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Mar 8th, 2011, 08:49 AM
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Whale watching in (late Aug) / (early Sept) Cairns to Sydney

Hi,

I know there is a lot of information on whale watching available but I happened to find a tour in Fodors north of Sydney for only $35. And it was guarantied. Problem is we may decide not to tour sydney on account we are worried the weather may be too cold and we dont want to carry a lot of extra wool for only a fraction of our trip.
Anyway, I was curious if anyone knew any cheap tours in the Cairns area to see Whales and if Cairns was even a good place to see them?


Thanks and any other advice will be great.

still very early in the planning process.
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Mar 8th, 2011, 04:17 PM
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July/September are best times out of Cairns. Heaps of close-up sightings last year from reef boats, mostly humpbacks, including the albino Migaloo. Reef Magic has run special whale sighting trips for the last couple of years in this time frame - http://www.reefmagiccruises.com/whal...-tours-cairns/
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Mar 8th, 2011, 05:31 PM
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While Cairns might not be the best whale watching site in the world it is reasonably reliable at that time of year. See my experience here http://alanswildlife.blogspot.com/20...1_archive.html

Make sure you carry a light coat for Cairns anyway if you are going out on the water and up to the Tablelands.
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Mar 10th, 2011, 12:10 AM
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Cairns act as the primary gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It is a beautiful place to visit. I stopover there last year and had awesome experience.
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