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WHERE TO GO WHALE WATCHING

Where to Go Whale And Dolphin Watching In Australia.

Spend any time at the beach in Australia between May and November and there's a strong chance you'll see a whale or two travelling up and down the east and west coasts as they leave Antarctica to mate in warmer waters, before returning south once again. Whale numbers are on the increase; sightings are more and more common as the world's biggest mammals go about their daily business. From land they're spectacular, but have you ever considered getting a little closer to truly marvel at these magnificent creatures?

In terms of where to go whale watching, there are whale-watching operations all over Australia, and their success rates for finding and observing whales are nigh-on perfect nowadays. Humpback and southern right whales are the species most commonly spotted in Australian waters, but blue whales and orcas can be seen too. For those keen of sight, keep an eye out for Australia's most well-known whale, Migaloo, the famous albino humpback. Sydney, Brisbane and Perth are the major cities offering whale- watching cruises, while Queensland's Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Mission Beach all have charters that can put you in the spot. The South Australian Whale Centre is a fantastic place to learn more about these fascinating animals, and with the Great Australian Bight teeming with southern right whales there are plenty of operations in the area that would love nothing more than to get you close enough to observe them in the wild.

In Western Australia the south coast has converted its old whaling station into an interactive museum, a great place to brush up on your knowledge before taking to the Southern Ocean on one of the many charter boats operating from Albany to Augusta and around to Cape Naturaliste. If you're feeling bold you might want to venture further north to Ningaloo Reef in Exmouth, where you can swim and snorkel with whale sharks, by far the largest fish in the world. And don't worry, even though they're technically sharks they're definitely safe to hang out with!

Besides the whales and whale sharks Australian waters are also abundant with dolphins, and as well as the charter operations around the country that can get you close to them, there are plenty of even more interactive ways to enjoy their company. Moreton Island in Queensland, and Monkey Mia and Rockingham in Western Australia are but a few of the places where you can feed wild dolphins, while at Nelson Bay in New South Wales you can get in the water and swim with the pod at daybreak - a once in a lifetime experience you'll never forget!

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