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Whale Watching Tours departing from Ettalong Wharf

The Whales are waiting for you

Book your Whale Watching with Ettalong Diggers Visitor Information Centre (02) 4343 0140
Winter has never given you a better reason to get rugged up and out of the house than for the highly anticipated annual whale migration.

Fantasea Cruising offers our Central Coast and Northern Beaches guests, an unforgettable opportunity for a scenic, educational and up-close encounter with our favourite charismatic creatures of the sea, the ‘humpback’ whale.

This guided adventure is hosted by our very own Marine Naturalist Lisa. Alongside our highly skilled whale watching crew, Lisa will share her love and extensive knowledge of all thing’s whales, wildlife and some Northern Beaches history too.

Our well known catamarans 8 Seasons and Escapade provide for a thrilling whale watching experience. Both boasting plentiful seating and spacious observation areas, in no time at all you are sure to be as in awe of these graceful, gentle giants as we are.

With cruises departing from Palm Beach and Ettalong most weekends of both the Northern and Southern Migrations, now is the perfect time to book your whale watching cruise. So get on board, the whales are waiting for you.


Northern Migration

Between the months of May and August our majestic mammal friends are in search of warmer waters, embarking on a massive journey from Antarctica.

The first to begin this migration are the females weaning their calves, closely followed by the sub-adult males and females. The peak of the migration sees the mature whales leave Antarctica. The ‘boys’ tend to lead as they travel either alone or in groups. These playful creatures are doing their best to attract a female! Lobtailing, chin slaps and breaching are thought to be a way of proving their dominance, second only to the mystical whale song. Finally, the new mums to be head toward warmer waters to give birth and feed their newborns. These whales often cross paths with the newly pregnant whales heading south!

Cruise Dates

  • July 6th, 7th,
  • July 13th, 14th,
  • July 20th, 21st, 
  • July 29th & 30th 


Southern Migration

Spring has sprung and it is now time for these gentle giants of the sea to head back to Antarctica. Having eaten very little or not at all since their journey began, our memorizing mammal friends have now used their body fat reserves and they are hungry!

Newly pregnant females now take the lead as they need to feed as soon as possible! (you really shouldn’t deny a pregnant lady food now, should you!). The young adolescent whales soon join the journey followed by the mature adult whales. The last to leave are the new mums with their babies.

Young adolescent whales are very active and use lots of energy socializing and playing. We may get to see them chasing each other at high speed, tail sapping, fin slapping, tail fluke slapping, spy-hopping and breaching. This is also time for mum to teach her baby how to be a whale!

  • Adult A$85
  • Child (4-15) A$55
  • Concession A$75
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) A$215

Cruise Dates

Cruises Depart 08:45am from Palm Beach Wharf and 09:15am from *Ettalong Wharf.

*Please note: Our whale watching cruises return to Palm Beach wharf. Guests who embarked the journey at Ettalong wharf can utilise our scheduled ferry service at no additional cost to return to the Central Coast.

  • Saturday 28 September 2019
  • Sunday 29 September 2019
  • Saturday 5 October 2019
  • Sunday 6 October 2019
  • Saturday 12 October 2019
  • Sunday 13 October 2019


You can purchase ticket with Ettalong Diggers Visitor information Centre between the following times 

Monday 10.00-14.00

Tuesday 8.30 - 15.00

Wednesday 8.30 - 17.00

Ettalong Wharf, Ettalong Beach NSW, Australia
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Opening Times:

Tour from Ettalong Commences at 9.15am

Concludes at 12 noon at Palm Beach wharf

you can return on any  normal service ferry back to Ettalong - this is included in your ticket price

Last date: 13 Oct 2019
see phone number 02 4343 0140
Organised by: Ettalong Diggers Visitor Information Centre See host information
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