South Coast whale watching trails
The south coast of NSW is home to a beautiful collection of beaches, bays and rocky coastlines that seem too pristine and perfect to be real. Perhaps this is why the whales love travelling past the regions of the south coast each year. The mothers and newborn calves come especially close to the coastline in the southern migration, between September and November, providing fantastic whale watching opportunities.
Steeped in whaling history and unspoilt coastal wilderness, the south coast is one of the few places to see whales feed. Whether you are looking for cosy cabins or peaceful camping in the bush, this region has plenty to offer. With so much to see and do, all just a short drive from Sydney, this is the ideal place for a weekend getaway or family holiday.
Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven
The Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven region will mesmerize nature lovers, as you experience the magnificent beauty of the south coast, from its world renowned white sands to the outstanding diving and snorkeling in the clear waters of Jervis Bay.
Jervis Bay National Park offers some truly remarkable experiences and best of all, it boasts some of the finest whale watching in NSW. Explore the area's Aboriginal heritage, immerse yourself in pristine forests and discover perfect beaches, such as Greenfields Beach, where you can spot whales migrating along the coast. Visit nearby sites like the Kiama Blowhole and enjoy a scenic drive through Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands. Or venture into one of the region’s magnificent national parks to discover other fantastic vantage points for whale viewing.
Greenfields Beach, Jervis Bay National Park
Batemans Bay and the Eurobodalla Coast is home to several large stretches of pristine coastal wilderness from Ulladulla to Narooma, while offshore a huge number of whales make an appearance here on their annual migration.
Walk to magnificent headlands and lookouts for amazing views, go swimming and surfing at unspoilt beaches, enjoy paddling and fishing on tranquil lakes, or simply relax at one of many beautiful places to picnic. Spanning 44km of dramatic coastline, Murramarang National Park near Batemans Bay, is a perfect location to explore and enjoy the natural surroundings. There are plenty of walk trails to choose from with great whale watching vanatage points. Stay at the beautiful Pretty Beach cabins, Depot Beach cabins or Pebbly Beach shacks.
Another great spot, Meroo National Park, located between Ulladulla and Batemans Bay, has some of the best vantage points for whale viewing on the NSW south coast. Don’t miss the panoramic views from Meroo Head lookout. For another great place to go whale watching, follow the walking track to Nuggan Point.
Murramarang National Park. Credit: Melissa Findley
Eden and surrounds
Between the wild mountains and the ocean, a strip of spectacular national parks follows almost the entire length of NSW’s far south coast. Along this stunning rocky coastline, you’ll find perfect lookouts to see migrating whales, as well as options to enjoy walking, picnicking, padding and cycling. The breathtaking views from Green Cape Lighthouse in Ben Boyd National Park are a highlight and an ideal spot to watch passing whales.
For a truly unforgettable weekend getaway, why not enjoy a night at Green Cape Lightstation Keeper's Cottage. You’ll also find several tranquil campgrounds by the beach at Mimosa Rocks, Ben Boyd and Bournda National Parks, such as Bittangabee campground and Hobart Beach campground. Spend the day walking, surfing, fishing and whale watching, then slip into your sleeping bag and let the breaking waves lull you to sleep.
Humpback whale near Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: Warwick Kent
Header image credit: Scott Blanch