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Wild About Whales

Are you wild about whales? Interested in the latest whale sightings off the NSW coast? Find the best whale watching locations, cruises and other coastal activities within NSW national parks. From Tweed to Eden, the NSW coast provides perfect vantage points to see these majestic ocean giants. Keep an eye on this page for activities, tours, and accommodation offers in our national parks this whale watching season. 

Humpback whale breaching. Photo: Paul Bieboer

Plan your coastal adventure

Graphic of whale facts. Artwork: OEH

Whale facts

Read our whale facts to make the most of your whale watching experience in NSW national parks.

A humpback whale breaches the water off the NSW coast, near Sydney. Photo credit: Wayne Reynolds &copy Wayne Reynolds

Whale species

Learn more about the different whale species and cetaceans you might see when you’re whale watching in NSW national parks.

Graphic of whale watching approach zones.  Artwork DPIE

Whale watching approach zones

Here’s what you need to know to enjoy whale watching safely, without risking harm to yourself or the whales, whether you’re in the water, on the water, or above the water.

Whale watching off North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: OEH.

Itinerary: Whale watching

Pack your binoculars to experience the majesty and grandeur of these oceanic giants. This epic 6-day drive showcases the best places to whale watch all along the NSW coastline. Humpback whales and southern right whales sail north for warmer waters throughout June and into July, and return southwards from around September to November.

Duration
6 days
Where
11 locations
Lighthouse view, Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer/OEH

Itinerary: Byron Bay

Immerse yourself in Byron's beautiful beaches, ocean adventures and relaxed lifestyle on this 3-day escape. To start your journey of coastal discovery, head to Cape Byron State Conservation Area. This is your chance to see all of Byron's big coastal attractions - from the heritage lighthouse on Australia's easternmost cape to the white beaches which boast some of the country's best surf breaks.

Duration
3 days
Where
5 locations