Best whale watching in Australia?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Aug 8, 2012 8:03 AM Last Post By: bellart1
Aug 6, 2012 2:25 PM
Best whale watching in Australia?I actually have a very specific question, but it's so specific and since we're on the topic I'll open it up for discussion for all parts of Australia. I "whale watched" in Narooma nearly 12 months ago but only remember seeing one or two whales and none of them breached (having said that, I've travelled so much I may have seen more whales but forgotten, but I think I would remember breaching if I saw it). I'm now in Hervey Bay and wondering if I should go on a whale watching cruise. Is Hervey Bay reliable? Has anyone had the fortune of comparing both places?
And like I said, I'll open it up for discussion as I doubt anyone will have whale watched in both places. What other good spots are there in Australia?
Aug 6, 2012 8:57 PM
Aug 6, 2012 10:33 PM
Aug 7, 2012 2:11 AM
3I've seen whales off the coast of Albany in WA and last November, off Merimbula NSW. We saw several in 5 hours on the boat and several breached while we were watching them, which was quite amazing. But surely there's always going to be an element of luck involved?
For instance we've tried to see whale sharks in Belize and Zanzibar - no luck - went to Ningaloo and there they were.
Aug 7, 2012 3:05 AM
Aug 7, 2012 3:26 AM
Aug 7, 2012 3:26 AM
Aug 7, 2012 3:34 AM
7There were a couple in Sydney Harbour yesterday. The buggers got in the way of a ferry, caused damage and disrupted the homeward journey of various Northern beaches citizens.
I regularly see them from headlands (Crackneck on the Central Coast, Cape Byron and even the beach at New Brighton in the north) and while fishing offshore (off the Tweed Coast). They are becoming something of a nuisance and something should be done about them, but our current government is simply too afraid of whale loving shock jocks like Alan Jones, who bears a close resemblance to his cetacean brothers.
Hervey Bay is probably one of the best places to see them, but hasten. They'll be heading off for parts south pretty soon.
Aug 7, 2012 3:38 PM
8No boat needed at the Head of the Bight in South Oz. Around this time last year we could see lots - I counted about 20 without trying too hard. However, it takes a bit of effort to get there from the east coast - it's about 2-3 days drive from Adelaide.
Look at the website linked to see when whales are in residence.
Aug 8, 2012 7:23 AM
Aug 8, 2012 8:03 AM
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