Want to go whale watching near Newcastle? Nelson Bay is just an hour away and is the perfect spot to go whale watching in the region. With Adrenaline, you can discover a great selection of unforgettable whale-watching tours around the Nelson Bay region.
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If you want to go whale watching in Nelson Bay, plan your visit between May and November. At this time of year, thousands of whales, including humpbacks, make their way from Antarctica to Australia’s warmer waters and back again, swimming along the east coast.
If your visit doesn’t coincide with the annual whale-watching season, the Nelson Bay region is also home to dozens of bottlenose dolphins. Join a dolphin-watching cruise, go dolphin swimming or have fun spotting the spectacular creatures from the shore.
Although you may be able to spot whales at any time of day, we recommend heading out on the water in the morning for better sightseeing. The ocean is typically calmer earlier in the day, making it much easier to spot the whales.
Whale watching can be a fantastic family activity, but it’s important to wear clothing that’s appropriate. To start with, it’s often cooler on the water meaning it’s a good idea to dress in layers. Consider taking along a warm jacket that is wind and waterproof. If you’re due to set sail on a whale-watching cruise in Nelson Bay during the chillier winter months, take a scarf and beanie along too.
It’s also important to protect yourself from the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen before you set sail and reapply as needed. A pair of sunglasses can help protect your eyes and also reduce the amount of glare from the water. If you plan to take a hat, consider one that is tight fitting or has a drawstring so it won’t be blown away into the ocean.
On a whale-watching cruise in Nelson Bay, the boat deck can become wet and slippery. To help make your cruise more comfortable, it's a good idea to wear flat shoes with a decent amount of grip.
Port Stephens is home to some spectacular whale-watching spots, from Tomaree Head Summit to Barry Park, but arguably one of the best places for whale-watching is out on the water. Not only can you get closer on a whale-watching cruise, but you’ll often enjoy some expert commentary, too, allowing you to learn more about the magical creatures.
In the unlikely event that you don’t see a whale on your Nelson Bay whale-watching cruise, operators may allow you to join another of their cruises. Not all cruise operators offer a whale sighting guarantee, so it is essential to read each product listing carefully before booking.