give your gift voucher to your Gift Recipient, they will then need to follow the instructions to redeem their experience
  • Gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase
  • Upon redemption, a confirmation email/ticket will be sent to the gift recipient
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking, however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you

Why people loved this gift

3 reviews
Chris Loo 6 months ago

What a wonderful experience! The captain and crew were informative and delivered as expected. The cruise was not overly loaded which is always good for any confined journey. When the whales eventually appeared, the passion and excitement of the crew were so heartwarming.

Jude D'souza 1 year ago

Hi, we were absolutely thrilled by our experience the crew from wildlife coast Cruises was really amazing and involved in our experience. They were friendly and informative. The food and refreshments were good too. My wife has posted pictures and written about it on her FB account asking friends from overseas to visit us here and enjoy the unique and beautiful Australian wildlife. Cheers!

Shirley 2 years ago

A wonderful time viewing hundreds of seals at seal rock. Many swim right up to the boat, plenty of time to get good photos. Albatross sightings and pods of dolphins racing alongside our boat, on our way to find whales. Quite a few humpback whale sightings. The crew gave interesting commentary on whale facts and did their best to get as close as the whale would allow where we were given plenty of time to watch, then continued on to Cape Woolamai to view amazing coastal cliffs. Along the way, cake for morning tea is served, then lunch consisting of very fresh, yummy sandwiches, soup and bread roll with butter, all brought to each passenger. Hot drinks and snacks available too. Rug up and take a motion sickness tablet half an hour before the trip if you are concerned about choppy seas. It worked well for me. Excellent experience. Can't wait to go again.

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