Shoalhaven and Jervis Bay Whale Watching
The beautiful coastline in the Shoalhaven region on the NSW South Coast is blessed with many vantage points to spot majestic whales. Jervis Bay is one of the most popular spots, with spectacular headlands, and the Jervis Bay Marine Park is a haven for migrating whales and a home for dolphins.
From the Shoalhaven Heads in the north to Bawley Point in the south, there are splendid locations for whale watching. Crookhaven Heads Lighthouse and Penguin Head at Culburra Beach offer great ocean views. A short drive south is Hammerhead Point, near the seaside village of Currarong.
Nearby are the sheer cliffs of the Beecroft Peninsula, a great lookout for spotting whales as they migrate along the coast between May and November. You can drive along Lighthouse Road to Point Perpendicular Lighthouse , established in 1899 at the northern entrance to Jervis Bay, for more stellar views.
Jervis Bay marks the halfway point on the whales’ 5,000km migration route and it is the only place in NSW where the waters are calm and still so close to shore. The whales use the bay as a place to rest and play with their newborn calves, making for incredible viewing. Take a cruise with Jervis Bay Wild to get up close.
You’ll discover more magnificent ocean views from Cape St George Lighthouse, on the southern edge of the bay in . Farther south are more headlands perfect for sighting whales at Mollymook and Ulladulla, where Ulladulla Fishing Charters offers whale-watching cruises.
Just north of Bawley Point, in the Meroo National Park, take the Meroo Head Lookout walking track to another striking headland to spot humpback and southern right whales. You can learn more about these marvellous mammals at Wild About Whales. You’ll find plenty of places to stay along the coast.
About 60 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins call Jervis Bay home year-round and they can often be seen from shore, chasing school fish and socialising in pods. Cruise alongside them on a journey with Dolphin Watch Cruises or get in the water on a boomnet adventure with Jervis Bay Wild.
Shoalhaven is home to two fur seal colonies, found at either headland of the Jervis Bay Marine Park. Numbers peak during Winter, so join a snorkelling tour with Dive Jervis Bay and swim alongside them. Snorkellers and divers will also encounter friendly stingrays and more than 220 species of fish including weedy sea dragons and eastern blue devil fish.