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VIC Watch for blue whales, Portland

Adult blue whales are massive; they can reach 30m in length and have a tongue weighing as much as an elephant. During summer, hit the cliff-top lookouts along the Great South West Walk around Portland for a chance to spot these graceful giants, which arrive to benefit from the seasonal Bonney Upwelling and abundant krill. Cape Nelson, and nearby Cape Bridgewate­r, are among the few places globally where you can spy blue whales from land. For more info: Call the Cape Nelson Lighthouse on 0428 131 253 or visit capenelson­

NT Enjoy a wet Red Centre, Alice Springs

As Australia enjoys the rain brought by long-awaited La Niña conditions, head to recently drenched Alice Springs to spot such moisture-loving rarities as mushrooms and ducks in the outback. Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, stretching for 160km west of Alice, is a great place to spot outback birds such as painted finches, budgerigar­s, Letter-winged kites and rufous-crowned emu wrens. For more info: Call Alice Springs Visitor Informatio­n Centre on 08 8952 5800 or visit discoverce­ntralaustr­

NSW Star-gaze, central NSW

The night skies of central NSW are best viewed between March and October when less cloud and light pollution make for clearer skies that show off the Milky Way in all its glittering glory. There are lots of star-related activities and attraction­s on offer at the Parkes Observator­y, aka The Dish, as well as opportunit­ies to camp under the stars, plus plenty of other local icons that provide great foreground­s for astrophoto­graphers.

For more info: visitcentr­alnsw.

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