Whale watching in Portland and Bridgewater Bay


Best places around Portland to spot a whale this winter

Spotting one of nature’s most magnificent mammals is a truly memorable experience.

A variety of whales visit a range of areas around Portland Bay & Cape Bridgewater Bay whilst they are transiting through our Southern Ocean waters each winter. The range consists of Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales and the occasional Orca with the most common being the Southern Right. For all the latest info, duck in and visit the team at the Portland Visitor Information Centre.



The whale lookout on Wade street is located next to the old water tower which is now the World War II museum.

A great location with free public binoculars to use with a view of Portland’s Harbour all the way down to parts of Dutton Way. This point is Portland’s prime vantage point for attempting to see whales due to being located up high and at a point where it juts out further than any other point.

Location: 2 Wade Street, Portland


Portland Harbour

Southern Right Whales have previously entered the calm deep waters of Portland Harbour and can be viewed from vantage points surrounding the harbour.

More commonly the outer edge of the harbour along the Lee Breakwater has played host to many whales including Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales and even the occasional Orca.

This is exceptional viewing as the whales get within 30 metres when at the Lee Breakwater however if you are amongst the lucky ones to be in town when a whale enters the bay then they can get as close as bumping the dock you are viewing from.

Location: Portland Harbour, Lee Breakwater Road, Portland


Bridgewater Bay

There are many great spots for viewing Southern Right Whales around Bridgewater Bay, whether it be on the Great South West Walk, rambling out to the seal colony at the tip of Cape Bridgewater or meandering out to the Blowholes and Petrified Forest.

In Bridgewater Bay you can also view them from right on the beach or whilst having a coffee at the beach side cafe.

Location: 1661 Bridgewater Road, Cape Bridgewater


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