Every year from early June to late November, the majestic humpback whales make their annual migration to their northern breeding grounds, travelling close to the Tweed Coast. Regular ‘stars’ include Migaloo, the world’s only documented all-white humpback and the occasional pod of killer whales. There are two whale watching boats operating from the Tweed Coast, each offering very different experiences:
Located approximate 600m offshore from Fingal Head, the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is home to a large permanent colony of green and loggerhead turtles, and the beautiful (and totally harmless!) leopard sharks who visit during the summer months. The abundance of marine life also includes bull rays, spotted eagle rays, giant gropers, wobbiegongs and the occasional grey nurse shark, with rock caves and coral gardens adding to the area’s underwater charms.
Aquatic Blue Charters operate daily snorkelling trips on their 46-passenger boat.
The Northern NSW coastline is the traditional birthplace of the Aussie surfing legend and Australia’s current world champions, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore. Local surf schools offer group lessons for beginners, private lessons for experienced surfers, school programs and coaching. The village of Casuarina is also home to Surfing Australia and features their full training facility, which hosts Australia’s first university degree in surfing, Southern Cross University’s Diploma of Sports Management (Surfing Studies).
The cross-over of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate waters off the Tweed Coast adds up to a huge variety of big game fish. A number of operators offer deep sea fishing charters that head out from the Tweed Marina to the offshore reefs in search of billfish, cobia, mackerel, mahi mahi, tuna, pearl perch, snapper, mullaway and parrot fish. They cater for groups of up to 12 or more, as well as individuals. Operators supply all the necessary bait and tackle, and the required fishing permits.
For more information visit Tweed Tourism.