The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Whale watching in Coffs Harbour
Coffs Coast is well-known for its fishing, diving and whale watching. From May to November, hop on a cruise to see these magnificent mammals up close, or head to one of coastal headlands which also offer good viewing points.
Whale Watching in Coffs Harbour
The beautiful Coffs Coast is a whale-watching paradise, as is the area between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. You'll find numerous opportunities to spot these awesome behemoths during May to July and September to November.
Humpbacks and southern right whales are commonly seen from Crescent Head near Kempsey, and Smoky Cape and The Gap in Hat Head National Park and there are great coastal walks around these areas, too. The Rotary Lookout and Captain Cook Lookout in Nambucca Heads serve up superb views eastwards and over the mouth of the Nambucca River. In nearby Bongil Bongil National Park, Sawtell Headland is famous for frequent sightings.
In the Coffs Coast Regional Park, Woolgoolga Headland's 250-degree views offer arguably one of the best whale-watching spots on the north coast. And don't forget the viewing platform at the eastern end of Muttonbird Island at Coffs Harbour, which overlooks the Solitary Islands National Park.
Whale watching tours abound all along the mid-north coast. For smaller tours, Crowdy Bay Charters operate take small tours of seven passengers or less from the Crowdy Bay Boat Harbour during the season. Whale Watch Experience cruises depart from the marina at Coffs Harbour from June to November.