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Whale watching in Port Stephens

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  • Whale watching in Port Stephens


Port Stephens is known for its pristine beaches, crystal waters and spectacular marine life€“ so it's no wonder that a pod of resident dolphins have made the region their permanent home. It's also a great whale-watching spot during the season from May to November.

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Whale Watching in Port Stephens

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You'll have a whale of a time on Australia's mid-north coast especially around Port Stephens, which is a top spot to see Humpbacks and Southern right whales passing during their annual migration. Mid-May to Early September sees the whales moving north to their breeding grounds and from Mid September to the Middle of October the south migration kicks in with lots of Humpback mothers with their new born calves seen during October. 

Pods are easy to spot from the Tomaree National Park, and the Tomaree Head Summit Walk is considered one of the top ten panoramic views in Australia. Port Stephens' beaches and foreshores also offer good whale-watching, especially from Boat Harbour, Anna Bay, Fisherman's Bay and Barry Park in Fingal Bay. If you're on a quad bike tour on the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, you could be lucky enough to sight passing whales right from the beach.

Tamboi Queen Cruises, Moonshadow Cruises and Imagine Cruises run regular whale-watching tours during the season from Nelson Bay. Alternatively, join a Discovery Ranger on the Wild About Whales tour in Tomaree National Park, held from June to September. Junior Ranger tours designed especially for kids run in June, July, September and October.

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Revel in the beautiful beaches of Newcastle, explore the sparkling waterways of Port Stephens or enjoy the fine wine and gourmet food of the Hunter Valley.

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