There are many reasons to love Australia’s winter season and the annual whale migrations top the list. More or less 20,000 whales make their way towards Australia’s warmer waters between June and November. So if you want to have a truly unique, unforgettable winter holiday, drive your motorhome hire to New South Wales and visit one (if not all) of the 5 best whale watching spots the state has to offer.
1. Byron Bay
Without doubt, Byron Bay is among the most popular tourist destinations in the state. Apart from being the top city to spot humpback whales, there are many other attractions the entire family can enjoy.
BY Paul Jones
After spending hours on the sea watching humpback whales, dare to fly high at Circus Arts Byron Bay. An easy 4-minute travel from the city’s CBD, there’s no better way to cap off an an amazing day in this vibrant city.
2. Point Perpendicular
If you prefer to spot whales from the shore, Perpendicular Point within NSW’s Kattang Nature Reserve is the best place to do it. The reserve is located in Camden Haven, an easy driving distance south of Port Macquarie.
If you’re travelling in a motorhome, don’t miss the Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, The 9-kilometre string of connected viewing platforms and beaches is a great place to relax in after an exciting day of whale watching.
3. Coffs Harbour
From May to November, Coffs Harbour turns into a whale watching paradise, making it one of the most popular tourist spots in NSW during winter season. Spot southern right whales and humpbacks either from The Gap in Hat Head National Park, Smoky Cape or Crescent Head. All three also have fantastic coastal walks, providing breathtaking views of the coast and surrounding cliffs.
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4. Port Stephens
An easy two-hour drive north from Sydney, Port Stephens is one of the best places to start your whale watching adventure. The region after all is a perfect mix of nature-based activities and relaxation opportunities.
BY Tim J Keegan
The best thing about Port Stephens is you don’t need to go on a whale watching tour to spot these gentle giants. A short walk to either Tomaree National Park or Tomaree Head Summit will give you fantastic views of the coast and great vantage points for whale watching.
5. Jervis Bay
Jervis bay boasts of truly spectacular holiday experiences, apart from being among the finest spots for whale watching in NSW. The region’s rich aboriginal heritage, lush forests and pristine white sand beaches ensures you won’t run out of things to do during your visit.
After a morning of spotting whales offshore, check out famous tourist spots such as the Kiama Blowhole. Drive your campervan rental through the Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley to discover other great whale watching vantage points inland.
New South Wales has more than 860 nature reserves and natural parks. Many of these locations provide travellers with great opportunities for whale watching. So make your winter holiday extra special this year. Get a motorhome hire, get the gang together and drive off to one of these fantastic NSW whale watching spots!