Central Coast welcomes back the whales

[3 June, 2010] Recent sightings of humpback whales off the Central Coast have marked the beginning of the great northern migration of these majestic giants off the NSW coast.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Regional Manager Tom Bagnat said that the whale watching season offers Central Coast residents and visitors a fantastic opportunity to witness one of the most impressive natural phenomenon on the planet.

"We are so lucky here on the Central Coast to be able to view one of natures' most spectacular sights, the annual migration of humpback whales," Mr Bagnat said.

"Humpback whales migrate along our coastline from May to July each year on their Northern migration to the warmer waters off Queensland where they calve and mate.

"The Central Coast is a prime location on the NSW coast with many high vantage points offering great land-based whale watch opportunities," he said.

NPWS holds free whale watch days each year providing visitors with information about the humpback whale ecology and behaviour.

Free whale watch days will be held at Crackneck Lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park near Bateau Bay from early June to coincide with the peak northern migration of humpback whales.

Presentations will be provided at 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm. Whale watch days will be on:

Sunday 6th June

Sunday 13th June

Sunday 20th June

Saturday 26th June

Sunday 27th June

Saturday 3rd July

Sunday 4th July

"Our whale watch days are extremely popular with Crackneck Lookout providing an ideal location to bring the family for a picnic and enjoy natures show,"said Mr Bagnat.

"The location offers 180 degree views of the ocean and we usually see lots of whales throughout the program, observing breaching, tail slaps and other behaviours," he said.

No bookings are required, for further information phone 4320 4205.

  • NSW Government
  • National Parks & Wildlife Service NSW