South Coast Whale Watching
Experience the incredible spectacle of migrating whales on the beautiful NSW South Coast. You will find plenty of opportunities, from whale-watching cruises to observation points along the dramatic headlands and scenic national parks.
Heading south from Sydney, visit the panoramic heights of Stanwell Tops near Wollongong, the rugged headland around the Kiama Blowhole or the rolling escarpments of Gerroa and Seven Mile Beach National Park.
Jervis Bay offers some remarkable experiences and some of the finest whale watching in NSW. Whale watching tours have knowledgeable guides who can offer insight on whale behaviour. Operating largely out of Huskisson, Dolphin Watch Cruises and Jervis Bay Wild run from mid-May to November.
There are many good opportunities to view their from shore or the deck of a whale-watching vessel. Penguin Head at Culburra and the viewing platform in Booderee National Park, located at Cape St George Lighthouse, are prime viewing spots in the region. Huskisson remains the main departure point for whale-watching cruises from Jervis Bay.
Montague Island, 9km offshore from Narooma, is a treasured location ideal for whale-watching. Share the small island with the resident seals, as they play in clear blue waters, while humpback whales cruise past.
For a memorable visit, stay overnight to savour the coastal views, colourful sunsets and visiting penguins.
The Sapphire Coast waters provide a spectacular feeding ground for whales, beginning in late winter when huge numbers of whales stop to feed their young before the last stage of the journey to Antarctica, providing some outstanding opportunities for whale watching on the Sapphire Coast.
Further south is the spectacular Ben Boyd National Park. Take the Light to Light Walk between the historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lighthouse Station for more fantastic views of the rolling coastline and migrating whales.
Follow the Killer Whale Trail, which includes the Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden Lookout, the Davidson Whaling Station and Ben Boyd’s Tower. Each November, the Eden Whale Festival highlights the southern migration of humpback and other whales.
To see where the whales are right now in maps you can use the Wild About Whales app. This will also give you tips on how to spot them and the best vantage points.