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Australian Whale Watching - Cruises, Tours, Packages, Charters and LocationsListed Below are the best Australian Whale Watching - Cruises, Tours, Packages, Charters and Locations. Whales migrate long distances to feed and reproduce in the world's oceans and bays. Each year whales leave their winter feeding grounds in Antarctic waters to migrate approximately 10,000km to Australia's warmer waters to breed and rear their young. In the southern winter the migrating whales travel north past New Zealand and up the eastern and western coasts of Australia. In total about forty species of whales and dolphins have been recorded in Australian waters. The three most common whales in Australian waters are the Humpback, Southern Right and Killer (Orca) Whales. Humpback and Southern Right whales follow the same route each year that is learned and passed on to each new generation. In late spring the adults and young return to the Antarctic. Sometimes whales can be seen as early as May in Sydney Harbour and along the coast, well before the breeding season starts. The whale watching season occurs in winter and spring (June to November) when the humpbacks travel north from the Antarctic to warmer Australian waters and then head down south again. On East coast the whales travel north to the Great Barrier Reef and in the West to areas north of Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef. Popular spots for whale watching are, on the Australian east coast, Hervey Bay and Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island, Fraser Island in Queensland, Cape Byron, Sydney, Jervis Bay, Port Stephens and all along the South Coast in New South Wales, Point Hicks in Victoria, and Storm Bay and the East Coast in Tasmania. On the southern and western coasts, the Coast along the Great Ocean Road (particularly Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland Bay) and Port Phillip in Victoria, the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight, and Cape Leeuwin, Albany, Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia are the most popular whale watching spots. Whale can be seen from the coast and cliffs, but the best way to see them is to take a tour.
Listed below are the best Australian Whale Watching - Cruises, Tours, Packages, Charters and Locations throughout Australia, listed by name and location. Scroll through the list and click the operator's link to get more information. Click the town links to see the range of operators and tours available in the area. Use the search tools to select by State, Region and Town.