Whale Watching in Port Stephens
You’ll have a whale of a time on Australia’s mid-north coast especially around Port Stephens, which is a top spot to see Humpbacks and Southern right whales passing during their annual migration. Mid-May to Early September sees the whales moving north to their breeding grounds and from Mid September to the Middle of October the south migration kicks in with lots of Humpback mothers with their newborn calves seen during October.
Pods are easy to spot from the Tomaree National Park, and the Tomaree Head Summit Walk is considered one of the top ten panoramic views in Australia. Port Stephens’ beaches and foreshores also offer good whale-watching, especially from Boat Harbour, Anna Bay, Fisherman’s Bay and Barry Park in Fingal Bay. If you’re on a quad bike tour on the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, you could be lucky enough to sight passing whales right from the beach.
Moonshadow Cruises, Tamboi Queen Cruises and Imagine Cruises run regular whale-watching tours during the season from Nelson Bay. Alternatively, join a Discovery Ranger on the Wild About Whales tour in Tomaree National Park, held from June to September. Junior Ranger tours designed especially for kids run in June, July, September and October.
Tomaree Head Summit walk – Shoal Bay
1km (one way) – 0.75 hour – Medium difficulty
Take the invigorating short walk to the summit of Tomaree Head, 161m above the Port Stephens entrance. As you hike the track, you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of idyllic Port Stephens and its coastline.
Legacy Markets – All year round!
Across the road in Neil Carroll Park, Fly Point, Nelson Bay, NSW. 1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays of every month 8am – 3pm – Stall holders from all over the district come to the markets to sell their wares. From stained glass to fresh fruit and veges, you sure to find something here to catch your eye. Come over and grab a bargain.