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Whale watching in NSW

Experience Nature's Greatest Show!

We've put together the best times and places for whale watching season.

Between May and August, whales make their way north from icy Antarctica to warmer waters to breed. During the spring, they journey back down the coast with their calves in tow, providing plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of these awesome creatures.

Whilst many types of whales migrate annually, it’s usually the Humpback and Southern Right whales you’re most likely to see when whale watching off the coast of New South Whales. Check out our whale-watching tips to make sure you get the chance to see these magnificent ocean dwellers.

Where to see whales on the North Coast of NSW

Far North Coast

Byron Bay offers some of the best whale watching around. Stay at any of the holiday parks below and look for whales from the sand, then visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse for its far-reaching ocean views. You can also go on a whale watching cruise, or enjoy a sea kayak tour for an unforgettable encounter.

Coffs Coast whale watching

With its unspoiled beaches and lush vegetation, the Coffs Coast is an idyllic spot for a whale-watching adventure. Moonee Beach and the nearby ‘Look at Me Now’ headland walk are standout whale-watching spots. You can also stretch out your sea legs with a whale-watching tour from Coffs Harbour.

Mid Coast Whale Watching NSW

With ocean lookouts far and wide, whale watching is a popular pastime along the NSW Mid Coast. Bonny Hills in Greater Port Macquarie is perched atop a headland with whale-friendly views. Or stay at Jimmys Beach near Port Stephens and climb nearby Mount Yacaaba to see what you can see.

Whale watching the South Coast NSW

Eden was once named by Australian Geographic as Australia’s number one whale watching destination. Go on a whale watching cruise, visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum, or enjoy all the fun of the Eden Whale Festival held each November.