The Humpback whales are the most surface active of all the whales and being 15 metres long and weighing up to 40 tonnes, they are surprisingly graceful. Seeing a whale propel itself skyward and crash back into the ocean it is a sight you won't forget (nor it a tail slap, body roll or pectoral fin wave).
Port Stephens can boast excellent sighting rates, as the whales come quite close to the coastline here. The best way to see the whales is on a cruise and there are operators that offer multiple cruise departures daily. Visit www.imaginecruises.com.au or www.moonshadow.com.au or www.tamboiqueencruises.com to find out more.
But, if you don't have your sea legs you can always try some land based whale watching. The best vanatage points are at Boat Harbour (at the end of Blanch Street/Noamunga Street) or at Fingal Bay (off Barry Park) or from the top of Tomaree Headland (a great walk up and spectacular views as well).
Remember to keep an eye on the ocean... you just might spot a whale!
And book your accommodation at www.portstephensaccommodation.com