Whale conservation volunteering is an important part of environmental conservation, as well as a gratifying way to give something back and help protect the environment for future generations. Volunteer work achieves real objectives and you can play an important role in scientific and conservation activities.
Volunteering is a great way to learn more about a subject that may be of interest to you, and working with experts in the field provides a unique opportunity to gain insights from professionals. It’s also a great way to make new friends and have fun.
Whale conservation volunteering may involve data collection, research, maintenance, management or implementation of a variety of projects.
Cape Solander - Kamay Botany Bay National Park
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service conducts a whale watching program each year at Cape Solander in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, with volunteers keeping a vigil from dawn to dusk recording whale numbers migrating up the coast.
Humpback, minke, southern right and pygmy killer whales have all been recorded, as well as an extremely rare blue whale. On the busiest days, more than 40 humpback whales may be seen. The volunteers also record large numbers of dolphins passing the Cape.
Want to get involved? Call the park office on 02 9668 2000 to find out how.
Fairfax Lookout, North Head - Sydney Harbour National Park
Along with stunning views of Sydney Harbour and along the coast, North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park is an excellent vantage point for spotting whales long before they pass by.
Head to Fairfax Lookout at North Head every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm until the end of July and you’ll find volunteers on hand with high-powered binoculars to help you spot whales and answer any questions you might have.