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Sunrise Whale Photography Experience

CoastXP and André Joanisse of Leave only Footprints Photography proudly bring you a unique opportunity to join our ‘Sunrise Whale Photography Experience’. The Hunter Coast as a destination is renowned for its amazing coastline, beaches, cafes, restaurants and creative culture. Amateur and professional photographers alike love photographing the spectacular coastline of Newcastle, local surfers as well as the harbour itself.

André has travelled the world photographing humpback whales above and below the water in Australia, Tonga and Canada. The whale migration along the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie coastline is one of André’s favourite times of the year. He loves spending time around the ocean photographing these gentle giants and sharing his passion with others.

The Sunrise Whale Photography Experience has been specifically designed for both amateur and professional photographers.

  • Already know the difference between your DOF and your ISO? No problem, enjoy being aboard CoastXP’s custom-built boat, with limited passengers at the absolute best time of day to be taking photos.
  • Want to take your photography to the next level? André will be aboard to personally cover all the basics you need to understand and progress with your DSLR Photography. André will cover all the elements of aperture and shutter speed so you can take control of photographing any subject, as well as the essential rules of photo composition that will transform your images from simple snapshots to photographs that you will be proud to display.

This experience is much more than just whale watching, although that’s included too. While aboard, we will take into account the key destination landmarks that make Newcastle such a unique destination. Our experience begins in Newcastle harbour with a briefing including the types of scenes we expect to capture throughout the morning. André will provide professional tips and tricks in order to get the best images on the day, regardless of your photography ability. We limit our photography experience to 10 passengers, as this provides you with a more intimate experience, and gives you time directly to chat to André about your personal photography goals.

CoastXP’s vessel ‘Atmos’ is a custom-built rigid inflatable.  Atmos provides the perfect platform to get the best shot. With unobstructed 360° views, there is nothing between you and the whales. CoastXP will provide jackets on board so that you stay warm during your experience.


  • 6:15 am


  • 2.5 Hours


  • $160 Per Person


  • Passengers must bring their own camera equipment (This experience will be most beneficial if you own a DSLR Camera).

Tours Depart from Harbour Square Boat Dock, along the Honeysuckle Foreshore.

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