Top spots to see the humpback highway

Now is the time to watch whales along the Clarence Coast. Image: NPWS

Now is the time to watch whales along the Clarence Coast. Image: NPWS


With an estimated 24,000 whales migrating along the NSW coastline this year, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is encouraging everyone to visit a coastal national park to catch all the action.
NPWS wildlife management officer Geoff Ross said now was the perfect time to head to one of the north coast’s spectacular lookouts, headlands or foreshores, to experience a record number of whales enjoying their natural playground.
“The waters off our coastline are currently very busy with whales on their annual migration,” he said.
“Some whales are still making their way northward to the warmer waters off Queensland, for breeding, whilst some are already on their southbound journey towards Antarctica, with their new calves in tow.
“Whales heading south often hug the coastline to nurture and train their offspring in calmer waters, providing a great opportunity for people to see these magnificent creatures from a national park.
“Humpbacks and southern right whales are the most commonly sighted, but people may also spot minke, even blue whales and orcas,” he said.
NPWS recommends these top whale watching vantage points along the Clarence Coast: Brooms Head, Sandon River headland, Red Cliff, Angourie Point; Yamba Pilot Hill and Iluka Bluff – whales can also be spotted from much of the Yuraygir Coastal Walk, linking Angourie Surfing Reserve and Red Rock.

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