3. Caves Beach Walk
A haven for whale watching, the picturesque Caves Beach Walk – which traverses the clifftops south from Caves Beach to secluded Pinny Beach in the Wallarah National Park – is an easy walking trail ideal for observing the northern migration between May and July. The trail features plenty of lookouts where you can enjoy a closer view, while the southern end of the beach is home to a famous group of sea caves that shouldn’t be missed and are perfect for exploring at low tide.
4. Ken and Audrey Owens Walk
A community-created coastal walkway through restored bushland, The Ken & Audrey Owens Walkway is split into two sections, with one direction taking in Redhead Lagoon and the other heading to Webb Park. With a concrete and timber boardwalk suitable for wheelchairs and prams, this is a fabulous family-friendly option for those keen to catch a glimpse of the whales in action all the way down to Norah Head from the easily accessible viewpoint in the Owens Walkway car park.
5. The view from the sky
For an entirely different way to whale watch, Skyline Aviation operates helicopter joy flights departing from Lake Macquarie Airport and taking in the sights of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the coastline from Umina Beach and Terrigal past Caves Beach, Blacksmiths, Redhead and Bar Beach all the way to Newcastle Harbour.
6. Up close and personal
For the ultimate up-close-and-personal experience with the migrating whales, hop aboard a Nova Whale Watching Tour with Nova Cruises to enjoy an unforgettable almost three-hour voyage with plenty of opportunities to get close to playful dolphin pods, sea birds, seals and humpback whales. In the unlikely event you don’t spot a whale, they’ll offer you another cruise free of charge.
To book your 2018 trip to Lake Macquarie, visit visitlakemac.com.au or call 1800 802 044.