Get up close and personal with these beasts of the ocean on these top cruises.
Nelson Bay is one of the best places to spot humpback whales along Australia's east coast as they migrate north to meet their mates.
We've hand-picked the top whale watching tours in Nelson Bay, so you have the chance to watch these incredibly majestic creatures up close.
Our top picks of whale watching cruises in Nelson Bay:
Best for price: Whale Watching Cruise with Imagine Whale Watching Cruise, Nelson Bay from RedBalloon
- Cost: $68
- Duration: 3 hours
- Suitable for: 2+ years
- Extras: Spot fur seals and dolphins too
Best for experience length: Port Stephens Small Group Whales & Dunes Combo with Port Stephens 4WD Tours, Port Stephens from Get Your Guide
- Cost: $199
- Duration: Full day
- Suitable for: Info not provided
- Extras: Day trip from Sydney includes a whale watching cruise, exploring sand dunes by 4WD vehicle and taking a photo with a koala
When is whale watching season in Nelson Bay?
Your best chance of spotting whales in Nelson Bay is during the humpback whales' migration season. This runs from mid-May until mid-November.
From mid-May to August, humpback whales journey north to their calving ground. From August until mid-November, they journey back south to Antarctica.
Compare whale watching cruises in Nelson Bay
|Cruise name||Location||Duration||Suitable for (ages)||Extras/inclusions||Price (from)||Book|
|Whale Watching Cruise||Nelson Bay||3 hours||2 years and up||Tea, coffee and biscuits, free return voucher if no whales are spotted||$68||RedBalloon|
|Port Stephens Small Group Whales & Dunes Combo||Port Stephens (from Sydney)||1 day||Info not given||Whale watching cruise and sandboarding tour from Sydney||$199||GetYourGuide|