Best Places to Whale Watch Wollongong & Illawarra. Spot Majestic Whales from May – November Here…

Where to Whale Watch in Wollongong & NSW South Coast. Each year from May to November, more than 40,000 humpback and southern right whales migrate up and down the NSW South Coast. Let us at What’s on in Wollongong show the best Whale Watching vantage points in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Illawarra and further down NSW South Coast. Here are the best ways to find and watch for whales. Witnessing these magical giants at play is awe inspiring….

Also before we start, there is some great news, our Whale population is actually growing again, yay!

1. Whale Watching Cruise – Shellharbour

For the Ultimate Experience in getting close to these stunning creatures, we highly recommend Shellharbour Wild Whale Watching Cruises that run from May – November. Starting at $49 for a child and $79 for an adult, plus save on family passes, none of you will forget this bucket list nature-filled experience! You can buy gift cards too, perfect for birthdays and special occasions. Let the magic of whales inspire you on this cruise. They also run Whale Spotting tours out of Jervis Bay which is about one hour south of Shellharbour.

Best Places to Whale Watch Wollongong & Illawarra

2. Bald Hill Lookout

Located in Stanwell Tops, Bald Hill offers panoramic views of the coastline and is known as one of the best vantage points for whale watching in the region. It’s easily accessible by car and offers both northern and southern viewing points. You’ll be high up so choose as clear day for best views and bring your binoculars!

3. Kiama

Just 25 minutes south of Wollongong, Kiama is another excellent spot for whale watching. Go out to the blowhole for the best views. Or, the Kiama Coastal Walk winds round the whole coast to Gerringong, offer so many glorious vantage points along its route. Pack a picnic or enjoy one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants in this vibey coastal town.

3. Wollongong Lighthouse

Located at Flagstaff Point, Wollongong Head Lighthouse offers a great vantage point for whale watching, especially during the winter migration season. Enjoy the Blue Mile Walk around the Harbour whilst you are there.

4. Steamers Bar & Grill Wollongong

Best Places to Whale Watch Wollongong & Illawarra

Like your whale watching with delish food, drinks and a relaxed vibe overlooking the ocean? Steamers Bar & Grill is a wonderful choice overlooking City Beach – perfect for whale spotting with a beer or vino in hand!

5. Sublime Point Lookout

This lookout, located in Bulli Tops, provides breathtaking views of the coastline and is another popular spot for whale watching. You’ll only really see the big breaches from this high vantage point, but the epic views are worth the trip! If you like fancy lunch with your whale spotting, try the divine Altitude 1148 which offers stunning coastal views

6. Sea Cliff Bridge

Best Places to Whale Watch Wollongong & Illawarra

While primarily a scenic drive, the Sea Cliff Bridge offers several vantage points for whale watching along the way. Pull over at either end and walk the bridge whilst watching for whales. Read more about Sea Cliff Bridge here.

Remember to bring binoculars, wear sunscreen, and pack some snacks and water for your whale watching adventure. Additionally, consider checking local whale watching reports or contacting Shellharbour Whale Cruises for the most up-to-date information on whale sightings in the area.

7. The Imperial at Clifton

Best Places to Whale Watch Wollongong & Illawarra

The Imperial at Clifton is the perfect viewing location for the avid Whale watcher, perched high on the clifftop, providing the perfect view! With breathtaking views, amazing food and loads of history, there is a little something for everyone at The Imperial at Clifton. Catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures from the comfort of their dining room or their open air back deck.

We offer our gratitude and deep respect to the lands, waters and skies of Dharawal Country. We stand in solidarity with its traditional custodians, the Dharawal and Wodi Wodi people, whose sovereignty was never ceded.

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