Whale watching season on the South Coast


Not a year goes by on the coasts of Australia without one of nature’s greatest shows taking centre stage.

The whale migration in Australia begins late May and runs through till the month of November, with June to November tagged as the whale watching season in Australia.

The annual whale migration north along the coast provides one of the most spectacular sights a mere mortal can ever behold, and we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to find the best place to watch.

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll spy legendary white humpback Migaloo, first sighted in 1991 on NSW’s coast, and seen almost every year since.

Each year humpback whales migrate north along Australia’s north and west coast to the temperate waters that form their breeding grounds.

From Hobart to the Hunter and beyond the migration makes for fantastic viewing.

Finding the absolute best whale watching spot on the Shoalhaven Coast area is thankfully pretty easy, the coast is blessed with fantastic outlooks.

A weekend drive along some of our scenic country roads can help find some good vantage points, but if exploring sounds like too much hard work then take a tour and get out on the boat. If you decide to take a tour, many of the whale-watching vessels are equipped with hydrophones so passengers can listen to whales singing.


Maybe you’d like to combine it with some wilderness experiences, walking and hiking trails surround the area, leading to some gorgeous rocky headlands and outcrops that can give an undisturbed view of the whales as they migrate north.

To watch from shore, you can’t beat the views at the Cape St George Lighthouse site in the Jervis Bay National Park, or on the cliffs at Point Perpendicular Lighthouse at the southern end of the Beecroft Peninsula. Females and their calves have also been spotted off Caves Beach in Booderee National Park and Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay in recent years, too.

You can also visit Culburra’s Penguin Head Lookout, with its views to Shoalhaven Heads.  Whales have also been sighted from the Ben Boyd Lookout on the edge of Morton National Park, and the Ulladulla Lighthouse in Warden Head Reserve. The MacDonald State Forest has views to Lake Conjola and a string of great beaches to the south where you might find some luck, also.

Of course, if you just want to relax and maybe catch a quick glimpse, you’ll find your drive along the coast will unearth any number of restaurants, cafes, bars or parks perfect for the purpose. Make it an adventure!

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