Whale, hello there!
Wanting to catch a glimpse of the gentle giants of the sea? Early May is a great time to spot the first whales of the annual migration off Kiama’s stunning coastline.
As the season commences, you can expect to see humpback and southern right whales from our unique shoreline vantage points, but make sure you also keep an eye out for rarer species such as minke, sperm and even blue whales.
From May through November tens of thousands of whales migrate along the New South Wales coast, starting their journey from the cold waters of the Antarctic travelling north, then heading back down south later in the year.
This offers plenty of time to catch sight of many a whale’s tail and spouts of spray, but if you’re lucky you might even catch them breaching or flopping their flippers on the surface of the ocean. The world of words that come with whales – breaching, lob-tailing, spy-hopping – are brought to life in front of you when you visit the Kiama area!
From Gerroa in the south, past the iconic Blowhole, and toward Minnamurra in the north, the area offers a trail of breathtaking on-shore spots, promising a front-row seat to nature at its wildest and most wonderful.
Grab a coffee, and check out the list below for some picture-perfect spots to sit and watch the whales go by:
- Black Head Reserve
- Gerringong Whale Watching Platform
- Blowhole Point
- Kiama Harbour
- Bombo Headland
- Minnamurra Whale Watching Platform
If you’re seeking a little more movement, try taking on the famous Kiama Coast Walk or one of the great tours on offer – just remember to keep your eyes on the ocean, peeled for those telling tail splashes.
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During the migration season, whales can pass by at any time, so download the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s Wild About Whales app to keep up-to-date with the latest local sightings.
While you’re visiting our beautiful area, please respect the local community by continuing to implement COVID-Safe practices such as physical distancing, wearing a mask and regular hand washing. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home and seek medical advice.
Header Image Photo Credit: Lachlan Hall