Encounter Tour

Encounter Tour
  • Duration: 2 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Newcastle , NSW

The Encounter Tour is a premier whale watching experience aboard our custom-built adventure boat. The tour focuses closely on the annual Humpback Whale (Megaptera Novaeangliae) migration along the stunning Newcastle coastline each year between the months of June and November.

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 approximately 2 tonnes – now that’s a big baby!

The reason we love humpback whales so much is that they are one of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. In particular, watching whales in Newcastle is spectacular as we get to witness part of their exceptionally long journey from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator in order to have their calves.

The Encounter Tour is often regarded as one of the best things to do in Newcastle; but it is much more than just a whale watching cruise, in addition to watching the whales, the tour focuses on the stunning Newcastle coastline with the added chance of encountering dolphins and long-nosed 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.

Highlights include:

  • Unobstructed 360° views
  • Premier Newcastle whale watching cruise
  • Local knowledge of the coastline
  • Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
  • Premium weatherproof jackets provided
  • Complimentary high-quality digital images of your trip (perfect for sharing with friends and family)

Duration: 2 Hours


  • Adult – $99

  • Child – $75 (3 – 12 yrs)

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.