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Wild About Whales: North Head whale census

Sydney Harbour National Park


Come along to our annual whale census this season and help NPWS and ORRCA spot the whales as they travel by North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park.


Sunday 25 June 2017, 10am–2pm

North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
Easy. Suitable for all ages.
Meeting point
Fairfax lookout, North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park.

The information gathered by NPWS and ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia) helps us obtain a 'snapshot' of whale movements and behaviour around Australia on that day. This data is analysed and used to understand more about these wonderful animals. We also learn how we can best protect them now and into the future. This major wildlife event can be enjoyed by the whole community and you can stay for a long or short time.

Our NPWS guides will be ready with binoculars to assist you with whale spotting. You can download the NPWS Wild About Whales app and contribute to the live feed of whale sightings along the NSW coastline. It’s a good idea to bring along your camera and binoculars, so you don’t miss out on the spectacular views of the harbour.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour Islands. Fort Denison can only be visited on a tour. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands Island, all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 13000 PARKS (13000 72757).

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Vaucluse
      (02) 9337 5511
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
    • Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9337 1303
    • Mosman
      (02) 9960 6266
      Contact hours: 9am-4.30pm Wednesday to Friday
    • Governors Road, Middle Head, Mosman NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9960 3965
See more visitor info
North Head hero, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan