With whale watching season is right around the corner, and Lake Macquarie is at the centre of the action, here are some of the best spots to view nature’s most magnificent mammals as they flip and frolic off the east Australian coastline…just 90 minutes from central Sydney.
Between May and November, the Pacific Coast migration runs from south to north, then back again as humpback whales seek warmer waters to wait out the winter months, so bring your binoculars, snacks and camera to catch the experience of these incredible creatures.
Do not miss the incredible sights from Redhead Bluff, a rocky headland boasting views that reach across the ocean and south over Nine Mile Beach towards Blacksmiths Beach and Swansea – a prime spot that’s got the lot.
You’ll find the Awabakal Viewpoint along a walk through the Awabakal Nature Reserve from Dudley south through coastal heath and forest to Redhead. The viewpoint itself offers panoramic views to the north, and the walk is full of spectacular wildflowers between July and October.
Caves Beach Coastal Walk
The picturesque Caves Beach Coastal Walk is a top spot for whale watching. Caves Beach Coastal Walk crosses the clifftops south from Caves Beach to secluded Pinny Beach in the Wallarah National Park.
Ken & Audrey Owens Walk
A community-created coastal walkway through restored bushland, The Ken & Audrey Owens Walkway is split into two sections, one direction taking in Redhead Lagoon and heading to Webb Park. With a concrete and timber boardwalk suitable for wheelchairs and prams, this is a fabulous family-friendly option for those keen to catch a glimpse of the whales in action from the easily accessible viewpoint in the Owens Walkway car park.
To learn more about Lake Macquarie and find where to stay when you visit, please see: visitlakemac.com.au