Whale Watching in Merimbula


Merimbula on NSW's Sapphire Coast plays host to a variety of visiting whale species throughout the annual migration from May to November. During the humpbacks' southern migration, the majestic mammals really put on a show. Hop on a tour boat to see the action up close.

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Whale Watching in Merimbula

Whale Jumping

Famous for its oysters, tranquil beaches and holiday vibe, Merimbula on NSW's Sapphire Coast is an ideal mid-way point if you're travelling between Melbourne and Sydney. It's also one of the few sites in the world where you can watch humpbacks' lateral lunge-feeding on the water's nutrient-rich krill.

To watch from shore, head to the Ben Boyd National Park. Green Cape and the massive sandstone Boyd's Tower, an old whaling lookout, are good vantage points. Or, if you're game (and fit enough) you may wish to devote a couple of days to complete the entire 30km Light to Light Walk, which runs from the Tower to the Green Cape Light Station, with stunning coastal views along the way.

Other great walks in the area include the popular Merimbula Boardwalk around the north edge of Merimbula Lake, a 3.4km-round trip and a great spot to watch the sun set. The Bournda Lagoon to North Tura Beach in the Bournda National Park offers spectacular coastal views and whale sightings in season.

You'll get the best photos of the whales from the deck of a tour boat, and tours on True Blue (which carries 75 passengers) and Sea Eagle (which has a 25-passenger capacity) depart from Merimbula Marina from mid-September until late November.

For more information on whales please visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au

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