REVEALED | Top whale watching spots in northern NSW

The NSW Government has revealed its top spots to try and catch a glimpse of whales this migration season.

With over 30,000 whales expected to migrate north along the NSW coastline, there are plenty of chances for keen whale watchers to get the glimpse they’ve been hoping for.

Cape Byron Lighthouse in Byron Bay topped the list and is a renowned spot for sightings of turtles, dolphins and whales.


North Heads walking track in Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve, the Three Sisters lookout at Broken Head Nature Reserve and Iluka Bluff lookout at Bundjalung National Park rounded out the top four spots.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson Ann Walton said now is the perfect time to head to one of the region’s national park lookouts, headlands or foreshores to spot a whale.

“The waters off our coastline are very busy as whales head north to the warmer waters off Queensland to breed,” said Ms Walton.

“Around 6,000 whale sightings on our Wild About Whales app have been logged, so it’s shaping up to be a great whale watching season.

“National parks make up almost 50 per cent of the NSW coastline and provide some of the best vantage points to spot whales on their annual migration.

“Humpbacks and southern right whales are the most commonly sighted, however minke, false killer whales and orcas may also be spotted,” she said.