Top 6 whale watching spots for bushwalkers
Spot passing whales as you journey on foot through our unspoilt wilderness, it's a migration that reunites us every year.
Perfectly positioned for short stays from Canberra, Gippsland and the South Coast, our coastal villages are the perfect base for a unique coastal adventure with the whales.
What to take? Water, a snack, your camera or binoculars, a smart device (Down load the Wild About Whales App before you go so you can log sightings), and wear comfortable clothing, with a weatherproof layer on top.
If you are bringing the kids, see our tips here.
1. Kangarutha Walking Track, Bournda National Park.
At 9 kilometres it’s not our longest walk, but it is one of the most challenging day walks. The reward? Access to the most remote and rugged headlands between Merimbula and Tathra.
Enjoy the views from towering cliff tops, descend through pockets of rainforest and look for animal footprints on small secluded beaches. If you like to set a brisk pace you can do this in 3.5 hours each way, but if you plan on taking it a little slower leave 5 hours. Or, do the walk in stages. Try Kianinny Bay at Tathra to Boulder Bay (1.7kms) or Wallagoot Lake Boat Club to Turingal Head (1.8km).
2 Haycock Point to Barmouth Beach, Ben Boyd National Park
An easy grade 4.8km return walk that takes about two hours and will immerse you in the beauty of Ben Boyd National Park.
Situated in the northern part of the park, the path leads north along the coast to Broadwater estuary. The track takes you through woodlands and windswept coastal heath, with excellent vantage points on rugged headlands and cliffs offering.
A vibrant landscape, it’s also home to echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and goannas. Get directions & read more.
3 Tura Beach Headland
A 2km round trip, the track lures you through tall coastal heath before you reach the geological wonder that is Tura Beach Headland.
It’s a narrow, long headland that offers spectacular views to the north and south. This is a great walk for kids (and pets).
Click here for directions.
4 Wallaga Lake to Bermagui Coastal Walk 9km
This 9km track takes you through some spectacular coastal landscapes. Explore local icons like Paynes Island (Wallaga Lake Bridge) Bermagui Blue Pool, Murunna Point, Camel Rock, and Horseshoe Bay (where a southern right whale calf was born in 2014) and Dickinson Point.
Several entry/exit points allow for shorter walks or the fit can try the whole 9km.
You can also stay in Bermagui overnight, and continue the walk south along beaches and headlands to Cuttagee Lake & Beach (also 9km).
For more information, drop into the Bermagui Visitor Information Centre in Bunga Street of Bermagui or phone 02 6493 3054.
5 Wajurda Point, Mimosa Rocks National Park
This short walk begins at Moon Bay carpark, and leads you through eucalypt forest and coastal heath to a small but breathtaking lookout. The panoramic views of the coast and Nelson Beach are quite a treat. In fact it’s a coastal quartet that makes for a fabulous day at the beach.
Back at the car park, you can take the steps down to the blue waters of the tiny Moon Bay (500m return) then drive down to Nelson’s Beach for a picnic.
For directions, click here.
6 Green Cape Lighthouse to Pulpit Rock
If you don’t have the time to do a 30km Light to Light Walk between Boyd’s Tower and Green Cape Light House you can have a taste of it on this 4 kilometre section. The whales come so close to this promontory that you can hear them breathe as they feed and splash about.
The walk takes you from the splendid light house to Pulpit Rock, which sits high over the ocean and gives you incredible views almost all the way to Eden. It’s one of our most expansive views.
Pack a picnic for this one, Green Cape is about 45 kilometres south of Eden and you won’t want to leave in a hurry. There are also tours of the light house, and accommodation in the refurbished keeper’s cottages. Directions here.
The Light to Light is a 32 kilometre walk. More information here.
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