The Wildiaries Experience

Secrets of Southern Port Phillip Bay Big Day Out

From $125.00 * AUD

Available between July 10, 2016 — July 10, 2016

Duration of tour 1 days

Join Wildiaries, the Dolphin Research Institute, Moonraker Tours and special guests for a big wildlife discovery day out in Port Phillip Bay.

Your guides for the day will be David Donnelly and Simon Mustoe. Dave is with the Dolphin Research Institute and has undertaken years of research on dolphins and whales in Australia and the Antarctic. Each summer, he runs whale swim tours on Tonga. Simon is the founder of Wildiaries. He spent many years studying the birds and mammals of Port Phillip Bay and is author of the iPhone guide to Whales and Dolphins of Australia, New Zealand and the Antarctic.

This video we made recently, features elements of what we hope to see in Southern Port Phillip Bay.

On this big day out, you'll get to see and do some amazing things!!


  • Land-based whale-watching from one of the best vantage points in coastal Victoria (there is never any guarantee we will see them but from here at this time of year, the likelihood is very high). 
  • Expert guiding from marine biologists, to learn about the bay's wildlife including seals, penguins, albatrosses, gannets, dolphins and whales. 
  • Guided tour of the underground tunnels at South Channel Fort. 
  • BBQ sausage sizzle on a man-made island in the middle of Port Phillip Bay. 
  • Up close with Australian fur seals and other wildlife. 
  • 4 hours on board the vessel Bronzewing (Moonraker tours). 
  • Lots of opportunities for photos. 
  • Dolphin Research institute membership and adopt a dolphin pack for each family.  

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*Per adult. PRICE discounts available for children and families (see below). Full day trip 9:30am-4:30pm. Includes lunch, 4-hour boat trip, all activities and expert guiding.

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To start with, we'll meet at Cape Schank lighthouse at 9:30am, where we will have set up the biggest pair of binoculars you've ever seen (you kids will be using a step ladder to look through them). Our objective, if the weather is reasonably kind, is to see a few of the 10,000 Humpback Whales that migrate past our coastline at this time of year. It's never a certainty but at about 80m above sea level, it's one of the best vantage points in the state.  

Through the binoculars and telescopes we have with us, you'll also be able to see albatrosses, seals, shearwaters and even dolphins. 

Your guide, is a whale and dolphin expert from the Dolphin Research Institute in Hastings, who spends a lot of time out on boats looking at these animals. This is the best time year Humpback Whales hit Victorian shores for a few short weeks on their way from the Antarctic to their summer breeding grounds in far north Queensland and beyond. 

We'll then drive in convoy to Sorrento on the inner-margins of Port Phillip Bay and board the vessel Bronzewing for a 15-20 minute journey out to South Channel Fort. Built during the war, this man-made island has a network of underground tunnels to explore. It's also a breeding ground for seabirds and, situated in the middle of the Bay, a spectacular place to stand and observe the wildlife around. 

We'll fire up the barbecue and have lunch here. 

After lunch, we'll take Bronzewing down towards Port Phillip Heads, stopping enroute to look at our colony of seals, the gannets that make the bay their home and hopefully come across some of the Bay's dolphins. On board we will have our resident experts to tell you all about why Port Phillip Bay is such an amazing place - if we're lucky, you'll learn about and see Little Penguins, Bottlenose Dolphins and perhaps even a Black-browed or Shy Albatross up close.     

Our boat trip will end back in Sorrento at about 4:30pm, giving you ample time to drive back to Melbourne.  


  • 09:00                  Arrive Cape Schank (approx 90 minutes drive from Melbourne CBD)
  • 09:15 - 11:30      Whale / wildlife watching on Cape Schank.
  • 11:30 - 12:00      Toilets-break and morning tea. Drive to Sorrento (30 minutes)
  • 12:30                  Board Bronzewing, head to South Channel Fort. 
  • 13:00 - 14:30      Lunch and fort tour
  • 14:30 - 16:30      Bay cruise, seals, gannets, dolphins, penguins etc                             
  • 16:30                  Arr Sorrento. Drive home. 




  • Humpback Whale morning survey from Cape Schank lighthouse (lighthouse entry not included but option). 
  • 4 hour guided cruise around southern Port Phillip Bay. 
  • Full day of guiding by local experts on marine wildlife including whales and dolphins. 
  • Park fees. 
  • Complimentary BBQ lunch.
  • Entry to South Channel Fort, and guided tour. 
  • Complimentary membership of the Dolphin Research Institute and adoption pack. 
  • Chance to see Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback Whales, Australian fur seals, Little Penguins and Albatrosses.  


From $125.00 * AUD


This trip will only be cancelled:

  • If we do not reach our minimum number of 10 families (this is the minimum needed to operate the trip at the price advertised). 
  • In the event of very poor weather including very strong winds. 

If we need to cancel, we will give you the option to reschedule but if you are not available, a full refund will be given. If this happens, a decision whether or not to proceed will be made no later than the Friday evening (8th July). 

Available between July 10, 2016 — July 10, 2016

Duration of tour 1 days

Our licensed travel agent can arrange all travel to and from tour locations. We can also arrange fully-guided options as well as tailoring packages for families and groups travelling together.

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