- Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Newcastle , NSW
The Encounter Tour is a nature-based CoastXP immersion experience. The tour focuses closely on the annual Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) migration between the months of June and November each year.
Humpback Whale numbers have been increasing at a rate of over 10% each year, with more than 35,000 individuals passing our coast each and every year. Adult Humpback Whales can grow between 14 – 18 metres long and can weigh up to 50 tonnes, while Humpback calves are born at 2 tonnes – now that’s a big baby! Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals, and these spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year.
The Encounter Tour is much more than just a whale watching experience, in addition to watching the whales, each tour focuses on stunning Newcastle coastline with the added chance of encountering dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. At CoastXP, we pride ourselves on offering a uniquely immersive experience of Newcastle as a destination as well as getting to watch these fascinating marine mammals up close in their natural environment.
Come and witness these amazing animals up close on our adventure boat, Atmos!
Tours depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.
Our whale watching practices have been designed in line with the Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 and the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017.