Locals are being encouraged to get out to sea or simply stand on a headland to check out the steady stream of southerly migrating humpback whales.
There are so many that the “humpback highway” is in full effect and currently at its peak off Narooma, Bermagui and the rest of the Far South Coast.
With an estimated 24,000 whales migrating along the NSW coastline this year, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) meanwhile is encouraging everyone to visit a coastal national park to catch all the action.
NPWS Ranger Craig Dickmann said now is the perfect time to head to one of the south 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, most are on their southbound journey towards Antarctica with calves in tow,” Mr Dickmann 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, blue whales and orcas,” Mr Dickmann 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 spots on the Far South Coast:
- Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden, offers breathtaking coastal views, amazing rock formations, incredible bird life and many outstanding viewpoints to spot passing whales. Visitors can enjoy one of the many walks or stay overnight in the beautiful Green Cape Lightstation Keeper’s Cottage.
- The Wajurda Point walking track, in Mimosa Rocks National Park, leads to a lookout offering the best coastal views in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Pack your binoculars to whalewatch and enjoy the spectacular views of sapphire-coloured ocean.
- The lookout at North Tura, in Bournda National Park, is also a great vantage point to see migrating whales and enjoy the many secluded beaches and stunning coastal walks.
- Montague Island Nature Reserve – For the ultimate whale watching adventure, head to Montague Island Nature Reserve to experience a wildlife wonderland, with whales, seals, dolphins and penguins aplenty. Explore the island on a day trip or indulge and stay in the historic Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages.
If you’re whale watching on the Far South Coast, plan your journey to coincide with the popular annual Eden Whale Festival, taking place from October 28-30, 2016.
For the most up-to-date whale sightings near you or to log your own, download the recently updated and free Wild About Whales app, or visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au for all your whale watching information this season.