Sydney’s Eastern suburbs are blessed with a number of fantastic whale watching spots. Many are easily accessible by car or public transport, while some require a bit more of a hike, but are worth the trouble. Find the full list below:

Hornby Lighthouse South Head Sydney

South Head Walking Track

Address: Corner of Victoria Street and Cliff Sreet, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Located near Camp Cove Beach in Watsons Bay, the headland is only a short walk from the parking area with great uninterrupted views of the harbour and coastline. There’s also an historic lighthouse and military gun emplacements along the walk. Check the page for details on the best whale watching times.


Gap Park & Signal Hill Reserve

Address: Gap Road, Watsons Bay, NSW 2030
Probably one of the most well known whale watching spots in the Eastern Suburbs, Gap Park attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. It’s also a good bird watching spot and boasts historic relics and shipwrecks.


Lighthouse Reserve

Address: Old South Head Road, Vaucluse,NSW 2030
Just south of Gap Park this narrow reserve houses the iconic Macquarie Lighthouse and has some good views out to the ocean. Less popular than Gap Park it can be a good option looking to avoid the crowds.


Rodney Reserve

Address: Rodney St, Dover Heights NSW 2030
A smaller park but with some good vantage points north and south. Rodney Reserve is flat and expansive though lacking in many amenities.


Ray O’Keefe Reserve / Sam Fiszman Park (Ben Buckler Point)

Address: Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026
Located on the headland above North Bondi Beach, Ben Buckler Point boasts dramatic views year round. For Whale watching, you’re guaranteed panoramas south towards Tamarama with good elevation and little interruption, as well as northward views. It’s also close to shops and amenities making it more amenable for families than some of the other hot spots.

Marks Park  Tamarama Sculpture By The Sea

Marks Park

Address: Fletcher Street & Marks Lane, Tamarama NSW 2026
The high elevation of Marks Park and uninterrupted views from the edge make this a popular whale watching site with easy access from Bondi and Tamarama. It’s one of several sites along the Bondi To Coogee Walk but probably best known as the park that hosts a lot of artwork during Sculpture By The Sea.

Burrows Park

Burrows Park 

Address: Ocean Street, Clovelly NSW 2031
North of Clovelly Beach is has enough elevation to provide good vantage out to sea. Can get quite busy though due to it’s easy access and being located along the Bondi To Coogee Walk.


Jack Vanny Reserve

Address: Marine Parade, Maroubra NSW 2035
Perhaps lacking the elevation of some of the other spots, it’s none the less a good option with easy access by car just north of Maroubra Beach.

South Maroubra Beach Maroubra

Magic Point, South Maroubra Beach

Address: Corner Marine Parade and Fitzgerald Ave, Maroubra NSW 2035
A popular dive spot known for grey nurse sharks, as well as for seabird watching. Park at the Maroubra Beach carpark and follow the fisherman’s trail south to the easternmost point of the headland. Stay on the trek at all times as the interior is used as a firing range. A bit of a trek, but a unique vantage point is your reward.

Cape Banks Botany Bay National Park

Cape Banks, Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Address: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, La Perouse.
An hour’s hike from the Anzac Parade Loop via the Henry’s Head Walking Track, Cape Banks is a windswept headland at the mouth of Botany Bay. While it might not have the elevation of some of the other points the sheer drama of it’s location and general panorama make it a pretty unique experience.


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