Whale Watching Central Coast

whale watching central coast, Captain Cook Lookout, Copacabana

Winter means whale watching time on the Central Coast, NSW and we are looking forward to getting out to the coast for some whale spotting.

There are a number of great vantage points to check out as the whales meander by our beautiful coastline, travelling north in their annual migration to warmer waters.

Gazing out at the big blue ocean is somewhat mesmerising as you try to pick out the movement in the water and just as you think there are no whales out there some pop up right below you!

This was our experience at the Captain Cook lookout at Copacabana this week.

Sitting high on the northern headland of Copacabana beach the lookout offers a great vantage point of the coastline.

Captain Cook lookout, Copacabana, whale watching, central coast, NSW

Access to the Captain Cook lookout is via Del Monte Pl, Copacabana, then a short walk from the carpark up a set of stairs. The viewing platform has two metal barriers and one glass panelled side which cleverly allows for kids to join in and try some whale spotting too!

Other key vantage points along the Central Coast are the Crackneck lookout in the Wyrrabalong National Park 

Crackneck Lookout Wyrrabalong National Park Central Coast whale watching

Or the viewing platforms at the Haven, Terrigal.

Terrigal Haven, Central Coast, NSW, Whale Watching

The top of the Norah Head Lighthouse provides a great vantage point. You can reach the top of the Lighthouse on a tour.

Norah Head Lighthouse Central Coast Weekender

Wild about Whales app

Did you know that the National Parks and Wildlife Service has a dedicated website all about whale watching in NSW and there is even a free app that allows you to check out recent whale sightings and to share your own sightings with other users of the app. Sounds like a great way to add to your whale watching fun.

What to take

Winter on the coastline is chilly so don’t forget your jacket and beanie to keep you toasty warm whilst you are scanning the ocean.

Binoculars are handy too. We didn’t have any when we headed out to Captain Cook lookout  but having some with you means you can zero in closer on the whales to really appreciate the beauty of these amazing creatures.

Patience! You need some to enjoy whale watching, they are elusive at times.


If you want to immerse yourself in all things whale watching on the Central Coast there are some great events scheduled.


  • National Parks & Wildlife Service Whale Census  on Sunday 25 June 2017 at Crackneck lookout, Wyrrabalong National Park. Come along and aid in recording whale sightings in this one day event which captures data on whale movements all around Australia.


  • The grounds of the Norah Head Lighthouse play host to the Whale Dreamers Festival on Sunday 2nd July 2017. An event that celebrates the wonders of the whale and efforts to support the conservation of the species with talks, displays, stalls and entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to dress in blues and greens or come as their favourite marine creature to join in the festival parade. Food and beverage vendors available on the day.

We hope you get the chance to get out and do some whale spotting this winter. If you would like to share other top spots to whale watch drop us a comment and we will add it to the post

Happy whale watching!

Central Coast Weekender Jen and Allie

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