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The Best Whale Watching Spots in Sydney

Enjoy a glorious wildlife encounter with this edit of the best whale watching spots in Sydney.

Cape Solander (Image Credit: @alvinfutography via

The unadulterated joy of an animal encounter cannot be overestimated. Seeing wild animals in their natural environments is always a thrill and here in Sydney we're lucky to be able to easily view one of the most incredible spectacles of all - the annual NSW whale migration. Beginning in May, the whales start to make their way north with whale watching ops peaking around June and July and the full season running through until November. A great, low-cost winter activity, whale watching in Sydney is a top pick for a relaxing weekend. If you're not sure where to start, read on for the best whale watching spots in Sydney...

Cape Solander (Image Credit: John Spencer)

Cape Solander

With sheer sandstone cliffs and panoramic ocean views, Cape Solander is a delight any time of year. But come May to October you've got a whole lot more to be excited about. You can hike your way along the Cape Bailey track if you like to be on the move or settle in for spotting from the Cape Solander viewing platforms. Whales have been known to come in as close as 200 meters so if you're lucky you'll be in for a show. There's also a whale counting station that tracks how many whales have been spotted each day. 

Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park 

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk

Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Beach 

Knock two bucket list experiences off your list this weekend with a hike up to the iconic Barrenjoey lighthouse. From the epic vantage point on the prominent headland, you're in the perfect spot position for a spot of whale watching. The historic sandstone lighthouse is a draw in its own right but the real thrill will come when you see splashing offshore. With a great vantage point comes distance - if you've got some, be sure to bring a pair of binoculars for your best chance at spotting migrating whales. 

Sitchu Tip: Fuel up after a morning spot with lunch at Barrenjoey House Palm Beach

1199D Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach 

North Head (Image Credit: John Spencer)

North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park 

The low-lying heath and exposed clifftops of North Head provide uninterrupted opportunities for whale spotting. If you're up for a walk, the Fairfax Walk has multiple lookouts scattered along its route - Burragula and Yiningma offer particularly great viewpoints. 

Sydney Harbour National Park 

Wedding Cake Rock

Royal National Park 

Nip down ton Sydney's South for whale watching ops aplenty in the Royal National Park. With a heap of coastal tracks, you'll be able to hike in the crisp, cool winter air whilst keeping an eye out for ocean friends. The Curra Moors loop track, Wedding Cake Rock and any part of The Coast Track will have you in prime positions to catch a glimpse of breaching whales. 

Hornby Lighthouse (Image Credit: NSW National Parks)

Hornby Lighthouse 

If you're only up for a small jaunt, head to Hornby Lighthouse for a great vantage point. You'll get to tick the iconic red and white lighthouse off your list whilst scoping the ocean for gentle giants. A weekend well spent! 

South Head Heritage Trail, Watsons Bay 

If you loved this edit of the best whale watching spots in Sydney and are looking for more outdoor adventures to embark on, be sure to check out our guide to the Royal National Park and the best walks in the Blue Mountains

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