When whales migrate between May and November, the Coffs Harbour region is popular for whale watching from headlands or getting up close on boat cruises. At Woolgoolga Headland, you can spot the majestic mammals swimming and frolicking close to the coast.
Spot whales in the Coffs Harbour Area
From spectacular headlands to a beautiful marine park, the Coffs Harbour region is a great destination for watching whales as they migrate along the North Coast of NSW. For a close encounter with humpbacks, take a whale-watching cruise out into the deep blue ocean.
The Solitary Islands Marine Park is a haven for many marine creatures, including whales during their annual migration. Cruise operators include Pacific Explorer, Cougar Cat 12 Charters and Jetty Dive, which also offers snorkelling and diving tours in the marine park.
You can also walk across a marina breakwater to Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve for viewing platforms. South of Coffs Harbour, the headlands at Sawtell Beach, the Rotary and Captain Cook lookouts in Nambucca Heads, and Bongil Bongil National Park all offer excellent vantage points.
North of Coffs Harbour, is the Solitary islands coastal walk and Woolgoolga Headland, one of the best whale-watching spots on the North Coast. A short drive north from Woolgoogla is Arrawarra Headland, which has splendid views of the marine park too. For more information on whale watching around NSW, visit Wild About Whales.