Not a year goes by on the coasts of Australia without one of nature’s greatest shows taking centre stage.
The whale migration in Australia begins late May and runs through till the month of November, with June to November tagged as the whale watching season in Australia.
The annual whale migration north along the coast provides one of the most spectacular sights a mere mortal can ever behold, and we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to find the best place to watch.
Each year humpback whales migrate north along Australia’s north and west coast to the temperate waters that form their breeding grounds.
And from Hobart to the Hunter and beyond the migration makes for fantastic viewing.
Finding the absolute best whale watching spot in the Illawarra area can make for a challenge, depending on your viewing habits.
A weekend drive along some of our scenic country roads can help find some good vantage points, but if exploring sounds like too much hard work then take a tour from Wollongong or Kiama and get out on the boat. If you decide to take a tour, many of the whale-watching vessels are equipped with hydrophones so passengers can listen to whales singing.
Maybe you’d like to combine it with some wilderness experiences, walking and hiking trails surround the area, leading to some gorgeous rocky headlands and outcrops that can give an undisturbed view of the whales as they migrate north.
There are also plenty of good whale spotting spots that can be easily accessed by road.
Several lighthouses in the area provide everything from a great lookout (which really should go without saying) to accommodation if you want to make a weekend of it. Stanwell Tops near Wollongong is a popular destination for whale watching, with incredible views out over the Pacific Ocean. As is the famous Kiama Blowhole.
Heading further south, Gerroa in Seven Mile Beach National Park, Jervis Bay’s Booderee National Park, Beecroft Peninsula and in Culburra, Bateman’s Bay and Ulladulla on the Far South Coast are places you’re pretty likely to encounter the gentle giants of the ocean.
Of course, if you just want to relax and maybe catch a quick glimpse, you’ll find your drive along the coast will unearth any number of restaurants, cafes, bars or parks perfect for the purpose. Make it an adventure!