The Port Stephens Whale Watching Season has Begun.

This week has seen the start of the 2015 whale watching season in Port Stephens. An estimated 20,000 Humpback whales are expected to pass close by our coastline as they migrate to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef, where they breed and calve, and then back to the Antarctic, where they rest and feed.

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 or or 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!

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