LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 7 PHILLIP ISLAND Improved weather and some exciting wildlife activity, make spring an ideal time to take a wildlife cruise at Phillip Island. Tours with Wildlife Coast Cruises depart regularly from either San Remo (on the mainland side of the main Island bridge) or Cowes, on the north side of the Island. Departing from San Remo The Cape Woolamai Cruise departs from the small fishing village of San Remo, traversing the relatively calm waters of Westernport Bay, before reaching edge of the spectacular Cape Woolamai headland, with its ancient granite cliffs and caves. Along the way, you’re likely to spot birds of prey, including the magnificent wedge-tailed eagles that nest and feed in the area. Other wildlife on the journey can include cormorants – that frequently perch on rocks and tidal markers – as well as seals and dolphins, which can often be seen frollicking in the waters beneath the Phillip Island Bridge. Leaving from Cowes Another tour available with Wildlife Coast Cruises is a Seal Watching Cruise from Cowes. Guiding you along the scenic western coast of Phillip Island, this tour – which departs daily from Cowes Jetty – sails past the rugged and spectacular Nobbies and Round Island, before approaching the rocky offshore island of Seal Rocks. Here you will witness thousands of playful seals up close, with some even coming right up to the boat. Springtime marks the arrival of massive bull seals at the rocks, where they scurry to seek territory for breeding – occasionally leading to aggressive ‘scuffles’ with other males. By contrast, young seal pups – now independent from their mothers – can be seen freely swimming and exploring the waters. An unforgettable experience For an unforgettable cruise experience at Phillip Island, check out Wildlife Coast Cruises’ range of tours online. Be sure to book ahead, as these tours are very popular and spots are limited. To make a booking or find out more, visit wildlifecoastcruises.com.au It’s an ideal time to take an island wildlife cruise (Pictured clockwise from top): A Wildlife Coast Cruises tour leaving from San Remo. The spectacular cliffs of Cape Woolamai. Inquisitive seals checking out the passengers on a seal-watching cruise from Cowes.