Whale Watching Port Macquarie

Have a whale of a time in Port Macquarie!

Even though the cold mornings have well and truly set in and getting out of bed gives us full-blown doona withdrawals, there is a silver lining to winter. A black-and-white-barnacle-covered lining in fact.

Watching humpback whales migrate up the east coast each year is an absolute treat – and we’ve breached out to find the best vantage points to do a spot of whale watching in Port Macquarie, from sea to shore.

Port Jet

For an up close and personal whale watching encounter, Port Jet has you covered. Get a front row seat to the action, with a 99% guarantee of spotting whales on any given day! Just check out their Instagram and for some seriously close encounters with these gentle giants.

Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures

Get onboard the longest running whale watching service in the area and set out to sea! Experts in finding these majestic creatures in local waters (they’ve spotted white whale Migaloo on several occasions!) you can choose between the larger Discovery boat or a 12 passenger RIB for a more intimate experience: you won’t have to fight the crowds for the best view here.

More of a land lubber? Here’s our pick of vantage points on the shore:

Tacking Point Lighthouse

Watch whales breach, flip and twirl out of the ocean from heritage listed Tacking Point Lighthouse while you rug up with a picnic and a front row seat. Get active and get there via the Coastal Walk – you’ll double your chance of spotting them en route!

Camden Haven

Just thirty minutes south of Port, Kattang Nature Reserve is a local favourite for whale watching. Pack your binoculars and take your pick of the walking trails: viewpoints like Grants Head, Perpendicular Point and Diamond Head are few of the stunning track that will see you spotting whales poppin’ left, right and centre.

Read more: check out our list of the top things to do in Port.