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Seabird Pelagic Trips

Seabird & Cetacean Day Trips

Departing Port Fairy, Victoria


Come and join Treeswift Wildlife & Nature on a wildlife watching experience of a lifetime! Journey with us as we travel out into the depths of the Bass Strait on a quest for albatrosses, shearwaters, storm petrels, prions, penguins, terns, jaegers, dolphins, seals, and whales!

On board the magnificent 3-level Southern Explorer (complete with brand-new Gyro Stabiliser for comfort whilst on the water), we’ll depart the picturesque Port Fairy at dawn, just as the first morning light creeps in from the east. As we leave the shoreline behind, expect to watch Australasian Gannet plummeting into the ocean as they dive for fish and to see flocks of hundreds (if not thousands) of shearwaters and maybe our first albatross or two for the day.

Cruising out to further depths, we may be joined by jumping Common Short-beaked Dolphin and Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphin who often follow the boat. Eyes will be peeled for Sperm Whale, Blue Whale, Humpback Whale, and possibly even Killer Whale!

Around midmorning we will reach the continental shelf, when suddenly seabird numbers go into overdrive! Chumming from the boat, rare seabirds will be drawn directly into the boat for unbelievable views – sometimes flying only a few meters over our heads and coming close enough for unbelievable full-frame photographs. Be prepared as a Wandering Albatross with its 3.5m wingspan forces you to take a step back in order to fit the whole bird in frame (see full target species below)!

Finally, we’ll turn around and cruise back to shore. Here we’re often followed by waves of albatrosses and petrels, providing an amazing opportunity for in-flight photography! The boat will return to dock around 3-4pm.

What's Involved?

  • Depart Port Fairy Wharf at 7.00am (return approx. 3-4pm)
  • Tea/coffee/soft drink/water/snacks all included on board
  • Unbelievable photography opportunities
  • Led by an experienced seabird and cetaceans guide
  • Professional photographer on staff to help with ocean photography
  • Field guides for birds and whales provided on board
  • Bonus activities: Tower Hill Wildlife Walk
  • Bonus activities: Sunset walk at Griffiths Island & the Short-tailed Shearwater colony
  • Covid-Safe and Public Liability Insurance covered whilst on board
  • Limited spaces (this will sell out!)
  • Travel assistance from Melbourne can be arranged
  • Accommodation help can be arranged

Bonus Group Activities:

Lastly, to make the most of your time with Treeswift Wildlife whilst in Port Fairy, we are offering bonus group activities on the Saturday afternoon. Please note that out of Daylight Savings, the sunset walk will be replaced with a guided spotlighting walk for nocturnal mammals and owls. 

Saturday (Bonus Activities):
guided group wildlife walk at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve
6.00-7.15pm: optional group dinner at local pub
7.30-8.30pm: guided sunset walk at the Short-tailed Shearwater colony / Griffiths Island

Upcoming Dates:

> Sunday: 15th January 2023 [SOLD OUT – join the waiting list]
> Sunday: 30th April 2023 [SOLD OUT – join the waiting list]
> Sunday: 28th May 2023

Target Species (season dependant):

Albatross: Shy Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Campbell Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, Southern Royal Albatross, Northern Royal Albatross, Wandering Albatross, Antipodean Albatross, Sooty Albatross, Salvin’s Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross

Petrels/Storm Petrels: Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Grey-backed Storm Petrel, White-faced Storm Petrel, Northern Giant Petrel, Southern Giant Petrel, Cape Petrel, Great-winged Petrel, Grey-faced Petrel, White-headed Petrel, White-chinned Petrel

Prions: Fairy Prion, Slender-billed Prion, Antarctic Prion, Common Diving Petrel

Shearwaters: Flesh-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Short-tailed Shearwater, Hutton’s Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater

Skuas: Parasitic Jaeger, Pomarine Jaeger, Brown Skua

Penguins/Gannets/Cormorants: Little Penguin, Australasian Gannet, Black-faced Cormorant, 

Gulls/Terns: Silver Gull, Pacific Gull, Kelp Gull, Great Crested Tern, White-fronted Tern, Arctic Tern

Whales/Dolphins/Seals: Brown Fur Seal, New Zealand Fur Seal, Humpback Whale, Southern Right Whale, Sperm Whale, Blue Whale, Orca, Common Short-beaked Dolphin, Oceanic Bottlenose Dolphin 

Seabird Pelagic Trips: 2023 Dates


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