GRAB YOUR BINOCULARS, IT'S WHALE WATCHING SEASON
It's no secret that we are a team of water babies, with big love for summer and days spent in the ocean at one of our favourite coastal locations (Bali, Byron, South Coast, you name it). Even though temperatures have undeniably plummeted, we'll still take any excuse to don our puffer jackets or favourite coats and head on over to the coastline.
Well, we're here to deliver one such excuse - 'coz whale watching season is almost upon us. If you've never witnessed one of these magnificent mammals in the flesh, it's certainly something to tick off the bucket list this year. Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales are the most commonly spotted across Australia's eastern coastline at this time of year as over 30,000 of them head north to breed (and then back again with calves in tow - adorable). But no matter which gentle giant you're on the look out for, at this time of year (June to November) you're likely to spot one if you know where to go!
We've rounded up some of the top spots on the South Coast, Sydney and North Coast for you to catch a glimpse.
Stanwell Tops - with its many lofty vantage points, Stanwell Tops near Wollongong makes for a great spot. Try Bald Hill look out!
Kiama Blowhole - where the regular 'whoosh' of the blowhole will accompany your viewing.
Booderee National Park - Cape St George Lighthouse is a prime spot to witness these marine wonders.
Cape Solander - head to the lookout and viewing platform, especially around June & July to spot Humpbacks.
Barrenjoey Headland - located at Palm Beach, this spot sits on the most northerly part of Ku-ring-gai National Park.
The Coast Track - situated within the Royal National Park in Sydney's south, there are several spots along the sandstone cliffs that provide great viewing points.
Redhead Bluff - this rocky headland hosts some pretty spectacular views over the ocean and Nine Mile Beach.
Caves Beach Coastal Walk - crossing the clifftops between Caves Beach and Pinny Beach, this easy walking trail is perfect for catching the whales as they migrate.
Awabakal Viewpoint - offering panoramic views, you'll find this spot along a walkway through the nature reserve.
WORDS | Lucy Francis
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