Whale watching in Sydney
Humpback whale migration season lasts from April to December
The most northern part of Palm Beach peninsula has beautiful ocean views. A popular attraction of this region is Barrenjoey Lighthouse, a heritage-listed building that stands at 113 metres above sea level and is 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.
Known for its steep cliffs, military history and 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 1km South Head Heritage trail.
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. You may spot a humpback as close as 200m to the coast.