Whale Watching On The East Coast Of Oz

Posted on 30th July, 2021

Whale watchers along the east coast of NSW have been spoilt for choice as we approach peak season for whale migration. About this time of year, the majestic beasts of the sea move for warmer waters, and us land dwellers are often lucky to spot them.

Recently, in Forster on our very own Mid North Coast, a southern wright whale spent almost a week in Wallis lake, giving locals a great chance to see these amazing creatures closer than usual.

Some had speculated that the whale may have become disorientated by the nearby Forster/ Tuncurry  bridge pilons, which lead to its brief stay-over in the small body of water.

Hi: Whales sometimes just want to say hello

Recently, humpback whales have been spotted between Coogee and Bondi in Sydney, and a mother and calf near Wollongong.

The Gap in Watsons Bay is recommended as the most popular place to watch the whales moving north, especially in September after the calves have been born. Ballina has also had recent whale activity, when a humpback and calf swan a few kilometres into the Richmond river.

Also hi: the Ballina whale with calf

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Servicewebsite recommends these top whale watching spots:

  • Charles Hamey Lookout, Kattang Nature Reserve– This clifftop lookout offers magnificent coastal views across Dunbogan Beach and around to Diamond Head. Pack binoculars for great whale and birdwatching. Perpindicular Point walking track in the Reserve also offers spectacular coastal views.
  • Captain Cook’s Lookout, Hat’s Head– Located beneath the Smoky Cape Lighthouse near Kempsey, this is a great place to spot whales, enjoy a picnic and take in the amazing South West Rocks views.
  • Cape Hawke Lookout, Booti Booti National Park– Just 5 minutes from Forster, the Cape Hawke lookout offers spectacular 360-degree views along the coast from the top of a dedicated tower, perfect for whale watching.
  • Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park – Close to South West Rocks, Arakoon National Park provides plenty of headlands and foreshores to spot passing whales, as well as great picnic spots near the historic Trial Bay Gaol. Spot mother whales and their calves in the calmer waters of Front Beach during the southern migration.

Happy whale watching!

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