South Coast Whale Watching
From whale-watching cruises to clifftop lookouts in scenic national parks, there are many ways to enjoy whale watching season on the beautiful NSW South Coast. Between May and November, thousands of majestic humpback and southern right whales make their way along the coast in an incredible annual migration.
Heading south from Sydney, top observation points to spot whales in the wild include the panoramic heights of Stanwell Tops near Wollongong, the rugged headland around the Kiama Blowhole, and the rolling escarpments of Gerroa and Seven Mile Beach National Park.
In Jervis Bay, enjoy remarkable nature experiences and some of the finest whale watching in NSW. Huskisson is the main departure point for whale-watching cruises. Join a tour with Dolphin Watch Cruises or Jervis Bay Wild and gain an insight into whale behaviour from knowledgeable guides.
From the shore, Jervis Bay’s pretty coastline and dramatic headlands make a scenic grandstand to spot a whale in the calm, clear waters. Penguin Head at Culburra and the viewing platform at Cape St George Lighthouse, located in Booderee National Park, are prime viewing spots in the area.
Another magical whale watching location is Montague Island, a wildlife wonderland located 9km offshore from Narooma. Watch as resident seals play in the clear blue waters, while humpback whales cruise past. Stay overnight at the historic lighthouse to savour the coastal views, colourful sunsets and visiting penguins.
The waters of the Sapphire Coast provide a spectacular feeding ground for whales. Beginning in late September, huge numbers of whales stop to feed their young before the last stage of the journey to Antarctica. Come close to these giants of the sea on an unforgettable boat tour along the coast.
Further south is the spectacular Ben Boyd National Park, where the multi-day Light to Light Walk follows the coastline between historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation, offering fantastic views of migrating whales. Learn about Eden’s whaling history on the self-drive Killer Whale Trail.
The trail takes you to historical sites including the Eden Killer Whale Museum, Eden Lookout, Davidson Whaling Station and Boyds Tower. Each November, the Eden Whale Festival celebrates the southern migration of humpback and other whales. To see where the whales are in real time, use the Wild About Whales app.