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Animals in the wild

  • Dolphin watching cruise in Jervis Bay
  • Kangaroo sighting in Murramarang resort

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Animals in the wild

NSW has a whole host of places where you can see animals in their natural habitats. Secluded coastlines, NSW national parks, state forests and reserves as well as remote areas are just where animal lovers are likely to be in luck.

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Across land and sea; from kangaroos to whales, NSW is a wonderful place to view animals in the wild. Spot turtles and whales at Solitary Islands Marine Park while at Montague Island you can view colonies of little penguins and Australian fur seals.

Whale watching from land or sea, dolphin cruises, swimming with seals, sea bird watching and other aquatic creature encounters are plentiful along the NSW coast, from Eden and the nearby Davidson Whaling Station in the south to the splendour of Cape Byron in the north. There are plenty of ways to get around and explore these beautiful environments, including nature tours offering the chance to learn about native animal habitats. Budderoo National Park, Fitzroy Falls and Morton National Park feature fantastic wildlife tours.

Meanwhile Lord Howe Island is a pristine place to go snorkelling and discover underwater life.

Whale watching

Whales are migrating along the coast of NSW in greater numbers than ever before, and sometimes coming closer to shore. Throughout the whale migration season, whale-watching tours travel through Sydney's famous sandstone headlands (known as "the heads") for optimum viewing. Other prime whale-watching sites include Byron Bay, Port Stephens, Jervis Bay, Merimbula and Eden.

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Pagoda Lookout, Wollemi National Park by Evolving Images; Destination NSW
Kanangra Falls Blue Mountains by Chris Jones; Destination NSW
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