Spotting Giants: Whale Watching in the South Shoalhaven

  • Bawley Point
  • Mollymook
  • Ulladulla
  • Milton
  • Burrill Lake

South Shoalhaven transforms into a prime whale watching location every year in the cooler months. Spotting these majestic creatures migrate along the “Humpback Highway” is an unforgettable experience, and accessible for all.

Covering around 5000kms annually, this whale migration is among the world’s longest journeys undertaken by any mammal. In the early part of the season, the whales are travelling north to warmer waters to give birth, and watching their return trip with newborn calves in tow is a precious sight as the little ones learn to ‘whale’ with the help of their mum’s and family pods. Here’s your guide to making the most of it:

When Should I Go?

Humpback whales grace the coastline during their annual migration from May to November. The peak season falls between June and September, with the highest chance of sightings in July and August.

For a free and scenic option, we recommend Warden Head Lighthouse. This recently refurbished vantage point boasts stunning coastal views and has lots of parking and paved walkways for wheelchairs or walking aids along with safety fencing, which is handy for families with smaller children. There are information signs and photo opportunities galore, and access is free all year round.

During migration season, whales can be seen up close from this vantage point, so bring your phone for amazing Instagram moments. With plenty of walking tracks close by leading to tall headlands, the surrounding area is bursting with other fantastic viewpoints. There are no toilet facilities onsite, so keep your eye out for the public toilets about 500m away at the playing fields on your way down to the Lighthouse.

Other viewing options include Rennies Beach and Bannister Head, although on a good day views are possible from almost any local beach. Don’t forget the many on-water tours available in the area too, including Ulladulla Fishing Charters.

What Should I Bring?

  • Sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses: Sun protection is essential, even in winter.
  • Binoculars: Get a closer look at these magnificent creatures.
  • Camera: Capture those unforgettable moments! Your mobile phone should work, but opt for a camera with a zoom lens if you want a close-up view.
  • Warm clothes (for boat trips): The temperature can drop on the water, so pack a jacket or jumper.
  • Picnic Lunch: The Lighthouse is a great place to stop for lunch. Pack a picnic, or grab a snack on your way through town. Remember to take your rubbish with you.
  • Pro Tip: Download a whale watching app to identify different species and learn more about their fascinating behaviours.
Whale watching in the South Shoalhaven is fun, free, accessible and will be something you remember forever! We love sharing our coastal areas with these gentle giants, we hope you do too.
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A young lady enjoying a South Shoalhaven Walking trail

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