Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins: Visitor guide

If you visit Nelson Bay north of Newcastle at any time of the year, you will most likely be treated to a privileged view inside the world of the bottlenose dolphin. This guide introduces the unique dolphins of Port Stephens; where to see them; and what you can do to help care for these beautiful native animals.

1 April 2011
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Guide
  • ISBN 978-1-74293-237-8
  • ID OEH20110285
  • File PDF 1MB
  • Pages 9
  • Name port-stephens-bottlenose-dolphins-visitor-guide-110285.pdf

Around 90 to120 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins live permanently in the waters of Port Stephens within the Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park, making it one of the most popular places in the world for dolphin watching.

The dolphins are a much loved resident of this beautiful area with visitors coming from all over the world eager to catch a glimpse of the dolphins playfully going about their day to day lives!

The rocky coastal headlands and long white beaches of Port Stephens provide an ideal vantage point for watching dolphins from the shore, or you could join one of the popular dolphin watch cruises that are on offer daily.

Port Stephens is part of the traditional country of the Worimi Aboriginal people, who have lived in the area for thousands of years, and have a special connection with the landscape, plants and animals.

Worimi people are spiritually connected to dolphins, or guparr, as they are called in the Gathang language. Traditionally elders would speak with dolphins about food resources and looking after each other. Some elders still speak with dolphins today.