In the winter months, the Shire is a perfect spot to watch the annual whale migration. The whale watching season is between May and November each year with June/July the best time to see humpback whales as they migrate to warmer waters. If you’re lucky you won’t even need to look far – whales have been known to swim as close as 200m from the coast. A number of vantage points are available, on land or by sea
Top Spots for Whale Watching
There is a fantastic purpose built Whale Watching platform at Cape Solander in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, where you can see these awesome creatures as they pass on their annual migration. The platform is perfect those without sea legs…and undoubtedly one of Sydney’s best whale watching spots. During peak times the platform is manned by Volunteers for the Humpback Whale Migration Study who record passing whales and provide information for visitors. Humpbacks, Southern Right and Minke Whales have all been spotted. The views from the cliffs are awesome and the more adventurous can explore this area further with a bushwalk or pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds. Entry fees apply for the National Park.
Visit the heritage-listed Royal National Park, in Sydney’s south, where towering sandstone cliffs along the Coast Track provide countless spots to stop and look for whales. A short walk from Wattamolla or Bundeena is all that is needed to find the perfect vantage point. Catch the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, then join the Coast Track where a walk to ‘The Balconies’ gives unobstructed views of the ocean. Or a leisurely drive to Wattamolla and a walk along the Coast Track to the south will provide many vantage points with incredible views.
Entry fees apply for the National Park. Always check current National Park conditions before you visit.
You can log your whale sightings and learn more about whales by downloading the Wild About Whales App here.
More information about walks is available here.