Keen to spot whales breaching, fin-slapping and putting on other acrobatic displays during their annual migration? The Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast is a good spot. If you're lucky, maybe you'll spy legendary white humpback Migaloo, first sighted in 1991 on NSW's east coast, and seen almost every year since.
To watch from shore, you can't beat the views at the Cape St George Lighthouse site in the Jervis Bay National Park, or on the cliffs at Point Perpendicular Lighthouse at the southern end of the Beecroft Peninsula. Females and their calves have also been spotted off Caves Beach in Booderee National Park and Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay in recent years, too.
Culburra's Penguin Head Lookout, with its views to Shoalhaven Heads, is also worth a visit â and whales have also been sighted from the Ben Boyd Lookout on the edge of Morton National Park, and the Ulladulla Lighthouse in Warden Head Reserve. The MacDonald State Forest, with its views to Lake Conjola and a string of beaches to the south, is also a good spot to try.
To see whales up close, hop on a boat. In Jervis Bay, Dolphin Watch Cruises run tours on a catamaran with five viewing decks. And tours out of Huskisson with Jervis Bay Whales come with a guarantee: if you don't see whales, you'll get a free return trip. Further south, the M.V. Jean Marie in Batemans Bay and Ulladulla Fishing Charters in Ulladulla also run whale-watching tours for small groups.
For more information on whales please visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au