Australian Fur Seals
Duration: 6 hours
Type: Groups, Shared.
Departs: Port Welshpool at 10am - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday
Interests: Birds, Marine Mammals.
Wilsons Promontory National Park is regarded as one of the most picturesque stretches of coastline in Australia. Up-close views of remote locations including Rabbit Island, Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove and the the historic Wilsons Promontory lighthouse will leave guests in awe of the area’s natural beauty and wildlife.
This six hour luxury cruise experience on the catamaran is fully catered and is the only means to see some of the regions most beautiful coves. Enjoy sights of diverse marine wildlife and seabirds, with regular sightings of the Shy Albatrosses, Australia Fur Seals, Common Dolphins and Australasian Gannets.
But the majestic Humpback Whales are the star attraction, as they make their epic southerly migration along this spectacular coastline during September to November.
About Wildlife Coast Cruises: Founded by John Dickie, Wildlife Coast Cruises has shown locals and visitors the spectacular wildlife and coastal scenery around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, Westernport Bay and Wilsons Promontory for over 23 years. As a long-term ambassador and award winner in the eco-tourism space, Wildlife Coast Cruises boasts many environmental and tourism accreditations, and offer a range of up close and personal wildlife experiences, shared through engaging commentary and warm hospitality.
Your captain and crew will welcome passengers aboard the comfortable 62-foot (19-meter) motorised catamaran. Indoor and outdoor decks with ample seating provide excellent views as the boat sails over to Wilsons Promontory National Park, affectionately known as The Prom.
Situated on the southernmost point of mainland Australia, Wilsons Promontory encompasses a vast nature reserve, laced with swimming and surfing beaches along Bass Strait. The park harbours abundant native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, emus and many birds including rosellas and parrots, White-Bellied Sea Eagles, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Shy Albatross. Common dolphins and Australian Fur Seals.
Up-close views of remote locations including Rabbit Island, Sealers Cove, Refuge Cove are highlights along with views of the 150 year old Wilsons Prom lighthouse, perched on the southernmost point of Australia's mainland. Complimentary morning tea & lunch are served on board, with a licensed bar also available.
But it is the Humpback Whales that are the highlight of the tour. At the end of the migration season (beginning of spring), Humpback Whales leave their breeding grounds off the Australian East coast and migrate southwards to Antarctica. On this journey the whales can be seen travelling along the Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island coastline in small pods, often cow (female) and calf travelling together.
Many whales often display fascinating behaviours such as breaching, tail and pec-slapping, believed to be an important communication and socializing tool. Some whales can even be seen to feed amongst bait fish, often accompanied by Common Dolphins and Australian Fur Seals, as well as seabirds including Australasian Gannets and Crested Terns.
Pricing: from $168.00 per person (adult), $120.00 (children aged 4-15 years)
Vessel Details: The ‘Brianna Lee’ is a 19 metre (62 foot) modern catamaran, comfortably seating 65 guests in indoor and outdoor areas on two floors, with a fully licensed bar, souvenir and snack shop.
Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Port Welshpool Jetty, 93 Lewis Street, Port Welshpool, Victoria
Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm
All cruises are subject to minimum numbers & weather conditions. Please note: Whale sightings expected on 90% of cruises, but not guaranteed.
Coach pickup available: ($25 pp return available at time of booking)
7.20am Cowes, 7.45am San Remo, 7.50am Silverwater Resort - San Remo, 8:05am Wonthaggi, 8:20am Inverloch (RACV Resort or VLine bus stop), 8:50am Meeniyan, 9:05am Foster
Please see the accommodation options we recommend in the Prom region.
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a code of practice relating to our wildlife interactions along with involvement in several conservation programs. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
WINNER TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014
WINNER Bass Coast Business of the Year 2014
RUNNER UP RACV Victorian Tourism Awards 2017
The Wilsons Promontory Whale Cruise is available to be booked online via the button below.
"This is a great way to see the coast of Wilson's Promontory National Park and its associated islands. The boat is spacious and comfortable with plenty of covered areas for inclement weather: it's very stable and fast when it needs to be. The staff were all very friendly and the food great – we got fed all day! The cruise runs down the Eastern Coast of the Prom, anchored in refuge cove for lunch – we were ferried ashore – then past the lighthouse and round Skull Rock. The captain was very knowledgeable and professional. Lots of wildlife, including seals, albatross, shearwaters, Sea Eagles etc. Our party ranged from primary school age to retirees and we all really enjoyed it. Highly recommended."
"Did the Prom cruise with a group of friends and their families. What a brilliant experience! Staff were amazing from organising the booking through to high level hospitality on board. Special thank you to Renae who was attentive, friendly and great fun. Scenery was superb and wildlife plentiful. This is a world class experience that everyone should do." - Megan, Inverloch
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