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Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle
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Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle

By CoastXP
Recommended by 98% of travellers
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Ages 3-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 2h
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  • Including GST and booking fees
  • Professional Guide
  • Water and Juice
  • Premium weatherproof jackets provided
What's not included
  • Any parking or transport fees


Departure details
  • 3-3A Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle NSW 2300, Australia Tours depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, out the front of Rydges Newcastle, on the Honeysuckle Foreshore.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 85969P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children under 3 not allowed
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle?
Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle price starts from AU$127.02. Discover and book Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle on Tripadvisor
What is the Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle cancellation policy?
Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle on Tripadvisor
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On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Humpback Whale Encounter Tour from Newcastle on Tripadvisor

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  • marybetht862
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    Zingier than a harbour cruise
    The day was beautiful! We felt in very capable hands with Dom and recommend this delightful experience most highly!
  • Sare95
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    Knowledgeable team, great experience
    The CoastXP team are fantastic! They did everything to ensure my Mum and I had the most fantastic day. Dom and Troy were knowledgeable of the local area and friendly. The boat is comfortable and incredibly clean. A great experience. I would recommend it as a great day out to others.
  • Excursion29009192064
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    Great little trip
    Great little trip. Got to see the coast from the sea our tour guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, with even got to see dolphins close up.
  • jennypY3011ZT
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    A magic day!
    Interesting, informative and vey enjoyable. Our Lake tour today with CoastXP gave us a great new perspective of our Lake - from the middle looking out, rather than the edges looking in. Lunch was yummy! The crew - Dom and Jane - were friendly and professional, especially with regard to safety. The boat was in excellent order - exceedingly well maintained and presented. We had a great time and definitely intend to take more tours with CoastXP.
  • Camper38208640200
    Camper38208640200
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    Must do trip for Newcastle
    Great fun and a brilliant way to see spectacular views of Newcastle from the water. Had some friendly dolphins join in the sightseeing whole out there. The caves were amazing and getting a view from the water you see how gorgeous the beaches are. Highly recommended
  • mrsmithp2016
    mrsmithp2016
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    Great tour.
    Excellent tour. Gide was brilliant. Boat immaculate. Professional people. Would definitely recommend this tour. A great way to see the New Castle area from the sea.
  • monstecor
    monstecor
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    An awesome must do!
    ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! We did the Adventure Tour along the coast from Newcastle down to Catherine Hill Bay, WOW! We already knew that Australia's east coast was spectacular, but to see it here from the water is superb, and CoastXP is the way to do it. Dominic and Troy were our crew today, they were fantastic! Informative, humorous, knowledgeable, friendly, polite.... I'm running out of complimentary adjectives! We came back to the dock totally happy!! We saw fur-seals, dolphins, and a chunk of our fabulous coastline. We were educated by the guys and had a blast in the pristinely clean and well maintained boat. My wife Monika and I would have no reservations in recommending CoastXP. The communication from the company beforehand is perfect, and the level of friendly professionalism displayed by Dominic and Troy was awesome! Great value for money, worth every cent.
  • W6770OSdebbieb
    W6770OSdebbieb
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    Rough Seas No Problem
    This was our second trip with CoastXP and would highly recommend them to anyone visiting Newcastle or anyone who wants to see Newcastle and surrounds from a totally different perspective. Although we had some pretty rough seas and a strong wind blowing in our faces both on the way out and on the way back our children and grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we praise Jane's expertise in handling the boat.
  • iandmgraham
    iandmgraham
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    A whale if a time
    The commentary Dom gave was wonderful, especially when he saw the whale in distress and how he immediately contacted the relevant authorities. We really appreciated Dom giving us feedback on what was happening with the whale. We would certainly recommend the experience we had to family and friends. The whole trip was organised extremely well.
  • richo66
    richo66
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    Great fun
    Great ride with Tracey. Saw some seals. Enjoyed going down to caves beach and Catherine hill bay. Very flexible and allowed us to use Red balloon vouchers after we had our tour cancelled last year due to weather.
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    * HIGHLY RECOMMEND *
    If I could give 6 stars out of 5 I would. Sensational way to see the coastline of Newcastle down to Catherine Hill Bay like you never have before. Skipper of our boat today ‘Atmos’ was the extremely knowledgeable and capable Tracey. We loved seeing Nigel the seal and highly recommend the Adventure Tour.
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    New castle
    It was a good experience, she was showing all around, good sense of humour and professionalism, I recommend her service.
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    Perfect experience
    My friend and I did the LakeCruise and Nature walk at Lake Macquarie and it was terrific!! From the well equipped vessel, knowledge/ friendly guides, beatiful picnic and fantastic nature walk and great customer service, it was an unforgettable experience! The views from the lake are so unique and pretty it was all we were hoping for and more. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Lake Mac but also to any local. Thank you for a great day Coast XP! 😀
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    Fantastic experience would recommend to everyone
    A fantastic way to see beautiful Lake Macquarie. Jane and Ally were very good and provided interesting facts about the lake coastline and fauna. The cruise around the Lake was relaxing and with the coastal walk showed the group lots of beautiful spots with lots of photo opportunities. The lunch included was delicious and we had plenty of time to relax and take in the beautiful lake views. I would recommend doing the CoastXP coastal cruise and nature walk for a unique way to discover the lovely coastline and walking trails of Lake Macquarie whether you are new or a local to the area.
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ncc2145
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Dominic from CoastXP did a fantastic job taking us through the "encounter" trip. He was quite knowledgeable about the area. We saw seals, dolphins, whales and also a bit of history of Newcastle. My family enjoyed this trip and would highly recommend anybody looking for an encounter with the sea mammals. Thanks a lot Dominic.
Written 3 October 2020
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Dominicmay
Thank you so much for your kind review, I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour, especially the whales, dolphins and seals!!
Written 5 October 2020
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Annika D
Mayfield East393 contributions
Jun. 2020
This is the best whale watching experience in the area and worth the extra price. Smaller boat giving you opportunities to get to see the animals closer. Dom is such a great host and you learn so much from him. Such a great day out must do if you live in Newcastle or passing by .
Written 16 July 2020
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Dominicmay
Thank you so much Annika for your kind review, it was a pleasure hosting you aboard!
Written 27 July 2020
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Glenda H
Newcastle, Australia46 contributions
Jun. 2023
I had looked at the Coast XP boat when walking past the Newcastle marina for some years now. I finally got to experience a two hour ride last week at 9am in perfect weather with blue skies. The ride did not disappoint, not only did I get to see our beautiful city and southern beaches from the water, I was also able to see 7 whales. After seeing two lots of two whales, diving like the dolphins as they swam north, Dom, our captain headed away from the coast. We caught up to a pod of three whales who were frolicking as they swam north. Dom slowed the boat down so that we could watch them more closely and explained that they make a 5000km journey from Antartica to Far North Queensland each year in June and July. Imagine our delight when one of the pod breached, not once but four or five times. What a show off! Really capped off our morning trip woh this show stopper!
Can thoroughly recommend the whale encounter, great organisation and such fun!
Written 2 July 2023
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Dominicmay
Thanks very much for your kind review! We're pleased you could join us and what a fantastic show the whales put on for us. Look forward to seeing you on board again soon!
Written 9 July 2023
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Robyn T
Gymea, Australia20 contributions
Dom is a great tour guide and had a lot to tell about the port movements, history and local marine life. We missed seeing the whales this time but still thoroughly enjoyed it, they probably took the afternoon off because the morning tours had some spectacular breaches I could see from their photos! We still saw bottlenose dolphins and Nigel the fattest seal on the north coast! We had the best time being out on the ocean enjoying the sun and fresh air bobbing about being sped up and down the coastline over the swells. I miss living in Newcastle, this tour reminded me why!
Written 6 June 2020
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Dominicmay
I am so happy to hear you had a wonderful time! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review, and I hope to see you aboard again soon!
Written 12 June 2020
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Melissa
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
We recently had a fantastic experience with CoastXP and highly recommend them. Our guide was very knowledgeable and excellent at navigating the boat when conditions got a little bumpy.

We will definitely book another tour with CoastXP in the future.
Written 6 September 2023
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Dominicmay
Thanks so much for your kind review! It was a pleasure to host you on board with us, and we're glad to hear you enjoyed the boat ride too. Look forward to seeing you on board again soon.
Written 19 September 2023
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Chibiada
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
Jun. 2020
Amazing experience. We got the trifecta of whales (they even went UNDER our boat!!, dolphins, and Nigel the seal. Dom, our guide, gave excellent preparation details, was a knowledgeable navigator with factual and interesting information about the marine life. I would do this tour every time I go to Newy. A must do. Plus, the pictures Dom captured are phenomenal!
Written 7 June 2020
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Dominicmay
Thank you so much for your kind review! I am really pleased to hear you had a terrific time, and the whale swimming underneath the boat was a total highlight!! I hope to see you aboard again soon!
Written 12 June 2020
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Kerry P
North Lakes, Australia6 contributions
We were a group of three adults and child. The boat was perfectly designed for whale watching. Everyone could see without the need to scramble over each other. We saw whales playing , an enormous pod of dolphins and a seal having a lovely sun ale on a beautiful winters day. We certainly struck gold on this trip. Dom was a great host - very informative but not overbearing. A very enjoyable day for all of us. Would highly recommend this tour.
Written 6 June 2020
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Dominicmay
Thank you so much for your recommendation! I'm glad you enjoyed the layout of our custom-built boat, and I'm happy you had a wonderful time. I hope to see you aboard again soon!
Written 12 June 2020
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Michelle D
4 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
Fantastic experience. We saw a pod of dolphins surrounding the boat, a mother and new baby calf then a very playful male showing off. Shame some of the other customers did not listen to instructions and blocked the view of others behind them, that was the only disappointing part.
Written 10 July 2023
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Dominicmay
Thanks so much Mitchell for your kind review. It was a pleasure hosting you on board with us, and we're glad to hear you enjoyed the marine life out there. Sorry the other guests didn't listen to the instructions, as guides, sometimes we find ourselves reminding guests several times before they take notice of our instructions. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip, and look forward to having you on board again soon!
Written 11 July 2023
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Annika D
Mayfield East393 contributions
Oct. 2022
The whole trip was amazing and very informative it was very cool to past the coast of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. We were very lucky to see whales that day it took a long time but we got there . Will definitely be coming back next year.
Written 30 October 2022
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Dominicmay
Thanks so much Annika for your kind review!! We're so excited to hear you had a wonderful time and we look forward to welcoming you back on board next season too.
Written 4 November 2022
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Leanne P
2 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Couples
Exhilarating! Tracy took us out in inclement, icy weather with a solid swell. However, at no time did I feel unsafe or uncomfortable. We saw over a dozen humpback whales. Several times these magnificent creatures surfaced less than 10 ft from the boat. We felt we could touch their graceful forms as they rose and submerged. And, once they swam under our stationary vessel. Tracy managed these encounters safely and was a mine of information. There was no topping this experience. Definitely recommended! Thank you.
Written 4 July 2023
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Dominicmay
Thanks so much for your kind review, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your close encounter with the whales off the coast, and pleased that Tracey took such good care of you, she's awesome! Look forward to having you on board again in the future.
Written 9 July 2023
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