Three of the best places to watch whales in New South Wales

The southeastern state is one of the best places to watch whales feeding, resting and nursing their young in Australia.

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

If Mother Nature is kind – and you picked the right time – you might spot humpback whales heading north to mate and give birth. Grab a coffee and stroll along this iconic 6km walk where you might be lucky enough to see a majestic whale breach. The best places to do this include Clovelly Beach, Gordons Bay and Waverley Cemetery.

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Killer Whale Museum at Eden, Sapphire Coast.

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Killer Whale Museum at Eden, Sapphire Coast.

They call it the Humpback Highway – the stretch along NSW’s Sapphire Coast where thousands of humpback whales make their way to Antarctica every year. About five hours south of Sydney, it’s the place to go to watch whales feeding, resting and nursing their young. No wonder it was named the country’s top whale watching destination by Australian Geographic.

Cape Byron Walking Trail

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay.

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Cape Byron Lighthouse, Byron Bay.

If you find yourself in Byron Bay and need a break from the beaches, put on your walking shoes for the 3.7 km Cape Byron hiking trail. The two-hour loop winds through rainforests and cliff tops and is the best place to spot humpback whales from May to November, when around 25,000 of them sway on their way to and from the Antarctic.

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