Whale watching in Jervis Bay is an absolute must during your visit to this beautiful oceanic bay on Australia’s east coast!
There is no better way to get up close and personally with these humble giants than hopping onboard a 2-hour Jervis Bay whale watching cruise which will take you outside the bay to spot humpback whales showing off their acrobatic skills during their annual migration.
In this post, I have put together a complete guide of whale watching in Jervis Bay including where to book, when the Jervis Bay whale watching season is and what to expect on the tour.
Also, at the bottom of this whale watching in Jervis Bay guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay in Jervis Bay, the best time to visit Jervis Bay and other points of interest on Australia’s east coast.
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WHERE TO BOOK WHALE WATCHING IN JERVIS BAY
There are several Jervis Bay whale watching tour operators to choose from, though it can be tricky trying to decide which one is the best.
I personally went whale watching in Jervis Bay with a tour operator called Jervis Bay Wild and can’t recommend them enough as they are the most reputable and affordable.
Not only does Jervis Bay Wild offer whale watching in Jervis Bay but they also have many other cruises available such as the Dolphin Tour, Jervis Bay Passage, Sunset River Cruise and more!
Jervis Bay whale watching tours operate out of Huskisson which is the main town and port in Jervis Bay.
WHALE WATCHING JERVIS BAY PRICES:
- Adult: $65 AUD
- Child: $28 AUD
- Concession: $60 AUD
- Family 2 Adults, 2 Children: $165 AUD
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Alternatively, you can purchase your tickets from the Jervis Bay Wild office which is located at 58 Owen Street in Huskisson. It’s best to organise tickets the day before you plan to go whale watching in Jervis Bay as there are limited seats available on each tour.
Jervis Bay Wild office in Huskisson
Jump-on point at Portside Jervis Bay
Whale Watching in Jervis Bay
JERVIS BAY WHALE WATCHING SEASON
The Jervis Bay whale watching season starts in April and ends in November.
Every year, these humble giants migrate from Antarctica traveling north along Australia’s east coast at the beginning of winter and then travel back towards the southern ocean at the beginning of spring.
During this time is the best opportunity to see the annual migration and acrobatic displays from these majestic humpback whales as they cruise past the coastlines of NSW and Queensland.
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Jervis Bay whale watching
JERVIS BAY WHALE WATCHING – WHAT TO EXPECT
Whale watching in Jervis Bay is truly an incredible experience and I guarantee you will not regret jumping on board this 2-hour boat cruise.
The tour starts in Huskisson where you will board the whale watching tour boat at Portside Cafe and from here it’s a 45-minute cruise through the bay before you reach the open ocean.
As the boat cruises out to sea through the bay, you’ll have spectacular views of some of the best beaches in Jervis Bay such as Hyams Beach, Nelsons Beach and Murrays Beach, to name a few. The boat will then cruise past Bowen Island before reaching deeper waters and to where humpback whales can be spotted.
The duration of the Jervis Bay whale watching tour is 2 hours which allows plenty of time on the water to be on the lookout for the playful humpback whales. Be sure to bring your camera to capture all the magic!
Apart from spotting whales on the Jervis Bay Whale Watching Tour, you’ll also get a close encounter with pods of dolphins that play in the bay all year round!
OTHER FEATURES ON THE TOUR:
- History commentary on Jervis Bay
- History on migrating humpback whales
- See 100-metre towering cliffs
- The whitest sand in the world, and the crystal blue water of the Docks
- Visit a natural lagoon called Honeymoon Bay
Dolphins in Jervis Bay
On the lookout for humpback whales
Whale watching in Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay Whale Watching
A friendly humpback whale in Jervis Bay
ACCOMMODATION IN JERVIS BAY
Looking for accommodation in Jervis Bay? There are countless accommodation options to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Jervis Bay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See below for a list of Jervis Bay accommodation that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: WORROWING JERVIS BAY
MID RANGE: HUSKISSON BAYSIDE RESORT
BUDGET: JUST 4 YOU
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BEST TIME TO VISIT JERVIS BAY
Jervis Bay sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.
If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn, Winter, Spring) which is less busy and most ideal for beach bumming, coastal walks and water sports.
Summer in Jervis Bay Australia is between December and February which sees hotter temperatures, some rainfall and more tourists. All that aside, it’s still a great time to visit Jervis Bay during this time.
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MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES
The coastline and hinterland areas along the east coast of Australia boast countless beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR JERVIS BAY
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF WHALE WATCHING JERVIS BAY
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