There are two distinct whale watching seasons in Sydney. During the first, humpback whales are heading north towards warmer waters to mate and give birth (typically from May to August), then in summer they return south with their calves to feed in Antarctic waters.
It’s in winter that you’re likely to spot whales from the shore, as 20,000 of them migrate along the New South Wales coastline.
Humpbacks will be your happy companions on most whale watching adventures, but you might also spot orcas and minke whales. Head to one of these lookouts with binoculars and a camera to capture the action.
Popular Lookout Points
- Barrenjoey Lighthouse
The most northern part of Palm Beach peninsula has beautiful ocean views and is part of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. A popular attraction of this region is Barrenjoey Lighthouse, a heritage listed building that stands at 113 metres above sea level, and it’s a perfect spot for spotting whales. It’s free to enter the park on foot (parking fees apply for cars). Bring water and a picnic.
- South Head
Known for its steep ocean cliffs, military history and distinctive red-and-white striped Hornby Lighthouse, South Head has no shortage of lookouts. The best spot for whale watching is the Gap, an ocean cliff on the South Head peninsula. Climb to the top to gaze over the Tasman Sea and Sydney Harbour. If you’re feeling adventurous, walk the South Head Heritage trail. The 1km loop takes up to one hour complete, so pack sunscreen, water and trainers.
- Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Located in the Kurnell section of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Cape Solander is one of Sydney’s best whale watching spots. Named after botanist Daniel Solander, the cape includes an unbeatable lookout and is a good starting point for a walk through the park. Information on the whales can be found near the lookout, and you may spot a humpback as close as 200m to the coast. Take a virtual tour of the cape beforehand to plan out your day. Gates to the park are open from 7am – 7.30pm from August to May, and till 5.30pm in June and July.
Whale Watching Tours
Join Fantasea for a once-in-a-lifetime whale watching and combine it with a waterfront dining experience at Casa Ristorante, Meat DistrictCo or Blackbird.
After a thrilling morning of whale watching, sit back and relax at your choice of of our restaurants. Enjoy a 2-course meal and drink (two options of packages available) at: Meat District Co (Ribs Burgers and Beer) Casa Ristorante Italiano (Italian cuisine) or BlackBird (Modern Australian Food)
To book call 1 800 326 822 | fantasea.com.au