Fantastic places around Coffs Coast to watch whale migration
WITH an estimated 20,000 whales currently migrating along the coastline, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is encouraging enthusiasts to visit a coastal national park to experience a bumper season.
NPWS whale expert Geoff Ross said now was the time for North Coast locals to experience the wonder of the great migration.
"Whales migrate northward to warmer waters for breeding and are commonly seen between May and August," he said.
"The whales bask in warmer waters then make their southbound journey with their calves in tow between September and November, hugging the coastline to nurture and train their offspring in calmer waters.
"Humpbacks are the most commonly sighted but people may also spot minke whales and orcas."
National parks make up almost 50 per cent of the NSW coastline and provide excellent vantage points from lookouts, headlands and foreshores.
NSW National Parks recommends these top whale watching spots:
Woolgoolga Beach and Headland, Coffs Coast Regional Park - With easy access and amazing views, this scenic spot is renowned for being one of the best whale watching spots in the Coffs region - bring your binoculars to see these majestic creatures up close.
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve - Adjacent to the Coffs Harbour Marina, the eastern lookout on this seabird rookery offers spectacular coastal and Solitary Island views for whale and dolphin watching.
Bongil Bongil National Park - Just near Coffs Harbour, this park has 11km of unspoiled beaches, perfect for spotting migrating whales and enjoying fishing, walking and mountain biking in the nearby rainforests.
Yuraygir National Park - Located between Yamba and Coffs Harbour, this park boasts the state's longest stretch of undeveloped coastline, making it ideal for whale watching, camping, swimming and fishing activities.
NSW National Parks encourages people to log their whale sighting using the free Wild About Whales mobile app or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildaboutwhales.
Visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au to find the perfect whale watching vantage point near you.