Whale watching in Nelson Bay

Catch a glimpse of the ocean’s giants with these experiences available off the NSW coast.

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Sydney isn't a monopoly market when it comes to whale watching, with cruises departing only 2.5 hours north in the seaside town of Nelson Bay.


Our top picks: Whale watching experiences you can book in Nelson Bay right now

Whale Watching Cruise - 2.5 Hours

Whale Watching Cruise - 2.5 Hours from RedBalloon

Best for: Price

    Highlights:
  • Enjoy views of the harbour and ocean while you pass by whales, dolphins, seabirds and penguins
  • Learn about these majestic creatures with an expert guide
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits onboard
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    Whale Watching Sailing Cruise - Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

    Whale Watching Sailing Cruise - Nelson Bay, Port Stephens from Adrenaline

    Best for: Eco-conscious cruising

      Highlights:
    • Watch on as humpback whales say hello boat-side
    • Enjoy live commentary from experts onboard
    • Alongside whales, you’ll also spot dolphins, fairy penguins, seals and albatross
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      Why you can trust our recommendations for whale watching in Nelson Bay

      • We compared whale watching in Nelson Bay options with top brands like RedBalloon, Adrenaline, Viator and Groupon to find the top experiences.
      • We put ourselves in your shoes and considered what most people would look for when booking experiences, whether it's location, price, inclusions or availability.
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      Whale watching in Nelson Bay: Compare experiences, locations and inclusions

      ExperienceDeparts fromDurationWhat's includedWhere to book
      3 Hours Whale Watching CruiseNelson Bay3 hours
      • Commentary onboard
      • Snacks including tea, coffee and biscuits
      RedBalloon
      Whale Watching TourNewcastle2 hours
      • Commentary onboard
      • Drinks including water and juice
      • Photographs of the trip
      RedBalloon
      Newcastle Whale Watching ExperienceNewcastle3 hours
      • Commentary onboard
      • Morning tea, coffee and biscuits
      RedBalloon
      Whale Watching Cruise at Nelson BayNelson Bay3-3.5 hours
      • Snacks including tea, coffee and biscuits
      • Sailing crew
      • Licensed bar onboard
      • Motion sickness tablet
      • Commentary onboard
      Adrenaline

      Where can I book a whale watching experience in Nelson Bay?

      Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
      RedBalloon
      RedBalloon - Whale watching in Nelson Bay
      5 years
      $10
      Yes
      Yes
      Adrenaline
      Adrenaline - Whale watching in Nelson Bay
      5 years
      $10
      No
      Yes
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      Frequently asked questions about whale watching experiences in Nelson Bay

      Where can I do whale watching in Nelson Bay?

      You can cruise off the coast of Nelson Bay, Port Stephens or Newcastle.

      When is the whale watching season in Nelson Bay?

      Catch the whale migration between mid-May and mid-November. Mid-May to August sees the herd heading north to the calving grounds.

      What do I wear while whale watching in Nelson Bay?

      Tour companies recommend that guests bring along sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. Be sure to dress warmly. Black-soled shoes are not recommended onboard as they mark up the decks.

      How much is whale watching in Nelson Bay?

      Expect to pay between $65 and $99 per person to whale watch in Nelson Bay.

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