This is the time of year when the oceans largest creatures, the magnificent humpback and southern right whales, make their annual migration north to their winter breeding grounds.
Victorians, especially those living in Melbourne, are very fortunate, as this migration can be seen from Phillip Island, in Port Phillip Bay.
It is celebrated on the island every year, as the Island Whale Festival. This year it will take place from Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July, right in the middle of the school holidays.
Over the three days, there will be a range of free or low-cost activities, providing entertainment as well as a chance to become familiar with the delights of the Bass Coast.
Arts and crafts will be on display and for sale at the Phillip Island Gallery from many local artists, photographers, painters, mixed media artists and woodcrafters. There are also displays of photos by talented marine and wildlife photographers. Some will be available to share their knowledge with talks, tours and workshops.
You can even be swallowed by a 19 metre inflatable whale, for a view of what goes on inside a whale's stomach. In this unusual 45 minute experience you can see research footage about the diverse range of marine animals that live off our coast.
The highlight, of course, will be whale-spotting from one of the whale lookouts located across the island, or from a boat on a whale watching cruise. Marine biologists will be present to help you learn about the whales, their habits and how to spot them.
There is plenty to do, and much to see around the Festival, as well as on the island or the nearby coast.
For more information on the event and the program, please visit islandwhales.com.au/about.