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Newcastle Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

Newcastle Whale Watching Cruise

1. Newcastle Whale Watching Cruise

Join Newcastle’s longest running and most experienced operator aboard Bay Connections and witness the migration of over 45,000 humpback whales from the safety and comfort of our fully air conditioned catamaran. With indoor and outdoor viewing areas, informative commentary and free fact sheets available, you can be sure that all ages are catered for. Includes a bonus Harbour and outer beach tour, complimentary morning or afternoon tea and *free return standby cruse if no whales are sighted. Snack food and beverages can be purchased from our licensed bar.

Newcastle: Small Group Humpback Whale Encounter Tour

2. Newcastle: Small Group Humpback Whale Encounter Tour

Humpback Whales are some of the most inquisitive and interactive species out of all marine mammals. These spectacular whales make exceptionally long journeys from the Antarctic to the warm safe waters south of the equator each year. This tour provides you with the best experience possible. Come and witness these amazing animals up close on a brand-new adventure boat. Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.

Newcastle: Harbour and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

3. Newcastle: Harbour and Coast 2.5-Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the breathtaking coastal scenery of Newcastle on a 2.5-hour eco cruise. See pods of dolphins, seabirds, turtles and more. Enjoy 360-degree views as you cruise in a custom-built rigid inflatable. Be captivated by the marine life and beautiful landscape of coal seams, volcanic rocks, and sedimentary cliffs, including important Aboriginal sites. Travel down the Hunter Coast, passing Caves Beach and Catherine Hill Bay. See unique views of Newcastle Harbor, World War Two coastal forts, and world-renowned surfing beaches. Pass ANZAC Memorial Walk, the Bogey Hole, Glenrock Lagoon, Redhead Shark Watchtower and hidden gems Moon Island, Pinney's Headland and Shark Bay. 

Newcastle: Half-Day Bike Tour with Food and Drink Tastings

4. Newcastle: Half-Day Bike Tour with Food and Drink Tastings

The name says it all, this select half day tour you will discover the best Newy has to offer. Guests take in the major sights of Nobbys Beach and surrounds, continuing along the harbour to discover Newcastle's street-art scene before heading to the suburbs. This is a premium tour inclusive of food and beverage tasting throughout. Next the group 'goes local', peeling back a layer of Newcastle's history, sampling some of the cities finest produce. At each stop riders will learn about how it makes up the essence of Newcastle, contributing to the fabric of this great coastal city. Riders can expect: - An intro to Newcastle visiting Nobbys Beach and Macquarie Pier - Ride the the harbourside foreshore on 100% bike paths - See the changing face of Newcastle at Museum Park, where old meets new architecture complete with public street art - Ride into the suburbs to visit a local distillery / brewery and sampling their products - Discover a side of Newcastle's industrial history in the suburbs - Enjoy a hearty lunch in one of Newcastle's best kept secret foodie institutions Some things may change from time-to-time pending weather conditions, venue operations and ad hoc events not to be missed.

45 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight Hunter Valley

5. 45 Minute Helicopter Scenic Flight Hunter Valley

See the stunning Wine Country and spectacular coastline of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. We will start with great views of the Wine Country with its myriad of Vines, Olive Groves, Wineries and Broken Back Range, then we will head for the waves, where we will see beautiful Lake Macquarie along with the spectacular Newcastle coastline and Newcastle City.. A beautiful flight showcasing, Country, Coast and City.

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What people are saying about Newcastle Harbour

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Directions do say to dress warm however it was a warm day and so directions might be best to stress that out on the water at speed it can get pretty cold - I had a thin layer but needed a thick jacket, gloves and beanie would have been nice. The roof blocks the sun being a mid-morning outing and on the ride back my teeth were chattering I was that cold. A shame too as it was beautiful being out on the water and would have enjoyed it if I had layers to keep warm. Saw many dolphins including a large pod of 10 or more. Otherwise was nice hearing a bit of the history of the coastline. We're told a sunken ship can be seen when the water isn't so dirty from recent rain - which would make the experience cooler. Normally come across 'normal' dolphins as well apparently which are more playful and so come closer to the boat. I'd say we had an average experience but on a good day can imagine this could be magical for some.

was abit windy and bumby but it was my call to go not many wahlkes out to sea and they were traveeling fast i pefeered close in where there were small whakes occassinally

Cruise experience was very good. Only disappointment was we were unable to spot any Dophins

We throughly enjoyed our cruise. With a beautiful coastline and very informative skipper.