Top whale watching spots near Eden
Around 30,000 whales are now migrating along the NSW coast - a great time to visit a coastal national park, according to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
NPWS spokesperson Matthew Mannall said now it's the perfect time to head to one of our national park's spectacular lookouts, headlands or foreshores on the south coast to experience the record number of whales enjoying their natural playground.
"The waters off our coastline are bustling with whales on their annual migration. At this time of year, whales are on their journey south to Antarctica, often hugging the coastline with newborn calves in tow", Mr Mannall said.
"We commonly see humpbacks, but visitors may be lucky enough to also spot southern right whales, minke and orcas," he said.
National parks make up almost 50% of the NSW coastline and provide some of the best vantage points to spot the ocean's most majestic creatures on their annual journey.
NPWS recommends these top whale watching spots on the far south coast:
- Ben Boyd National Park, near Eden, offers breathtaking coastal views, amazing rock formations, incredible bird life and many outstanding viewpoints to spot passing whales. Visitors can enjoy one of the many walks or stay overnight in the beautiful Green Cape Lightstation Keeper's Cottage.
- The Wajurda Point walking track, in Mimosa Rocks National Park, leads to a lookout offering the best coastal views in Mimosa Rocks National Park. Pack your binoculars to whale watch and enjoy the spectacular views of sapphire-coloured ocean.
- The lookout at North Tura, in Bournda National Park, is also a great vantage point to see migrating whales and enjoy the many secluded beaches and stunning coastal walks.
"Whale-watchers are reminded to stay safe during the season by keeping a safe distance from cliff edges and rock platforms, on coastal walks, and at lookouts", Mr Mannall said.
If you're whale watching on the far south coast, plan your journey to coincide with the popular annual Eden Whale Festival, taking place from 2-4 November.
Whale-watchers can download the free Wild About Whales app to get real-time notifications of sightings nearby, log their own sightings, find top vantage points and much more.
For all your whale watching information this season, visit: 2018 NSW whale watching season
Wild About Whales is an annual campaign run by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service during the NSW whale watching season each year.
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