Bass Coast,

Whale trail makes a splash


Bass Coast is now home to a Whale Discovery Trail, a track leading to iconic bays, headlands, and lookouts where people can enjoy the magic of whale spotting.  

The trail includes 10 interpretive signs dotted along well-known whale watching locations from Summerland, Phillip Island to Eagles Nest, Inverloch. These unique signs explain the commonly seen whale species, how to identify them and their behaviour, and also where they are going to and coming from in their annual migration.

The Discovery Trail is an initiative of Bass Coast Council, supported with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

A working group was formed to assist in the delivery of the trail, which included members from a variety of organisations including Watershed Victoria, Destination Phillip Island, Wildlife Coast Cruises, Cape Kitchen, Parks Victoria, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Shire Council.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, commented on the Whale Discovery Trail.

“This Trail is an incredible example of collaboration at its best, getting all of the information and resources together to make this project the best it can be,” Cr Rothfield said.

“The trail celebrates the awe of whale spotting. It provides a platform for families and people of all ages and backgrounds to experience something far beyond the everyday.”

You can download a copy the Whale Discovery Trail brochure from the ‘Whale Trail’ page at, or pick one up at any of the Bass Coast Visitor Information Centres in Cowes, Newhaven and Inverloch.