Port Stephens Whales

Get back to nature... 

and enjoy some easy walks along the beautiful headlands of Port Stephens to some of the best land based vantage points for spotting the Humpback Whales that travel up and down the coast every year.

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General Info

Humpback Whales travel thousands of kilometres from early May to Late November, between their winter breeding ground to their summer feeding ground along the East Coast of Australia.

We are lucky enough to witness one of the longest whale migrations in the world off the coast of NSW. Humpback Whales are the most popular species with about 20,000 animals passing Port Stephens each year.

From about May, Humpback Whales begin passing by on their Northern Migration coming from antarctic waters in the south. By early August these whales have moved onto their breeding grounds up north around the equator. On this northern Migration you can see a lot of breaching whales and active males showing their dominance to impress females for mating.

By September the first whales are on their way south again. you can often see whales going both ways at this time of year. By mid to late August right up to the beginning of December the whales are now all swimming south and you can start to see mothers with their newborn calves.

Flat calm days are obviously better for spotting a whale but once you know what you’re looking for you will be able to spot them even on a rough day. 

Look out for the telltale “water spout”.

Look and book your accommodation online and come and see for yourself.

Find out more info on the whales and download the Wild about Whales App

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