The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Whale Watching in Eden
On NSW's far south coast, Eden is a seaside town rich in whaling history and surrounded by a string of rugged national parks. Eden's a great place to visit during the whale-watching season (from May to November). The town comes alive in November with the annual Whale Festival.
Unlike other areas along the coast, the best whale watching in Eden is during their southern migration from September to November. Take a whale watching tour with Cat Balou Cruises and you'll hear the whales singing through the on board hydrophone. Whale song is a form of communication which helps researchers understand peak migration times, population abundance and more.
To watch from shore, head to Green Cape and South Head in Ben Boyd National Park, or the Rotary Park Lookout in Twofold Bay. If whales are sighted, a siren sounds formerly the signal for whalers to row out and harpoon the animal. These days, it's simply a sign to gather and watch the whales passing by.
The Eden Whale Festival, held in November, commemorates the town's whaling history, and features street parades, music, stalls, food and wine and more.
Eden's Killer Whale Museum is a must see attraction hosting a fascinating display of boats, whaling gear, photographs and nautical apparatus.
There’s no better place to have a close encounter with the whales or have adventure in an unspoilt coastal wilderness. The opportunities are as plentiful as the pilchards on which the whales feed.http://bit.ly/edennsw#edenwhalefestival #sapphirecoast #newsouthwales