Do you know it is whale watching season?

From June to August, Southern Right and Humpback Whales migratory patterns make the NSW coastline Australia’s best place to watch whales, from Green Cape to Cape Byron.

I had no idea that 10 mins from Cronulla at Cape Solander, I could watch whales at one of the best spots on the coast until I read a blog about it. Cape Solander is at Kurnell, just around the point from Captain Cook’s Landing Place and part of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. There is a shuttle bus that takes you from the information office in the National Park out to Cape Solander or you can walk the 800m level walking track. At the information desk when we arrived at 11am the tally board for the morning was already at 60 dolphins, 24 humpback whales and 1 seal!

  • Did you know that Humpbacks migrate around 5000km on average?
  • Humpback Whales are 14 – 18m in length, adults weight up to 50 tonnes
  • Southern Right Whales are much rarer than Humpbacks.
  • A newborn Humpback calf can gain up to 90kg per day!

The first thing we spotted was what I thought was a diver but the National Parks specialist told us it was actually a seal, with one arm out cooling itself! It took about 15 mins before we saw 2 whales far out to sea but none were close and we had forgotten the binoculars. I think the rule is the early bird catches the whale sightings in this case but we enjoyed sitting on the rocks looking out at the spectacular view and enjoying the sunshine.

We have decided to come back next Sunday early and try again, this time with binoculars and picnic basket.

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