Between May and November Jervis Bay is one of the best places in Australia to witness the migration of whales. Find an easy vantage point on the headland, overlooking the turquoise ocean, or hop on a tour boat to experience the beauty of these wonderful creatures up close. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Whale Watching in Jervis Bay
Whale numbers have risen substantially along the NSW South Coast and around Jervis Bay in recent years. Whether you're watching from shore or the deck of a tour boat, it's hard not to be awed by the size and beauty of these wonderful creatures.
With an epic migration route that averages around 5,000 km, one of the longest migratory journeys of any mammal on earth, the ocean beaches and coves of Jervis Bay remain one of the best places to witness this extraordinary event.
Penguin Head at Culburra and the viewing platform in Booderee National Park, located at Cape St George Lighthouse, are both great viewing locations in which to base yourself. 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 near the Jervis Bay Military Reserve also offers a good vantage point. Female whales with their calves have been known to frolic in the bay at Hyams Beach, and you may be lucky enough to spot them from this beach as well.
Most whale watching tours have knowledgeable guides who can offer insight on whale and dolphin behaviour. Operating largely out of Huskisson, Dolphin Watch Cruises and Jervis Bay Wild run from mid-May to November.
As well as sighting a variety of whales including the humpback, southern right, minke and pilot, you'll also likely spot seals, penguins, albatrosses and dolphins, who like to swim and play at the bow of whale watching boats.
For more information on whales visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au.