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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Whale watching

  • Whale Watching Manly, Sydney
  • Whale Watching in Sydney


Hop on a whale watching tour

The whale-watching season along NSW's east coast runs from May to November. If you're visiting Sydney any time during these months, make sure you join a whale-watching cruise departing from Circular Quay

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Whale Watching in Sydney

Cape Solander in Botany Bay National Park has a viewing platform and is known as one of the best whale-watching locations in Sydney. The site is also part of a long-running whale-counting volunteer program running each June and July.

The stunning cliff-top walking trail from Bondi to Coogee beach also offers fantastic opportunities for whale watching as does Clovelly Beach and North Head Lookout in Sydney Harbour National Park. Other superb vantage points include North Maroubra, Bangally Headland at Avalon and Palm Beach lighthouse on Barrenjoey Headland.

Fancy a close-up look? Whale-watching tours are the way to do it. Sydney Ocean Adventures offer powerboat tours, departing from Rose Bay. For more leisurely whale watching, Captain Cook Cruises and Fantasea depart from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. There are also three-hour Bass and Flinders Cruises available, departing from Sydney Harbour. If you're venturing to Sydney's northern beaches, Manly Whale Watching tours are available on a variety of vessels, from sailing boats to power cruisers.

Australia is one of the best countries in the world for whale watching as more than 50 percent of the planet's cetaceans - otherwise known as whales, dolphins and porpoises - are found here. Nine species of baleen whales and 36 species of toothed whales make their home in Australian waters, and research suggests new species may well be found here in the future.

Today, whales, dolphins and porpoises are protected in Australian waters, and thanks to conservation measures, whale populations have steadily increased since the late 1970s. Whale numbers are now plentiful as they travel along NSW's east coast.

If you want to find out more about whales and their migration routes visit Wild About Whales.

  • Bondi to Coogee walk

    Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

    The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a picturesque coastal route featuring beaches, bays, rock pools, cliffs and of course stunning views. The 6 km route also meanders past the caf strips of Coogee and Bronte so stopping to refuel is all part of the fun. You can watch whales migrating to the northern waters from the clifftops during this idyllic stroll.

  • Viewing platforms for whale watching

    Viewing Platforms

    Some of the finest vantage points for whale watching are the viewing platforms scattered along the coast. The Gap near Watson's Bay offers an impressive cliff top view of the Tasman Sea. Maroubra Beach is also a great spot in which you can witness humpback whales meander up north.

  • Whale watching in Sydney

    Whale Watching in NSW

    New South Wales offers many great vantage points for whale watching. Stanwell Tops near Wollongong is a popular destination as is Jervis Bay on the far South Coast. There are also plenty of choices up on the North Coast in Newcastle and the Central Coast. The gentle giants can be sighted at Terrigal Skillion, The Entrance, the Bush Street Reserve Norah Head Lighthouse, Soldiers Beach in Toukley and Crackneck Lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park.

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