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Dolphins Order Delphinidae, Platanistidae
With some 33 different species of dolphins around the world, dolphins have always been popular with adults and children alike. There was even a famous dolphin as the star of a TV series, with dolphins also featuring in a number of animation.

Captive dolphins in Australia are less common these days, with visitors preferring to see them in the wild. Dolphins can still be seen in captivity, such as the successful breeding program in the Dolphin Nursery Pool at Sea World in Queensland.

Dolphins can sometimes be seen enjoying the bow waves of boats and ferries such as Sydney Harbour (travelling between Sydney and Manly), Bass Strait (travelling between Melbourne and Devonport), and the Backstairs Passage (travelling between Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island).


Some whale watching tours may also offer the opportunity to catch sight of dolphins, whilst there are also dedicated dolphin sight-seeing tours such as found in Hervey Bay, Queensland. The most well known close encounter with dolphins are those found at Monkey Mia in Western Australia.

We will be bringing for you here more information about dolphins. We always welcome contributions and images. If you have seen dolphins any where in Australia, email us  details, including the date, the species, the number of dolphins and the exact location.

Dolphins in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania.
Dolphins following the Strahan boat charter in Macquarie Harbour

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Odontoceti
Family: Delphinidae
Genus: See Wiki Delphinidae for info

Dolphin Tours

Check out some of the dolphin tours. Don't forget to also check out our list of whale tours. If you offer Australian based tours and are not listed, just drop us an email with your details including address, telephone, email, and web address. Whale and dolphin tours are also listed on specific destination pages such as Hervey Bay

New South Wales - Tours

Dolphin Explorer Cruises
62 Owen St, HUSKISSON NSW 2540
Ph: 02 4441 5455 Freecall: 1800 444 330 Fax: 02 4441 5323 Email
A variety of whale and dolphin watch cruises to select from.

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Queensland - Tours

Blue Dolphin Marine Tours
4 Alpsea Ave, URANGAN, HERVEY BAY QLD 4655
Ph: 07 4124 9600 Mobile: 0412 749 600 Email
One of the smallest vessels operating in the Hervey Bay region, providing tours to view dolphins and whales.
Hervey Bay Dolphin Watch
PO Box 620, HERVEY BAY QLD 4655
Ph/Fax: 07 4125 6222 Freecall: 1800 689 610 (within Australia) Email
Part of Whalesong Cruises with some great images on dolphins and whales.
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