Each year humpback whales and southern right whales make an epic journey to Queensland waters to breed. Then in the northern hemisphere spring they head back to  Antarctic waters with their newborns.

At these times of year visitors flock to Booderee to try and catch a glimpse of these enchanting, impressive creatures in the waters of Jervis Bay.

The whales don’t disappoint. Large pods often appear, and whales regularly come into the bays and close to shore where they breach and play, with their calves close by. You may even spot a ‘heat run’ where a group of males chase a female, pushing, jostling, head-butting and fin-butting as they compete for attention.

Booderee National Park has the highest sea cliffs on the Australian east coast, so we have some excellent vantage points. A great place to whale-watch is from the ruins of the Cape St George lighthouse, or you can head out to sea with a whale-watching boat cruise like Jervis Bay Wild or Dolphin Watch Cruises.

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A humpback whale playing in Jervis Bay
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Credit Maree Clout | Jervis Bay Through My Eyes
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Credit Maree Clout | Jervis Bay Through My Eyes

Whale watching begins in early June at Booderee (for the northern migrations) and again in October and November, as they return south with their young.

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A ‘heat run’ at Booderee showed an awful lot of splashing!

 

You will probably also see many of our other native animals, like dolphins, seals, kangaroos, joeys, brightly coloured parrots, and maybe a white-bellied sea eagle.

 

Thank you to Maree Clout of Jervis Bay Through My Eyes for allowing use of her images. Please check out her amazing photography on her Facebook page.