Top spots to see the Humpback whales on the North Coast
WITH an estimated 24,000 whales migrating along the NSW coastline this year, it is the perfect opportunity for some whale spotting.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is encouraging everyone to visit a coastal national park to catch the sight.
NPWS Wildlife Management Officer Geoff Ross said now was the perfect time to head to one of the north coast's spectacular lookouts, headlands or foreshores to experience a record number of whales enjoying their natural playground.
"The waters off our coastline are currently very busy with whales on their annual migration. Some whales are still making their way northward to the warmer waters off Queensland for breeding, whilst some are already on their southbound journey towards Antarctica, with their new calves in tow," Mr Ross said.
"Whales heading south often hug the coastline to nurture and train their offspring in calmer waters, providing a great opportunity for people to see these magnificent creatures from a national park.
"Humpbacks and southern right whales are the most commonly sighted, but people may also spot minke, even blue whales and orcas," he said.
National parks make up almost 50 per cent of the NSW coastline and provides some of the best vantage points to spot whales.
NPWS recommends these top whale watching vantage points in the north coast region:
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Situated on the most easterly point in Australia, this spots boasts panoramic views of Byron Bay's golden beaches and dramatic coastline, and is a renowned spot for sightings of turtles, dolphins and whales.
Broken Head Nature Reserve
Take the scenic walking track to the Three Sisters lookout for a fantastic vantage point to see migrating whales, as well as wonderful coastal views of secluded beaches, rocky coves and dense rainforest.
Iluka Bluff lookout, Bundjalung National Park
This lookout provides an aerial view of the Bundjalung area, including stunning beaches and the mouth of the Clarence River, making it a great place to spot dolphins near the river inlet or whales on the annual migration along the coast.
For the most up-to-date whale sightings near you and to log your own, download the recently updated and free Wild About Whales app.
Visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au for all your whale watching information this season.