Where to see dolphins in the wild
Love dolphins but don’t want to fuel the demand for animal cruelty at Sea World. Then there are many places in Australia to see dolphins in the wild where they belong.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the locations where you can see dolphins in the wild; exhibiting their natural behaviours, rather than unnatural circus tricks they’ve been forced to learn. Where they are free to come and go as they please. And free to engage with humans on their own terms.
- Nelson Bay, NSW
- North Bondi, NSW (even Bondi in general, early morning)
- Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, NSW
- Noosa, QLD (at sunset, they’re nearly always there and, even better, if you go kayaking at sunset, you can kayak with dolphins!)
- Airlie Beach, QLD and throughout the Whitsundays
- Cruises from Cairns, QLD
- Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay, QLD (remember: where there are whales, there are dolphins!)
- Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, SA
Sea World likes to create the impression that its dolphins have been rescued and rehabilitated. But most of them were bred into a lifetime of captivity to provide entertainment.
Dolphins can live for over 50 years – which amounts to a life sentence in a small, chlorinated pool.
It’s cruel and it has to end. There's no excuse. It's abuse.
We want Sea World’s 30+ dolphins to be the last generation of dolphins held captive for tourism in Australia. Only a ban on captive breeding will help bring this about.
To Australians keen to see dolphins our advice is simple, see them in the wild – where they belong.