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Has anyone been whale watching? What are the best places for whale watching and what are the costs? Would love to read about your experiences and suggestions.

Posted by mom93821, 14th September 2015

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  • My daughter went dolphin watching at Port Macquarie last February and loved it. She said the dolphins were swimming alongside the boat.

  • I would love to go whale watching,it would be an amazing experience! Hopefully in the future soon!

  • I went about 10 years ago at Nelson Bay (NSW). From what I can remember, it was a little underwhelming.

  • Hervey Bay, Queensland has a lot of whale watch operators at various costs for part day and full day cruises. My son went on a fast cat boat as part of their school camp agenda and loved it. They had a number of whales that came right up to the boat and played around for quite a while, along with dolphins and other marine life. A few years back, we were anchored fishing in our dinghy and a mother and calf went right by us. An incredible experience.

  • Hope you find a good whale watching cruise if you head up to Nelson Bay. Some of the motels also offer a discount for the cruises too. Happy holiday!

  • I went like five years ago so can’t remember the costs think it was around $100, it was freezing and windy out there so make sure you rug up with a beanie and scarf! It was lovely but at the same time we could only go a certain distance near the whales (not too close) so to me it was still a bit far off to see properly :(

  • Oh gee, it was years ago and I don’t remember the details. But I do remember it was wonderful to see whales so close.

  • Thanks Ashblonde! Will look into Nelson Bay – wonderful tip. Have a wonderful trip and time. :)

  • Nelson Bay NSW has several boats that offer cruises for whale watching & they all vary in prices, we are planning a trip up there in a fortnight & hoping for a close up with one!

  • It is next on my bucket list and I am keen to hear about Mom’s experiences of whale watching. Will be ticking this off my list sooner rather than later! :)

  • No I haven’t, wouldn’t it be lovely to do though? One more thing to add to my bucket list, it’s getting a bit long, I really should start doing it. I’ve heard Queensland, Northern, is the best place for it. I’ve seen a few businesses that do it up that way

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