BEST whale watching SPOTS
Each year, the waters off Eurobodalla’s coastline become a thoroughfare for migrating whales, providing excellent watching opportunities.
Eurobodalla’s whale watching season runs from September to November. During their southern migration whales are moving slowly and venture so close you can hear their breath as they exhale – scan the waters and you’re likely to be rewarded.
Later in the season, female whales and their newborn calves can be spotted cruising, often just beyond the breakers. The pair of them travelling all that distance – one a giant of around 15m and possibly over 50 years old and the other a tiny 4m and just a few weeks old – is a symbol of hope and reassurance for the future.
You can often spot whales from shore but for a truly exhilarating experience book a whale watching charter.
Whale Watching Tours
Close encounters of the whale kind
From late winter through spring daily whale watching tours depart from Narooma, and depending on whale movements and numbers, also from Batemans Bay.
Your experienced skipper or guide will usually know where to find a pod of whales, often only minutes from the port. There are strict regulations that restrict approaching whales in boats but often these curious ocean mammals will swim right up to stationery vessels for a bit of “people watching” and they don’t mind putting on a bit of a show, so have your camera ready.
View Whales from Land
Look for the tell-tale spout or a splashing breach
Best land vantage points around Narooma are Bar Rock lookout, Dalmeny headland and Carters beach headland at Kianga.
Further north, Broulee Island, Burrewarra Point at Guerilla Bay, Toragy Point at Moruya Heads, and South Head at Batemans Bay.
See a list of suggestions for whale watching from land.
Montague Island & whale watching brochure
A wildlife hotspot
Montague Island is 9kms offshore from Narooma and is a hotspot for wildlife including whales.
Humpbacks, Southern Right and Orcas are regular visitors to these waters.
Download the brochure and find out more about the whales around Montague Island and the other amazing things to see and do on and around this stunning natural wonder.