Port Stephens is the best port in Australia for Whale Watching during the season, which runs May to November annually. In 2011 more humpback whales travelled the east coast migration than ever before. Common sightings on whale watching from Port Stephens are whales breaching, fin slapping, tail slapping and spy hopping. While Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales are the most commonly spotted whales but you may also see:
- Minke whales
- Blue whales
- Sei whales
- Fin whales
- False killer whales
- Orca or killer whales
- Sperm whales
- Pygmy right whales
- Pygmy sperm whales
- Bryde’s whales
You may also encounter Sharks; including Hammerheads, Sea Turtles, Seals, Little Penguins (Fairy Penguins) and a wide variety of Sea Birds including Petrels, Albatross, and Mutton Birds while on a whale watch cruise from Port Stephens on MV Hammerhead.
Our crew strictly observe the National Parks and Wildlife rules in relation to approaching whales, however we often find that while we keep to the prescribed distance that the whales approach the vessel. We have had whales within a few metres of the vessel when whale watching off Port Stephens. It is an amazing, unforgettable experience to see a whale up close and personal. The sheer size of these gentle animals has to be experienced.
Whale & Dolphin Watching Cruises
Please note for all charters booked online or by phone through Hammerhead Charters, we require bookings in advance to ensure your charter experience is professionally organised. Full payment is required at this time and 100% refundable only if the charter is cancelled at the captain’s discretion. 25% deposit is required to secure all bookings (no refund if cancelled 14 days prior to charter). Full payment prior to all charters. 100% refund if cancelled by unfavourable weather conditions.