Whale watching in Coffs Harbour

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Vantage Points

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.

  • Humpback Whale, Coffs Harbour
  • Whale watching Coffs Coast, Photo South Solitary Island

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.

Whale Watching NSW

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

  1. Arrawarra Headland

    Arrawarra Headland

    A landscape photographer's dream, Arrawarra Headland and offers incredible views over Solitary Islands Marine Park. Swimmers and surfers will also love this beach, and it's renowned for its fantastic point break so if...

  2. Cougar Cat 12 Charters

    Cougar Cat 12 Charters

    Cougar Cat 12 fishing charters offers visitors to Coffs Harbour a unique fishing or whale watching experience. Cougar is a 12 metre long, wide bodied luxury catamaran, purpose built for fishing and...

  3. Dammerels history walk

    Dammerels history walk

    When the Dammerel family took the job as full-time operators of the signal station here in 1884, they could not have known what lay ahead over the next 40 years. Apart from extremely hard work, which the daughters...

  4. Eastern Side lookout

    Eastern Side lookout

    The Eastern Side lookout is located a short walk from the Muttonbird Island outdoor learning space along a paved walkway. As you're walking along the track to the lookout, on either side of the path you'll notice open...

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