Have a whale of a time on Phillip Island

A whale watching cruise is a great way to get up close to the marine mammals.

Humpback and Southern Right whales will frolic in Phillip Island waters these school holidays as they make their way north to their winter breeding grounds.

The Island Whale Festival celebrates the arrival of these majestic creatures with an immersive three-day event on Phillip Island from 5-7 July.

The weekend features a range of whale related activities to enjoy.

Explore the Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail, which includes some of the finest whale lookouts in the Bass Coast region.

Of course whale-spotting will be a highlight, and visitors have the option to do this from either land or sea. Meet a marine biologist at one of the many whale lookouts and learn how to spot the tell-tale signs of whales cruising along the coast, or join one of the whale watching boat tours to circumnavigate the island and search for both whales and dolphins.

For the landlubbers among us, there are some great information sessions on marine research and plastic reduction, movie screenings, Boomerang Bag craft, and hands-on activities. Take part in a photography workshop or tour, listen to presentations on identifying whales and learn about the whales that visit the region.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the Whale out of Water activity which involves climbing inside a 19-metre inflatable whale for a fun.

You can also experience a range of intercultural activities celebrating the majestic whales and our marine environment including a whale blessing, drumming circles, storytelling and art activities.

For detailed program information on these and many more great activities happening in July, visit islandwhales.com.au or find the Festival on Facebook and Instagram at @islandwhalefestival

For accommodation and things to do, visit visitphillipisland.com