These majestic creatures are visiting our shores this winter, you should too. There are plenty of places to see the whales as they head north to warmer waters. Here are Gary’s top picks.
Kamay Botany Bay National Park
The purpose-built whale watching platform at Cape Solander in Kamay Botany Bay National Park is one of the best vantage points in Sydney. You can see them as close as 200m from the rocky cliffs.
Check the park’s visitor info here for all you need to know to plan a great day out.
If you’re ‘Wild about Whales’, why not help NPWS and ORRCA keep tally for their official whale census. Head to Cape Solander lookout on Sunday 25 June between 10am and 2pm. NPWS guides will be ready with binoculars to assist you with whale spotting. See event details here.
Royal National Park
There are also some spectacular vantage points within the Royal National Park. Whales have been spotted just 100m offshore from ‘The Balconies’, an exposed sandstone shelf. Sydney Coast Walks gives some great info here. Or travel down to Garie Beach for a picnic and spot of whale watching. The views from Governor Game lookout are not to be missed.
To help you out, the National Park & Wildlife Service has a number of links to their walks that will give you the best opportunity to catch a glimpse of a whale or two. Click on the following links to find out more:
There is an entry fee into Royal National Park and always remember to check the safety alerts before you enter. Check the park’s visitor info here.
If walking too far is not your scene you could always drive to Cronulla and take a walk along the Esplanade. You occasionally have whales come into the bay, but you may need a set of binoculars to see them up close.
Whale watching cruises
For whale watching on the water, why not get a group of family and friends together for a day to remember. Contact any of these companies for a group price:
1. All at Sea Charters (Max 8)
2. Cronulla Sailing Charters (Max 12)
3. Cronulla Whale Watching (02) 9544 3474 or 0435 250205 (10 to 23)
4. Southern Sydney Fishing Tours (Max 6) (departs from Sans Souci)
5. Sydney Premium Charters (Max 12)
Maybe you could ask about combining a fishing/sailing trip with whale watching or a cruise up the Port Hacking River on All at Sea Charters where you take in the wild life, scenery and history of the river and then take a quick trip offshore to see if any whales are about.
Public transport options
Again always remember to check the Royal National Park website for any safety alerts before you enter.
Tips & Tricks
To keep up with the movements of the whales up and down our coastline you can go to Wild About Whales and find out about the latest sightings.
For a number of tips and tricks to help you to locate and see whales, (it can be very hard to distinguish between a whale and white water on the crest of a wave out to sea) go to Sydney Coast Walks. Here you will find a short video where they will let you know more about whales and their migration.