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Encounter Tour

Encounter Tour

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. (Jun - Nov).

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. 


  • Premier whale watching experience
  • Highlights of Newcastle and the Hunter Coast
  • Unobstructed 360° views
  • Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
  • Premium weatherproof jackets provided
  • Complimentary high-quality digital images of your trip

  • 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.

    • Duration : 2 Hours (approx.)

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    Sunrise Whale Photography Experience

    Sunrise Whale Photography Experience

    CoastXP and Daily Salt proudly bring you a unique opportunity to join our ‘Sunrise Whale Photography Experience’.

    CoastXP and Daily Salt proudly bring you a unique opportunity to join our ‘Sunrise Whale Photography Experience’. The Hunter Coast as a destination is renowned for its amazing coastline, beaches, cafes, restaurants and creative culture. Amateur and professional photographers alike love photographing the spectacular coastline of Newcastle, local surfers as well as the harbour itself.

    Professional ocean photographer and Newcastle local Scott Harrison, is known for his wave and nature-based images. Scott’s lifestyle surrounds his love for the ocean, much of our happiness he believes comes directly from time spent in or near the ocean. Scott’s ocean and whale images have been viewed by millions of people landing him photography awards and having his work shared all around the world.

    The Sunrise Whale Photography Experience has been specifically designed for both amateur and professional photographers.

    Already know the difference between your DOF and your ISO? No problem, enjoy being aboard CoastXP’s custom-built boat, with limited passengers at the absolute best time of day to be taking photos.

    Want to take your photography to the next level? Scott will be aboard to personally cover all the basics you need to understand and progress with your DSLR Photography. Scott will cover all the elements of aperture and shutter speed so you can take control of photographing any subject, as well as the essential rules of photo composition that will transform your images from simple snapshots to photographs that you will be proud to display.

    This experience is much more than just whale watching, although that’s included too. While aboard, we will take into account the key destination landmarks that make Newcastle such a unique destination. Our experience begins in Newcastle harbour with a briefing including the types of scenes we expect to capture throughout the morning. Scott will provide professional tips and tricks in order to get the best images on the day, regardless of your photography ability. We limit our photography experience to 10 passengers, as this provides you with a more intimate experience, and gives you time directly to chat to Scott about your personal photography goals.

    CoastXP’s vessel ‘Atmos’ is a custom-built rigid inflatable.  Atmos provides the perfect platform to get the best shot. With unobstructed 360° views, there is nothing between you and the whales. CoastXP will provide jackets on board so that you stay warm during your experience. The morning starts early at 6:15 am, this is how we share with you our dose of Daily Salt!

    Depart: 6:15 am

    Duration: 2.5 Hours

    Price: $160 Per Person

    Note: Passengers must bring their own camera equipment (This experience will be most beneficial if you own a DSLR Camera).

    Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore. 

    • Duration : 150 Minutes (approx.)

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    Caves Coastal Hike

    Caves Coastal Hike

    Discover the rich biodiversity and rugged coastline of Lake Macquarie on our Caves Coastal Hike. Begin at Caves Beach before heading off on a relaxed guided coastal leisure hike through the Wallarah National Park.

    Discover the rich biodiversity and rugged coastline of Lake Macquarie on our Caves Coastal Hike. Begin at Caves Beach before heading off on a relaxed guided coastal leisure hike through the Wallarah National Park. The hike focuses on Aboriginal Heritage, local geology, coastal history as well as the flora and fauna native to the park. 

    The peninsula boasts a plethora of natural and man-made points of interest including sea caves, native wildlife and a rugged coastline. The 2.5-hour, 8.5km guided hike traverses through a spotted gum woodland, in addition to sand and rocky tracks. Experience the stunning coastal scenery of Lake Macquarie by foot, as your guide takes you through some of the most iconic and picturesque areas of the National Park. 

    At CoastXP, we emphasise throughout these hikes the importance of respecting and conserving our local coastal environment, in order to enjoy this area for years to come. In addition to the guided tour, the hike also includes all entry fees into the Wallarah National Park and a complimentary beverage at Caves Coastal Bar and Bungalows following the hike. 

    Highlights include:

    • Guided ecotourism experience
    • Wallarah National Park
    • Local knowledge of the coastline
    • Commentary surrounding local Aboriginal heritage and native wildlife 
    • Complimentary high-quality digital images of your hike (perfect for sharing with friends and family)

    Experience the rugged beauty of the Wallarah National Park Peninsula!

    Hikes depart from Caves Beach Lookout, above to the Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club. 

    Notes: 

    • Minimum age is eight years old.
    • Guided coastal bushwalking is a physical activity that involves a moderate level of exertion and uneven terrain.


    • Duration : 150 Minutes (approx.)

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    Ride and Fly

    Ride and Fly

    Aerologistics and CoastXP are offering a ‘Ride and Fly’ tour.

    Aerologistics and CoastXP are offering a ‘Ride and Fly’ tour. 

    With an unparalleled sightseeing helicopter ride combined with CoastXP’s adventure boat experience; catch the breathtaking views of the Newcastle coastline from the air and the water.


    Ride - CoastXP 2 hour Encounter Tour or Adventure Tour

    Join CoastXP to experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, with pods of resident dolphins, seabirds, turtles and in season whales (Jun - Nov). Feel the excitement as you get close to the sights along the Hunter Coastline aboard CoastXP’s custom-built boat, Atmos. 


    Fly - Aerologistics 10 minute Helicopter scenic flight

    Experience stunning aerial panoramic views of the Newcastle coastline from hundreds of feet above the ground. See just how stunning Newcastle is with its beaches, National Park, and rugged coastline being the highlights as we cruise down the coast on the helicopter scenic.


    NOTE: 

    • This package requires a minimum of two people to go ahead. CoastXP and Aerologistics Newcastle will confirm travel dates with you directly after booking is made. 

    • Duration : 3 Hours (approx.)

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