Whale Watching

PORT STEPHENS ATTRACTIONS | WHALE WATCHING CRUISES

Attracting thousands of tourists to the Port Stephens area each year, the humpback whale migration is an amazing sight to see. The gentle giants pass the Port Stephens coastline as they migrate north with their young during May to July to the warmer tropical waters of the Queensland coast where they give birth and mate. From September to November, humpback whales travel south along the coast of Australia, returning to the cold waters of Antarctica.

 

ULTIMATE WHALE WATCHING TOURS

Winning Holidays can arrange tour reservation on your behalf with any of the following cruise boats.

 

Moonshadow Cruises

Moonshadow Explorer is a 30 meters (100 feet) catamaran and well at home in the local coastal waters of Port Stephens, providing passengers with a very comfortable and safe journey. Moonshadow Explorer is the largest whale watch vessel in the Bay, purpose built for ocean cruises. With two viewing decks you can rest assure you're getting the best view of these friendly giants. Being the most surface active of all the whales, it is highly likely that you will see spectacular displays - spyhops, pectoral slaps, body rolls and ... the breathtaking breach. 

Enjoy morning or afternoon tea, entertaining and informative commentary and a bonus dolphin and outer island cruise And, we will even give you a free return cruise if you don't see a whale (stand-by basis) Prices start from: $63 per adult - $27 per Child - $153 per family of 4 (2x adults + 2x children).

 

Imagine Cruises

Come aboard Imagine Cruises for a sailing experience like no other. Experience the amazing migration from this beautiful 6-metre Motor - Sailing Catamaran that provides visitors with an intimate whale watching experience. Chance to see albatross and seals, informative live commentary, 360-degree views from stable foredeck, FREE tea, coffee and biscuits plus a FREE standby cruise if no whales are seen.
Prices start from: $65 per adult - $35 per Child - $175 per family of 4 (2x adults + 2x children).

 

Tamboi Queen Crusies - MV Surprise

Come aboard Imagine Cruises for a sailing experience like no other. Experience the amazing migration from this beautiful 6 meter Motor - Sailing Catamaran which provides visitors with an intimate whale watching experience. Chance to see albatross and seals, informative live commentary, 360 degree views from stable foredeck, FREE tea coffee and biscuits plus a FREE standby cruise if no whales are seen.
Prices start from: $60 per adult - $25 per Child - $145 per family of 4 (2x adults + 2x children).

GENTLE GIANTS OF THE SEA

Cruise boat operators dont have to travel too far past the headlands in search of the awesome humpback whales, which is why Port Stephens is one of the best vantage points on the Australian east coast to view them. Frequently the first sign of a whales presence is its blow, a water vapour that it shoots in the air when breaking the surface. Waving their long pectoral fins, body rolling and splashing about while breaching, humpback whales launch themselves out of the water creating a wash of water as they hit the surface. You wont forget the sight of a 15-metre, 40-tonne humpback whale breaching!

Humpback whales are one of the most vocal of all whale species, and are known for their memorable songs. Whale songs consist of a series of wails, squeals, groan, grunts and whistles. The songs can last for half an hour and carry for hundreds of kilometres.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WHALES

  • Humpbacks range in length from 12-16 metres and weigh around 36,000kg
  • An adult humpback whale will eat 2,000 - 2,500kg of plankton, fish and krill each day
  • Southern Ocean humpbacks live in Antarctic waters between September to May each year, and migrate up to 25,000km annually
  • Humpbacks have a distinctive body shape; with unusually long pectoral fins, a knobbly head and a large area of blubber found in front of their dorsal fin
  • Their bodies are dark grey or black in colour, with unique patches on their belly, pectoral fins and tail flukes
  • Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are baleen whales, which mean they filter water between their baleen plates when feeding