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  • Barrenjoey Head Aquatic Reserve walk Northern light

    Sure, the aim may be a spot of whale-watching, but on a gorgeous day at Barrenjoey Lighthouse there are plenty of other distractions. Who needs an excuse to visit Sydney’s stunningly beautiful Palm Beach? We may be about to walk up to Barrenjoey lighthouse in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park under the guise of a whale-watching excursion but in this case — on a sultry early-spring day, the air redo...

  • Whale Tail Slap Whale Migration: The facts

    The annual whale migration is certainly a site to behold. Each year, NSW national parks welcome many eager visitors who flock to some of the most scenic locations and headlands all along the coastline to catch a glimpse of these magnificent mammals as they glide past. Sometimes you may be lucky enough to see their spectacular breaches, fin waves or dramatic tail slaps that signifies to us that th...

  • Our Wild About Whales mobile app

    Download it now at the Apple Store, Google Marketplace, or by searching for "Whales NSW" direct from your mobile app store. Plan and book your coastal adventure with the Wild About Whales app – the first official guide to whale watching in NSW. The app has everything you love about our website, presented in a mobile format for use on the go. Join in on the whale journey - get the latest wha...

  • The Killer Whales Of Twofold Bay

    On the South Coast of NSW near the port of Eden, shore-based whale hunting was a thriving industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Whalers hunted baleen whales (mostly humpback and southern right whales) for their blubber and bones as well as their baleen which was used in the manufacture of women’s clothes. A group of killer whales in this area was known for its cooperation w...

  • Humpback Whales

    Humpback whales are renowned for their spectacular behaviour. Humpbacks will leap out of the water, roll in the air with their huge pectoral fins outstretched like wings, and crash noisily back into the water. This is called breaching. Humpback whales have a small dorsal fin located nearly two-thirds of the way down their back, and their backs steeply arch as they dive – this is how the hum...

  • Mid North Coast and Port Stephens

    This fascinating region offers a wide variety of nature based activities and destinations. Along the coastline, perfect sandy beaches, towering dunes, rocky headlands with magnificent ocean views, coastal lakes and estuaries are just waiting to be explored. Inland you’ll find abundant wildlife and spectacular World Heritage parks. The region is also home to many great land-based whale watc...

  • Central Coast and Newcastle

    The NSW Central Coast and Newcastle offer a wide variety of nature based activities and destinations. Stockton beach, with its towering sand dunes and coastal brush is waiting to be explored. Brisbane Water National Park and Dharug National Park preserve large tracks of untouched wilderness. They are a treasure trove of plants, animals, and important aboriginal sites. The region is also ho...

  • Bondi Whale Festival We all need to party, once in a whale

    We can’t think of a better reason to celebrate than the annual whale migration along NSW’s coastline. Want to join in the fun? Here’s a rundown of the whale related festivals and parties happening this whale watching season. Bondi Whale Festival Bondi Beach, Sydney – 30 June 2013 Come along to the Marine Discovery Centre in Bondi Pavilion to celebrate the 4th annual Whale Festival at Bondi on Sun...

  • Coastline view Coffs Coast Regional Park Coffs: the coast with the most

    The Coffs Coast on the mid north coast of NSW has long been known for its beautiful stretches of beaches and coastal national parks from which to view the annual whale migration. And from Coffs Coast Regional Park to the North of Coffs Harbour, to Yarriabini National Park further south, there is plenty to see and do in addition to seeing the whales. Here's a few must-do's: Top walks Lovers of sce...

  • Seal pup Get amongst it in the national parks this winter

    When the weather is cold, it’s so tempting to just stay indoors and hibernate with a blanket and warm cup of hot chocolate. But you know the old saying ‘you snooze, you lose.’ If you don’t take the chance and get out and about in winter, so many wonderful opportunities will pass you by. NSW National Parks offer so many great experiences throughout the cooler months. From spotting the abundant win...

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