Whale hot spots for New South Wales

The whale-watching season starts in late May as these gentle creatures undertake their annual migration along the coast of New South Wales. The two most commonly seen large whales are the humpback (migrating north in June and July) and the southern right whale (returning south during winter). Some popular spots to see whales from shore are:

  • Cape Byron Conservation Area, Byron Bay
  • Crowdy Bay National Park, north of Taree
  • Tomaree National Park, Port Stephens
  • Jervis Bay National Park and Marine Park and the waters of Huskisson
  • Mollymook and Narrawallee Beach and coastal waters off Ulladulla
  • Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden

Alternatively, join a whale-watching cruise from any number of locations along the coast, such as:
Solitary Islands Marine Park, off the coast at Coffs Harbour – the islands provide shelter for the whales, close to the shore.

Port Stephens – one of the most popular spots in the state for whale-watching.

Jervis Bay – Watch whales,  dolphins and other marine park wildlife in their natural environment from a comfortable and stable catamaran with three level all round indoor and outdoor panoramic viewing areas.

Take a cruise on the largest Whale Watching vessel on the South Coast of NSW, offering 5 viewing decks from our 17 metre tripple deck Catamaran. More Details

Jervis Bay provides some of the best whale watching opportunities along the east coast of Australia.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australians are closely linked to the sea through commerce, defence, exploration, adventure, sport and play. Our oceans and waterways have influenced our development…and who we are.

The museum captures these themes with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water. Explore today!

The Australian National Maritime Museum, on the western shore of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, is in a lively heritage precinct with many attractions. The distinctive main building, with a roofline evoking waves and sails, houses exhibitions that:

  • explore Australia’s links with the sea
  • consider how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia.

These exhibitions are themed, ranging from Indigenous lore and European seafaring to aquatic sport and the maritime defence of our shores.

Australian National Maritime Museum

City of Canada Bay Museum Concord Sydney

The City of Canada Bay Museum SydneyWelcome to the Concord Heritage Society displays of the history of the area – the former municipalities of Concord and Drummoyne.

Our kitchen (1930-1950 vintage) delights both young and old.  It brings back many memories for the older generations and intrigues the younger ones.

Toys from a bygone era also fascinate the children. But one of our most important displays is of the lawn mowers.

iconic Aussie rotary mowerHave you ever wondered where the iconic Aussie rotary mower, the Victa, originated?  

Mervyn Victor Richardson took “borrowing your neighbour’s lawn mower” to a whole new level when he laid eyes on the petrol-driven rotary mower designed by his neighbour, Lawrence Hall, a Marine Engineer, in 1948.   Visit our museum to learn more.

The City of Canada Bay MuseumTo really appreciate what is on offer you need to come and see for yourself.  

We are at 1 Bent Street, Concord.

Opening Hours:  Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission FREE.  Donations appreciated.

Chain Gang – Convicts

As many as 50,000 convicts transported to New South Wales from around the old British Empire spent some time at the Barracks.

Based at the Barracks, they provided the labour and skills that built the colony. Later the old building was a temporary home for thousands of female immigrants and infirm or destitute women. By the turn of the 20th century its rooms and corridors echoed to the sound of lawyers, clerks and a range of public servants working at a variety of jobs from providing law courts to public services like the vaccine institute and government printer. Today it is a museum of its own history and a window into our past.

Today it is a museum of its own history and a window into our past.


Booderee National Park – Jervis Bay

Booderee National Park has been named one of the nation’s 10 most outstanding protected areas with The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -Australia Top 10 awards.

Booderee National Park lies 170 kilometres south of Sydney in Jervis Bay. Booderee is an Aboriginal word from the Dhurga language meaning ‘bay of plenty’ or ‘plenty of fish.’ The Park covers more than 6000 hectares on land and sea and is leased by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council to the Director of National Parks.

Local rangers and traditional owners work together in protecting and opening up Jervis Bay to visitors from throughout Australia with outstanding achievements in biodiversity heritage and environment conservation.

The reserves are selected for their exceptional contributions to Australia’s National Reserve System and their national significance in protecting key components of biodiversity, including rare or threatened species and ecosystems, and places of outstanding species richness.

Booderee makes an outstanding contribution to Australia’s National Reserve System, a continent–wide network of protected areas, protecting Australia’s unique landscapes, plants and animals for future generations.

Booderee National Park, was handed back to the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in 1995. It is one of only three National Parks in Australia owned by Aboriginal people – the others are Uluru and Kakadu in the Northern Territory. The 6,000-hectare park offers walking trails to several beaches, a well-established botanic garden of native plants and ferns and abundant bird life and fauna.

 Booderee Walking Trails

Discover Goulburn — Australia’s first inland city

Heritage abounds in Goulburn & Surrounds! Visit the magnificent St Saviour’s Cathedral, take a tour through the historic Hume family home ‘Garroorigang’ or the National Trust’s Twynam family estate ‘Riversdale’.

With so much more to see and do in Goulburn & Surrounds for the history buff, be sure to contact the friendly staff at Goulburn Visitor Information Heritage abounds in Goulburn & Surrounds!

St Saviour's Cathedral GoulburnVisit the magnificent St Saviour’s Cathedral, take a tour through the historic Hume family home ‘Garroorigang’ or the National Trust’s Twynam family estate ‘Riversdale’.

Standing sentinel over the city is the Goulburn War Memorial and Museum on Rocky Hill, providing unparalleled views of the City and district. The museum features a valuable collection of artefacts including a door from Changi prison.

The Remembrance Library at Mulwaree High School houses a militaria collection of over 5,000 acquisitions from the Vietnam War back to the NZ Maori War (open by appointment).

Take a step back in time when you visit the historic Goulburn Brewery. Designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway, it is the oldest working industrial complex in Australia. Allow some time to do a self-guided or guided tour and sample the traditionally brewed ales.

Goulburn Railway StationNearby you’ll find Goulburn’s Rail Heritage Centre where you can have a guided tour of the railway workshop and 1918 roundhouse where veteran locomotives and rollingstock are under restoration.

For the engine and steam enthusiasts, be sure to visit when the Goulburn Historic Waterworks is steaming (approx. monthly and by prior arrangement).

Goulburn was one of the first regional centres to supply piped drinking water to its residents and the beam engine installed in 1883 remains fully operational.

You can trace your family history in Goulburn at the St Clair Folk Museum and Archives or at the Regional History Reading Room with a specialist librarian in the Goulburn Branch Library. There are many local history bookCentre on free call 1800 353 646 or visit:

Goulburn Heritage Tourism Walks and Tours

Take a step back in time on one of the self-guided heritage walks throughout the city of Goulburn, NSW. Many of the fine old buildings, built by our forefathers, have survived modernisation and can be discovered on one of the easy self-guided heritage walking tours.

Learn about Goulburn’s origins as Australia’s first inland city or discover the Goulburn of the 1890s authoress Miles Franklin, who famously wrote ‘My Brilliant Career’. The Miles Franklin’s self-guided tour commemorates Miles’ years as a resident in the Goulburn district. It features many of the sites mentioned in her books and journals and identifies places that she would have recognised in her numerous trips to the city.

The first steam railway in Australia was not a project of the NSW Government; nor was it a Sydney venture. The first steam railway was conceived in Goulburn and built by a private enterprise company controlled by Goulburn interests.

A special self-guided tour identifying Goulburn’s significant rail heritage sites has been created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of rail in NSW.

This tour begins at the old Goulburn Brewery that was established by the founding Director of the Sydney Railway Co.

Another self-guided tour that commences at the Brewery is the Governor Macquarie Historic Walking Trail along the Mulwaree Chain of Ponds. There is also a walking trail along the Wollondilly River that highlights some of the city’s historic sites.

For the cycling or motorbike enthusiast, Goulburn offers a number of heritage bike rides suited to all levels of fitness.

Goulburn Court House

These tours offer you the opportunity to explore and discover the wonderful history and views of the City. This tour is also suitable for self-guided drives of the City on inclement days or for the mobility impaired.

For coach groups; professional, local guides are available who can board your coach and provide a conducted tour of historic Goulburn. For bookings please contact the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre. For further details or to request a copy of any of these free self-guided tours phone 1800 353 646.

Step back in time at the historic Village of Milton South Coast NSW

The first white settler of the Milton region was Rev Thomas Kendall in 1828, he started the cedar cutting industry in the district with the use on convict labour.

Many farms were established around the Settlement, which became Milton. This historic private township was established in 1860 by John Booth and had become the commercial centre for the entire district by 1875.

The Boat Harbour of Ulladulla was used for shipping of timbers and farm produce from the Milton farms for trade to Sydney.

Today Milton is listing with the National Trust, and one can walk around the streets of Milton and see home and buildings dating back to 1870.

In Milton you are surrounded by living history, a rich culture life, a delightful range of colourful shops, fascinating galleries and lively food places. Milton is an attractive township with its range of gift shops and galleries, cafes, antiques and craft outlets.

Guided walking tours of Milton
Cathy Dunn Ph: 02 4455 4780 Email


Museums South Coast NSW

Pilots Cottage Museum
Blowhole Point Kiama Ph: (02) 4232 1001
Visiting hours: 11.00am – 3.00pm Fri – Mon
The Kiama Harbour Lighthouse is also located at Blowhole Point.

Gerringong Museum
Situated in Blackwood Street, Gerringong.
The opening hours of the museum are Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm, with additional openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays (same hours) during NSW school holidays.

Reference items are available for consultation, including Gerringong Pioneer Family Index and Gerringong Landholders Returns 1885.

A computer is now available in the Museum, providing access to a full database of Pioneer Family descendants, and also Birth, Death and Marriage records relating to the Gerringong area, and to areas such as the Richmond River which have a strong connection to Gerringong Pioneer Families.

Berry Museum
135 Queen Street Berry – Website
Memorabilia peculiar to the Berry and the Coolangatta District; it has comprehensive information on a number of pioneering families.

Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Farm
2029 Moss Vale Road Kangaroo Valley
Ph: 02 4465 1306
Open 7 days. Phone: (02) 4465 1306

The museum is managed by a voluntary Community Trust in conjunction with the Kangaroo Valley Historical Society. Preserving Kangaroo Valley history with buildings, machinery, memorabilia and photographic display.

Nowra Museum
Corner of Plunkett and Kinghorne Streets Nowra.
Administered by the Shoalhaven Historical Society, and their members are willing to assist community groups on matters of historical significance, and are always keen to gain additional information.

The Nowra Museum was built as the local police station in 1900, it had this purpose until the mid 1970’s, by which time it had well outgrown the station staff.

The museum is open from 1 until 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday, and during school holiday periods, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the same times.

Meroogal NowraMeroogal is a must whilst visiting Nowra. Built in 1885, this fascinating timber house was home to four generations of women from the Thorburn family.

Meroogal’s rich collection of personal objects provides an insight into the private lives and daily world of this family for nearly a century.
Cnr Worrigee & West Streets, Nowra 254
Ph: 02 4421 8150
Guided tour take place on the hour
Open Sat. 1-5pm and Sunday 10-5pm.
Booked groups by arrangement

Lady Denman Heritage Complex Huskisson.
Woollamia Rd., Huskisson Ph: (02) 4441 5675 – Website

Maritime Museum with other cultural content. Local History, Aboriginal culture, a very fine Surveyor’s Gallery with instruments dating from the 15th century. Along with the Jervis Bay Museum of Science and the Sea.
Open daily at Huskisson from 10am – 4pm.

Tabourie Lake Museum
Princes Hway Lake Tabourie Ph: (02) 4429 8915

The museum’s exhibits include snakes, spiders, aboriginal artefacts, minerals, local marine life and shells with a number of historical furnished rooms on display.

Along with Australiana rural life, Aboriginal culture and local history. The museum is visited by local schools to enhance their history and social science studies, tourists including bus tours. Open weekends and School holidays & public holidays, others by appointment

Batemans Bay Museum
1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (opposite the community Centre)
Open Tues and Thurs 12-3, and market mornings 9-12pm
Plus the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month
Groups any time with prior notice. Ph: (02) 4472 8993
Featuring local and social history with something for every age to enjoy.
Volunteer-run by the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Moruya Museum
85 Campbell Street Moruya. Phone (02) 4474 3224
Opening Hours Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm and every day in the summer school holidays

Narooma Lighthouse Museum
Princes Highway Narooma Ph: (02) 4476 2881
c/- Narooma Visitor Centre, Narooma
Admission is free

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
Lagoon St North Bega Ph: (02) 6491 7777
History of the Dairying Museum located in the grounds of Bega Cheese.
Open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week. Free admission.

Tathra Maritime Museum
Old Cargo Shed Wharf Road Tathra Open 7 days. Ph: (02) 6494 4363
Tathra’s wharf is the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast of NSW, and has been restored by the National Trust.

Eden Killer Whale Museum
Imlay St Eden (opp Police Station) Ph: (02) 6496 2094 Website
Open daily (except Xmas Day) 9am – 3.45pm
Preserving Eden’s Whaling History with ‘Old Tom’ the killer whale skeleton on display.