Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises Nelson Bay

Covid 19 – update:

27 Aug. Great news, we are pleased to announce that we are accepting bookings from all areas of NSW. Before booking however, please read our COVID-19 protocols for Cruises & Activities.

We would like to thank all our customers for their understanding. It is recommended, that you book ahead, to ensure you are not disappointed due to the ever changing rules governing tourism businesses in Port Stephens.

In person at our office: Dock C, d’Albora Marinas, Teramby Road, Nelson Bay. Our office will open daily between 09:00 – 14:30.

By tel : 02 49 843 843


We are all looking forward to welcoming new and returning customers, back to this beautiful part of the world.

New Cruises For This Season

Sunday Sessions – When: July – October, every 2nd Sunday starting Sunday 9th August 2020 . Enjoy a delicious “Street Food” inspired menu, using quality local and seasonal produce, prepared by our talented chefs. For further info and to book, please click here

Sunset Street Food – When: Saturday evening’s, commencing 26 September and then every Saturday night. Relax and enjoy a few cold drinks and some delicious food, while cruising around our beautiful Bay at sunset – 2.5hrs. For further info and to book, please click here

Fingal Island Historic Lighthouse Tour – When: Wednesday’s, commencing 23rd September until 7 October. Join Moonshadow-TQC Cruises departing Nelson Bay for the short crossing to beautiful Fingal Island and a guided tour of the historic Point Stephens Lighthouse. For further info and to book, please click here

Whale Watching – Please book ahead

The Whale Watching Season generally runs from mid May to late October. We currently have 3 operators offering Whale Watching Cruises –

Aquamarine Adventures – 1.5hr Whale Watch

Moonshadow-TQC Cruises – 2.5hr Whale Watch

Imagine Cruises – 3hr Whale Watch

Please note: Numbers are strictly limited, in accordance with the current Covid 19 social distancing rules.

For more info about Whales, see our Whale FAQs

Dolphin Watching – Available

Dolphin Watch cruises operate all year round.  During the Whale Watching season, Moonshadow-TQC Cruises offer a 1.5hr Dolphin Watch, although it does not operate every day.

During the Spring / Summer seasons, we are able to offer a larger choice for Dolphin Watching, as the operators stop Whale Watching in late October / early November.

Moonshadow-TQC Cruises 1.5hr Dolphin Watch

In accordance with the current Covid 19 social distancing rules, numbers are strictly limited.

For Dolphin Watching FAQ’s


In accordance with the current Covid 19 social distancing rules, numbers are strictly limited.

Sandboarding is a great physical work out. Spend some time on our magnificent dunes and you won’t have to go to the gym that day. However, if you are not physically inclined, you can choose to take some fantastic photos instead, so bring your camera. You can book online here:

QUAD BIKES – Available

The quad bikes are so much fun, but they can book out quickly. We recommend booking at least one day in advance at the weekends and during the holidays, at least two days in advance.

Don’t miss out on this experience, call us on 02 49 843 843 to secure your spot or book online here :

For more details see Quad Bike King & Sand Dune Adventures .  

SPEEDBOAT – Summer Only

Escape the crowds with Bay Speedboat Adventures – offering private trips from $150 for 30 mins. See  Bay Speedboat Adventures

JET SKIS – Currently unavailable

Nelson Bay Jet Skis are currently closed, we will update this space if/when they commence operating

BOAT HIRE – No longer available

Please Note: We are no longer running Boat Hire.  The nearest boat hire is Nelson Bay Boat Hire on the Public Wharf – Jetty 7.

Bay Booking Office – Tel 02 49 843 843

Dock C, 8 Teramby Road, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, NSW 2315