Whale Watching in NSW

Whale watching is a MUST when holidaying in these NSW locations. We've put together the best times & places for whale watching season.
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Chasing panoramic views at Reflections Holiday Parks Clarkes Beach

Of course we’re talking whales. And specifically, whale watching along the NSW coast.

Between May and August, whales make their way north from icy Antarctica to warmer waters to breed. During the spring, they journey back down the coast with their calves in tow, providing plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of these awesome creatures.

Whilst many types of whale migrate annually,  it’s usually the Humpback and Southern Right whales you’re most likely to see when whale watching NSW.


Byron Bay offers some of the best whale watching around. Stay at Clarkes Beach and look for whales from the sand, then visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse for its far-reaching ocean views. You can also go on a whale watching cruise, or enjoy a sea kayak tour for an unforgettable encounter.

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With its unspoiled beaches and lush vegetation, the Coffs Coast is an idyllic spot for a whale watching adventure. Moonee Beach and the nearby ‘Look at Me Now’ headland walk are standout whale watching spots.  You can also stretch out your sea legs with a whale watching tour from Coffs Harbour.

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A whale of a tail at Reflections Holiday Parks


With ocean lookouts far and wide, whale watching is a popular pastime along the NSW Mid Coast. Bonny Hills in Greater Port Macquarie is perched atop a headland with whale-friendly views. Or stay at Jimmys Beach near Port Stephens and climb nearby Mount Yacaaba to see what you can see.

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Eden was once named by Australian Geographic as Australia’s number one whale watching destination. Go on a whale watching cruise, visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum, or enjoy all the fun of the Eden Whale Festival held each November.

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With locations right along the NSW coastline, Reflections Holiday Parks are perfect for whale watching. You can hike to a nearby headland, enjoy a whale watching cruise, or simply peer through the binoculars from your cabin balcony.