Whale watching at Cape Solander

Cape Solander

The views are breathtaking

It’s pretty hard to ignore these incredible views. At Cape Solander the views go on and on. And they are jaw dropping. Sandstone cliffs that make you feel both small and amazingly alive at the same time.

Along with these views come the AMAZING whales that migrate along the Eastern Australian coastline between late May/June and July each year. The whales then migrate back down the coast in September 

I love coming here during whale season. I cannot tell you the thrill of spotting a whale. On weekends it is a busy place, but not in a bad way. It’s like a community of like minded people all getting together. Everyone so excited when someone spots a whale in the distance.

Everyone should visit Cape Solander even just once. And here’s four reasons why!

It’s the best place to see whales in Sydney!

Cape Solander Lookout

The rock ledge can get pretty busy – it now has a safety fence around it 

I wish I had an awesome whale to put picture here, but alas my photography skills belie me.

Instead imagine sitting on this amazing rock ledge, the sun is shining, the air is slightly crisp.

Everyone around you is chatting and enjoying a picnic and then you see someone looking and pointing and there it is…..a mighty humpback whale. Or perhaps even two or three of these amazing creatures. Migrating on a journey they have traveled for thousands of years.

It’s awesome.

The whales are obviously pretty far away, so bring binoculars if you have any. If you really use your imagination you can see some splashes in the distance of this photo which in fact are the ‘blow’ from whales!

Along this migration path you will mainly see Humpback and Southern Right Whales. Occasionally an Orca (Killer Whale) is spotted and Minkes and Giant Blue Whales. 

The annual whale migration tally is conducted from Cape Solander. So you will also find a volunteer area where volunteers count the whales that pass by. The volunteer station also has some great information boards. Have a chat with the friendly volunteers if they aren’t busy – they are a great source of information.

The whale migration tally is counted at Cape Solander

The views are astounding

Where to see Whales in Sydney

Deep blue water and sandstone cliffs

Even if it isn’t whale season it is still definitely worth while stopping by Cape Solander. The views are really magnificent and truly do take your breath away.

The sandstone itself is also amazing – make sure to look down and around. The rockpools, the ripples, the way that the forces of nature have shaped this beautiful place.

Please take heed of the new safety fence

Try out one of the trails

Cape Solander Baily Trail

The Baily Trail 

The main track at Cape Solander is the Cape Baily Track. This walk has many different trails of varying lengths that visitors can choose to walk.

Note: the area is obviously very high, rocky, and with cliffs. Take care when walking, check the weather before you head out, tell someone where you are going and take water and a phone.

Pick a trail

Stop by Yena Bay Picnic Area next door

Cape Solander Yena Bay

More amazing views at Yena Bay

Yena Bay Picnic area is also located on Cape Solander Drive, just down from the main Cape Solander Lookout.

Stop by for a different vista. There are some grassy areas here and also a picnic table. I think you might have to get in quick to get a spot on a weekend though!

Not a bad picnic view

What to bring

For the best whale watching experience don’t forget the following:

  • Binoculars if you have any
  • Jacket in case it is cold or windy
  • A picnic chair or rug and provisions
  • Water
  • Love and Patience

Wild about Whales App

The Wild about Whales App is great. It is managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and is a community app where everyone can load whale sightings. Download it for information on other hotspots, whale sightings and maps.

Safety

At Cape Solander visitors are permitted to sit on the rock ledge. However, there were two fatalities at this spot in 2018 with visitors taking photos too close to the edge. A security rope is now in place with all visitors required to respect it.

Freedays Summary

  • Entry: Free
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes, in parts
  • Free carparking: No, car parking is $8.00 per car, per day
  • Free BBQ facilities: No, BBQs are available at the Visitors Centre
  • Time to spend here: 1 hour to all day
  • Food available: No
  • Address: Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW 2231
  • Further details: Visit Kamay Botany Bay National Park directory listing

 

 

 

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