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Whale Watching Cruises

Come and see why Port Stephens is known as one of the best Whale Watching destinations in Australia!

Quick Details

Whale Watching Nelson Bay Departures
Adult Ages 15+
A$75
Child Ages 4-14 | An Adult must be entered before Children
A$35
Senior/Student With valid ID
A$70
Infant Ages 0-3 | An Adult must be entered before Infants
A$7.50
Family 2 Adults + 2 Children (Ages 0-14)
A$185

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF WHALE SEASON | Thursday 30th May

Join Moonshadow TQC & Imagine Cruises as we celebrate the start of the 2024 Whale Watching season here in Port Stephens. This event is supported by Port Stephens Council, d’Albora Marina & Destination Port Stephens. Check out the link here for more details on the Opening Ceremony, Cruises, Raffle and Post-Cruise Celebrations.

Whale Season | 18th May to 3rd November 2024

Join Moonshadow TQC onboard our 2.5hr Whale Watching cruise venturing out to the ‘Humpback highway’ during the northern Whale migration during May-November. Onboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer or the MV Osprey, you will have amazing viewing opportunities to see our Whales.

You will never forget seeing the awesome bulk of a humpback whale, up to 18 metres long and weighing 40 tonnes! Being the most surface active of all the whales, it is possible that you will see spectacular displays – spy hops, pectoral slaps, body rolls and … the breathtaking breach.

Enjoy entertaining and informative commentary from your Captain. We also have the chance to see some Australian Fur Seals, Common & Bottlenose dolphins, and exploring some of our outer islands – multiple cruises for the price of one!

With great viewing decks (both inside and outside), you can be sure you are getting the best view of these friendly giants. A fully licensed bar is available on board for beverages, and snacks.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable casual clothing & footwear
  • Sunglasses, hat & sun cream are recommended
  • Camera
  • Dress warmer for winter months
  • If you or any member of your party experience or feel they may experience motion sickness, we highly recommend consulting your pharmacist regarding seasickness medication.

Stand-by vouchers will be issued at crew discretion if whales are not sighted on your cruise. Conditions apply.