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Whale watching in Jervis Bay

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Stunning Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast is a great holiday spot, especially during whale-watching season from May to November. Simply find a spot on a headland overlooking the ocean or hop on a tour boat and don't forget to bring your camera!

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Whale Watching in Jervis Bay

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Whale numbers have risen substantially around Jervis Bay in recent years, and whether you're watching from shore or the deck of a tour boat, it's hard not to be awed by their size and their antics. And then there's the length of their actual migration, which is around 5000km on average; the longest migratory journey of any mammal on earth.

Penguin Head at Culburra and the viewing platform in Booderee National Park, located at Cape St George Lighthouse (at the end of Stoney Creek Road) are both great viewing spots in the region – and whales have also been spotted from Caves Beach in Booderee National Park, a popular camping spot. Point Perpendicular Lighthouse at the southern end of the Beecroft Peninsula in the Jervis Bay Military Reserve also offers a good vantage point.

Hyams Beach, which holds a record for the whitest sand in the world, is also worth a visit. Female whales with their calves have been known to frolic in the bay here, so you could be lucky enough to spot a whale from the beach.

Most whale watching tours have knowledgeable guides who can offer insight on whale and dolphin behaviour. In Jervis Bay, Dolphin Watch Cruises and Jervis Bay Wild run from mid-May to November, and aside from humpback, southern right, mink and Pilot whales, there's the likelihood you'll also spot seals, penguin, albatross and dolphins, which like to swim at the bow of whale watching boats.

For more information on whales please visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au

 

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