When whale watching in Tasmania, you’ll comes across plenty of incredible views and scenic tours.
Visitors can hope to spot migrating whales between May and July on their way to warmer waters, as well as September and November on their return to the South. And, with so many wonderful whale watching options, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding how to plan your adventure.
Frederick Henry Bay
For some Tasmanians, the proximity to migrating whales hasn’t always been a blessing. The residents of Hobart’s suburb of Taroona used to complain about being kept awake by the sound of whales at night. However, for those wanting to catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures, it means there are plenty of opportunities to do so.
If you’re hoping to go whale spotting from the safety of land, Frederick Henry Bay is the perfect place to start. Known for its Seven Mile Beach, taking a short walk to Acton Park will offer unobstructed views of the water below. Southern Right and Humpback whales often pass through the region while heading North, and may even stop to give birth in the calmer water. And, from your lookout above the bay, you’ll have front-row seats.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Sharing the secrets of Tasmania’s wildlife since 1999, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is perhaps the biggest ocean tour operator in Tasmania. They offer a range of experiences, but to really increase your chances of spotting a whale, you can join their Tasman Island cruise. A three-hour journey, you’ll travel along the stunning coastline between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. This strip of open ocean provides the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife including seals and birds. But more importantly, you can get up close and personal with migrating whales. Their custom boat is built for viewing and is even gentle on the environment due to their fuel efficiency and low emissions.
Bruny Island Cruises
Located on Bruny Island and only a short drive from Hobart, Adventure Bay is another great location for whale watching. As well as being a popular tourist destination with plenty of amazing accommodation and dining options for the whole family, the scenic beach is a favorite rest stop for the whales.
Bruny Island Cruises are an award-winning three-hour cruise departing from Adventure Bay, with boats big enough to hold over 40 guests. Covered open-aired seating means you’ll remain warm and dry while taking in incredible views of the landscape, and the whales as well. Tours depart daily, so everyone has a chance to undertake this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Wild Ocean Tasmania
Wild Ocean Tasmania is a small, couple-owned business. Their two-hour scenic tour departs daily from Eaglehawk Neck, providing guests with stunning views as they journey down the Tasman Peninsula. You’ll come face to face with many amazing animals, and the tour guides are more than happy to divert from the path in order to get you even closer for greater whale watching experiences. Plus, part of the profit from these tours goes directly to helping raise and rehabilitate native wildlife, meaning everyone benefits.