Humpback Whales travel thousands of kilometres 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 but you may 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.
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.
Top Spot 1 – Mt Tomaree Look out
Top Spot 2 – Barry Park Lookout
Top Spot 3 – Boat Harbour Headland
Top Spot 4 – Birubi Point Headland
If it’s an up close and personal experience that you’re after then you’ll certainly want to head onto the water on one of Port Stephens many whale watching cruises.
Moonshadow – TQC and Imagine Cruises are two of the best cruise operators in the region and they know all there is to know about the whale migration past Port Stephens. You can book your cruise safely and securely online via our website: www.portstephens.org.au
For more information please call the Port Stephens Visitors Information Centre on 1800 808 900