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.
Major tour operators in the city of Port Macquarie, only four hours’ drive north of Sydney, include Port Jet Port Jet, 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.