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Whales Tales returns to Port Stephens this winter

In celebration of World Oceans Day, the community is invited to join our free headland whale watching talks this winter to learn about humpback whales and where to spot them in Port Stephens.


Whale Tales is a series of free talks at Boat Harbour and Fingal Bay presented by local marine conservationist Jeannie Lawson, supported by Port Stephens Council.

“I have been professionally whale watching for 35 years. In the early days there were an estimated 1500 humpback whales passing our east coast. This year we are expecting around 35,000!” Ms Lawson said.

“It has been an absolute privilege to witness the return of a species from the very brink of extinction.

“It is also so heartening to see the rise in marine conservation awareness over the years and how the whales have been instrumental in bringing the community together to help foster this.

“We still have a long way to go to saving our marine species, but at least now everyone knows there is an issue,” she said.

Council’s Environmental Education Officer Jessica Morris says it’s a perfect family-friendly activity.

“Our Whale Tales talks are an opportunity to learn about these majestic creatures as you watch them venture north to warmer waters,” Ms Morris said.

“Everyone is welcome to come along to a talk — bring your own warm drink or snack and enjoy the incredible coastline as you soak in some amazing whale facts!”

Event details:

Whale Tales talks will be held at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm each day:

  • Saturday 26 June — Boat Harbour, Kinglsey Drive — from the amenities block near Boat Harbour beach, follow the whale signs to ‘The Cairn’.

  • Saturday 3 July — Barry Park, Fingal Bay

Come along on the day, no need to RSVP. Whale Tales may be postponed in wet weather. Please head to or for updates or phone Jessica Morris on 4988 0255 for more information.


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