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The 2024 season has begun! Secure your spot on our exclusive sunrise photography experience!

A Fun-Filled Photography Experience at Sunrise

Sunrise Whale Photography Experience

CoastXP and Daily Salt 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.

Professional ocean photographer and Newcastle local Scott Harrison, is known for his wave and nature-based images. Scott’s lifestyle surrounds his love for the ocean, much of our happiness he believes comes directly from time spent in or near the ocean. Scott’s ocean and whale images have been viewed by millions of people landing him photography awards and having his work shared all around the world.

Limited availabilities
2.5 hours

Highlights include:

  • Unobstructed 360° views
  • Individual photography advice
  • Limited to a maximum of 12 passengers
  • Early morning sunrise experience
  • Safe and comfortable eco-tourism vessel
  • Accredited quality and sustainable tourism business


  • $170

Learn about Photography

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? Scott will be aboard to personally cover all the basics you need to understand and progress with your DSLR or mirrorless camera Photography. Scott 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 photography 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 photography experience begins in Newcastle Harbour with a briefing including the types of scenes we expect to capture throughout the morning. Scott 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 12 passengers, as this provides you with a more intimate experience, and gives you time directly to chat to Scott 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 protected from the elements during your photography experience. The morning starts early at 6:15 am, this is how we share with you our dose of Daily Salt!


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

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