Whale watching is something that most people want to do, or have done, at some point in their lives. And is there any wonder?
Seeing a whale up close from the shore can be an amazing experience - especially if they put on a show of acrobatics and launch their huge bodies out of the water as they breach, tail-slap, spy-hop and blow their way along the coast. It is a sight to behold.
Between May and November - whale watching season in NSW - humpback whales, southern right whales, minke whales, blue whales, sperm whales and orcas all make the journey from the cold waters of the south to the warmer waters of the north to breed before heading back again with calves in tow.
To help whale watchers - and locals and visitors in general - make the most of the season, the NSW National Parks has launched "Wild About Whales", a program aimed at encouraging people to get out and explore the numerous national parks along the state's coastline.
Wild About Whales includes a website, a smartphone app and social media accounts to help nature lovers track the whales in real time, post their own pictures - and even plan and book holidays along the coast.
* This article is published as part of a commercial agreement between NSW National Parks and Fairfax Media.