The Couple’s Quick Guide to Whale Watching in Australia

Looking for a unique activity or destination just for the two of you? Try whale watching in Australia! Not only do you get to visit and explore Down Under’s picturesque locations, but you also get to experience the excitement and joy of watching these majestic creatures of the sea.

There are 30 species of whale that can be found in Australian waters, including 21 toothed whales and 9 baleen whales. Whale watching in Australia is a fantastic couple activity that you can do either to cap off your visit to Australia or be the center of your holiday/vacation trip.

Some whale species that are here are transient, with both Humpback and Southern Right whales famed for their incredible migratory travels from Antarctica’s waters. An estimated number of more than 30,000 individuals, migrates in the coast of Western Australia to breed in the warmer regions of the Kimberley coast. Moreover, more than 20,000 Humpback Whales migrate to the Coral Sea on the East Coast.

Humpback Whales are a very popular species to spot on Australian whale watching tours, known for their remarkable breaking of their bodies that weigh up to 40 tonnes. They can be seen during annual migrations from Phillip Island, Sydney Harbour, the Great Barrier Reef and off Western Australia’s Ningaloo Marine Park. The Australian Government also recently permitted approved operators to swim with Humpbacks across different regions including Ningaloo Reef.

Here are just some of the places you can go whale watching in Australia

Head of Bight, SA

Head of Bight is located east of the Western Australian border and approximately 12 hours from Adelaide. It provides one of the best coast-side whale watching in Australia. Between June and October during whale watching season, the Southern Right Whale stays along the coast. During July and August, around 100 Southern Right Whales can be seen along the 15km strip of coastline. If you’re fortunate, you’ll spot a humpback whale returning from Antarctica.

Port Stephens, NSW

Just two-and-a-half hours north of Sydney or an hour from Newcastle, the coastal town of Port Stephens the home of the largest sand mass in the Southern Hemisphere and it comes with 26 scenic bays and beaches. During June and August, humpback whales can be seen swimming off the coast of Port Stephens on during the annual northern migration. In September and November, they return with their calves, so it’s your chance to try to spot a mother and her baby.

Moreton Bay, QLD

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Moreton Bay is one of the main routes for migrating Humpback Whales and it’s also a fantastic place to see these incredible animals up close. It’s considered one of the top places to see Humpback Whales in the world! At any one time, you can behold hundreds of whales just passing through, which makes spotting one easier. Spotted frequently from June until September, you’re likely to behold plenty of tail slaps, breaches, and fin slaps from these playful whales as they cruise through the bay.

Excited to go with your loved one? We’re sure you are. Whale watching can be one of the most romantic dates you can have with a special someone – and what better place to experience it than in Australia. Apart from whale watching in Australia, we’re sure you’re planning a lot of different experiences and destinations to keep that flame burning – so get to it! Best of luck!

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