Whale watching in Sydney

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Free and cheap ways to spot these amazing creatures

Each year, nature’s majestic whales make their migration through our coastal waters.

In May, they begin their journey to the warmer waters of their northern breeding grounds, returning south in November.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the whales frolicking off the Sydney coast.

Here’s our guide to some of the best spots for whale watching in Sydney

Hike to the hilltops

  • One thing’s for sure when it comes to whale watching in Sydney from land. The higher the vantage point, the better!
  • Find a clifftop spot with an unobstructed view of the ocean.
  • The best vantage points around Sydney include:

Hit the beach

  • Of course, hitting the hills isn’t the only way to go whale spotting. There’s lots of opportunities to see whales from the shoreline.
  • Some of the best beachside spots for whale watching in Sydney include

Be app-solutely sure of where to spot them!

  • The free NSW whale watching app is the perfect way to plan your whale-spotting adventure around Sydney’s coastline.
  • Get real time updates and notifications on where the whales are, or submit your own sightings and upload your pics to share your coastal adventure.

Be prepared

  • Wherever you choose to go whale watching, to make the most of your day follow these handy tips:
    • Wait for clear, clam weather. Rain and cloud makes whales harder to see.
    • Take some binoculars with you. If you don’t own a pair, put the word out and borrow some from a friend.
    • Keep your day cheap by packing snacks and drinks from home.
    • We know it’s not summer – but don’t forget to slip, slop, slap with the sunscreen.
    • Settle in and get comfy! Whales can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes before resurfacing, so you’ll need to be patient.