Thursday 10 July 2014

New Whale-Watching Deal Lures Holidaymakers to Port Stephens

unnamed (21)It’s been a bumper whale-watching season already at Port Stephens, 2½ hours north of Sydney, with thousands of humpbacks seen close to the coast and to help more animal lovers witness the spectacle, Oaks Hotels and Resorts has released a special whale-watching package for its property in Nelson Bay.

The deal at Oaks Lure near the Nelson Bay marina in Port Stephens offers a spacious, split-level, one-bedroom apartment from $242 per night (minimum two night stay), including two whale-watching tickets with Moonshadow Cruises based at the nearby marina, a short walk from Oaks Lure. The deal is valid until September 19, 2014, and is subject to availability. Conditions apply.

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As one of Australia’s premier whale-watching venues, Port Stephens draws large numbers of whale-seeking visitors each winter, with local cruise operators meeting the growing demand and each scoring close to a 100 per cent sighting rate on every departure during the area’s extended whale-watching season from May to November.

Destination Port Stephens Chairman, Michael Aylmer, said more than 50,000 visitors travel to Port Stephens each year to spot the magnificent humpbacks, injecting $10 million into the local economy. Around 17,000 whales are expected to be seen off Port Stephens this year as they migrate for the winter along the ‘Humpback Highway’.

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