The big news in Port Stephens each Winter are the arrival of the Humpback whales, as they pass close by us on their migration North. This usually begins mid May and continues through until August as the whale migrate North to the Great Barrier Reef, where they mate and calve, and then from August to November as they head back South to the Antarctic with their calves.
Over 12,000 Humpbacks will take part in the annual migration and Port Stephens is ideal for both land based whale watching and whale watch cruises. We see whales on both the the Northern and Southern migrations and they generally track a path quite close to our coastline (so you don't have to go too far out to sea to see them).
There have already been sightings of whales off Boat Harbour and Fingal Bay last week and cruises officially begin on Sunday (22nd May), with the official opening of the whale watching season scheduled for 1st June 2016 (keep an eye out for half price cruise tickets on this day).
If you are near the coast at Fingal Bay or Boat Harbour or if you are walking up Tomaree Headland, then keep an eye out for whales!
Also, mark in your diary June 1st to July 3rd for 'Naturefest,' and the creation of the human whale on Shoal Bay Beach on 3rd July.
Bring it all on!