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Get Wild About Whales at Cape Solander – Kurnell

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Whale Watching Cape Solander
Cape Solander Viewing Platform


Whale watching season is here once again, grab your binoculars, cameras, thick warm jackets, thermos with hot chocolate and take the family out for a day of whale spotting fun!

Wildaboutwhales.com has recently recorded Humpback whales and dolphins heading north passing Cape Solander on Monday 25 and Thursday 28 May 2015.

The annual whale migration starts in May and ends around the end of July.

Last year we visited Cape solander in July and the Whale Migration Study Board at the front of the viewing platform recorded 25 Humpback Whales, lots and lots of Dolphins 'seen today' and 938 whales, 3 Southern rights whales and 25 Minke Whales 'seen this season' to date.

The car park was at full capacity that day, everyone was out trying to spot those 25 humpback whales 'seen today'.

There were definitely plenty of whales about in the distance ocean, if you are patient enough you will spot lots of blowhole activity occurring randomly sprouting here and there and everywhere. It looks like a water fountain blasting into the air creating a mist of clouds above the ocean, it was quite fascinating to witness.

You won't miss a sighting because everyone is on the lookout and when one person spots an activity, there's a roar of excitement and you can pin point the location within seconds.

According to National Parks NSW, the humpback whales have been known to swim as close as 200m from the coast – imagine that?! But I have yet to witness that for myself.

Cape Solander is located within Kamay Botany Bay National Park at Kurnell, it is a natural area with no amenities apart from the undercover shelter of whale watching viewing deck. You will be exposed to the elements and cold strong winds, unless you arrive early enough to get a car parking spot directly facing the ocean – you can enjoy whale watching from the comfort of your car.

Cape Solander viewing deck
Viewing Deck


The views from Cape Solander lookout is spectacular, I love panoramic views of the rugged sandstone escarpment covered with native green scrubs perched high above the roaring waves of the ocean below.

Cape Solander Lookout
Cape Solander Lookout


The Volunteers for the Humpback Whale Migration Study have been recording every passing whale since 2011. The collected data is provided to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPSW) and instantly update the NPWS Wildaboutwhales website.

This website provides up to date status of the whale sightings along the east coast from Jarvis Bay and Shoalhaven towards Sydney and Surrounds up to Port Stephens and beyond. You can plan your trip according to the vantage points you wish to visit and look up the weather, accommodations and things to do around the locality.

How to get there

Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located approximately 40min drive south of Sydney. The main entrance is located off Captain Cook Drive at the Solander Drive intersection on the right where the large anchor sculpture is located. Next to it are the pay station machines, you can pay the $7 daily National Park fees per vehicle here or inside at the Information Centre near Captain Cook's Landing place.

Kamay Botany Bay National Park Entrance
Kamay Botany Bay National Park Entrance


Shuttle buses to Cape Solander for whale watching season is available from the information centre, enquire within.

Kamay Botany Bay National Park Visitor Centre
Kamay Botany Bay National Park Visitor Centre


The information centre also provides toilet amenities, a café, many grassy picnic spots and plenty of benches along the beach to relax and unwind.

If you are up for it, the Burrawang 1.1km loop walking track is an easy stroll which takes you pass the welcome wall, the meeting place, Bank's Memorial, Ferry Shelter Shed and Captain Cook's Landing Place.

The Captain Cook's Landing Place is a heritage listed site, it is where Captain James Cook landed at Botany Bay's Inscription Point in 1770.

Burrawang Loop Track
Burrawang Loop Track


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Why? Whale watching fun for the whole family
When: May through to August
Where: Cape Solander Kamay Botany Bay National Park - Kurnell
Cost: $7 Park Fee
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