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Blog: Whale tales

Paul Chai journeyed up the NSW coastline during the 2012 whale migrating season. Recount his trip.

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Best Vantage Points

Land-based whale and dolphin watching is an easy and inexpensive way of seeing whales in their natural environment, as well as a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of our national and marine parks. In Australia we are fortunate to have many land-based sites where whales and dolphins come within metres of the coastline.

The most popular spots

In NSW, there are numerous spots along the coast to watch and enjoy these wonderful animals as they migrate during the winter months. The most popular are:

    * Cape Byron State Conservation Area
    * Iluka Bluff in Bundjalung National Park
    * Angourie Point in Yuraygir National Park
    * Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
    * Smoky Head in Hat Head National Park
    * Kattang Nature Reserve
    * Tomaree Head in Tomaree National Park
    * Crackneck Lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park
    * Barrenjoey Headland in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
    * North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park
    * Cape Solander and Cape Banks in Botany Bay National Park
    * NSW Jervis Bay National Park
    * Moruya Head in Eurobodalla National Park
    * Red Point in Ben Boyd National Park

However, there are many other places that provide excellent views as well. The map showcasing our National Parks and Marine Parks can help you find that perfect spot.

Commercial tours


If you are looking for a different type of experience, there are also a wide range of whale and dolphin watching commercial tour operators around Australia that offer excellent opportunities to see these animals in the wild

  • NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
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