Whale Watching in Port Macquarie


Curious dolphins and majestic humpbacks

With beautiful estuaries and sparkling ocean, the Greater Port Macquarie region is one of the best places to see dolphins and humpback whales on the NSW North Coast. Join a cruise to see the marine mammals up close or spot whales from spectacular headlands.

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  • Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures, North Coast

See humpbacks and dolphins in Greater Port Macquarie

For an unforgettable experience, join a whale-watching cruise in Port Macquarie and explore the ocean for humpbacks, southern rights and other whales. Between May and November, these majestic mammals migrate in their thousands along the coast of NSW.

The most common encounters are with humpback whales, the stars of the annual whale journey because they leap out of the water and roll in the air. The abundance of small fish and prawns in the waters of this region on the North Coast of NSW draws whales closer to the coastline.

Whale watching, Port Macquarie

Major tour operators in the city of Port Macquarie, only four hours’ drive north of Sydney, include Port Jet, Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures and Port Venture. Whale-watching cruises depart daily when the whales are migrating, and there are daily dolphin-watching river cruises all year.

You can also spot whales from headlands and viewing platforms on the Port Macquarie coastal walk, including at the heritage-listed Tacking Point Lighthouse. A leisurely drive south, near the charming villages of Laurieton and North Haven, is the Kattang Nature Reserve. Amble along delightful walking trails to great vantage points such as Perpendicular Point and Charles Hamey lookout

Whale watching, Port Macquarie

  1. Charles Hamey lookout

    Charles Hamey lookout

    Just a short walk from the carpark, you’ll be amazed at the breathtaking coastal views from Charles Hamey lookout. Sit on the cliff tops and admire magnificent scenery overlooking Gogleys Lagoon, with North Brother...

  2. Geebung Picnic Area

    Geebung Picnic Area

    Nestled into the dunes, Geebung picnic area is a perfect beachside spot just north of popular Diamond Head campground, in Crowdy Bay National Park. Only a short stroll to the white crescent sands of Dunbogan Beach,...

  3. Kattang Nature Reserve

    Kattang Nature Reserve

    Near Port Macquarie and Taree, Kattang Nature Reserve offers spectacular views, magnificent wildflowers, great photography, easy walking, picnicking, whale watching and fishing.Kattang Nature Reserve is a...

  4. Mermaid lookout track

    Mermaid lookout track

    Cross the footbridge over the creek at Diamond Head and wander up this short walking track to the lookout. Along the shore is a series of rocky coves just perfect for a mermaid's afternoon nap. Enjoy spectacular views...

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