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Southern Right Whales at Logans Beach, Nature Photography at Tower Hill Reserve, Griffiths Island and Cape Nelson

After touring The Great Ocean Road, Warrnambool is a good option for an overnight stop. In the winter and spring months, Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena Australis) come close in-shore so a visit to the whale-viewing platform at Logans Beach in the late afternoon and early morning may be rewarded with sightings.

In the late afternoon in overcast and cold conditions we spotted, a Southern Right Whale swimming in the sea a fair distance off the beach, see link image right however the distance and weather limited photography opportunities.

The day's drive from Warrnambool to Robe in South Australia is about 400 Km, a long for one day touring, even so it is still worth visiting Logans Beach early in the morning for a spot of whale watching and wildlife photography.

After whale watching drive west, on the Princess Highway, towards the next overnight stop in Robe. On the way stop at Tower Hill Reserve, park at the visitor centre, and take a stroll around the 1.2 Km Wetlands Boardwalk; unfortunately, in spring there aren't many good opportunities for of capturing nature images or wildlife photography.

Stop at Port Fairy and take a walk around Griffiths Island, Mutton Birds [Short-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna tenuirostris)] nest on the island. The birds are nocturnal so the only evidence that they nesting is dead birds. The birds usually arrive on the island between 19th and 25th September having migrated thousands of kilometres from the northern hemisphere. The Griffiths Island Lighthouse, built in 1859 is still in operation, albeit being automated, it's an ideal place for a picnic lunch and a spot of landscape photography.

The next stop is Cape Nelson Lighthouse, near Portland, which dates from 1884. After this, drive through the Limestone Coast region to Robe.


Hyperlink image showing Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) Blowing at Logans Beach Hyperlink image showing Wetlands Boardwalk at Tower Hill Reserve