6 May 2013
Winter on the New South Wales coast means one thing – it's whale watching season!
You might make a habit of trying to spot these gentle giants as they migrate north along the coastline from May to July and travel back south from August to October. Or this might be your first whale-watching season in NSW! Either way, Eden is a great place to have an unforgettable whale watching experience.
This historic town on the NSW Sapphire Coast is a beautiful destination to explore at any time of year, but winter is a particularly good time to take in the local wildlife.
Many whale watching excursions depart from Eden on a daily basis beginning in late May – this allows you to get a close-up look at the magnificent humpback whales as they make their way along the coast.
Alternatively, you can choose to spot the whales from shore – the coastal trails and famous lighthouse in Ben Boyd National Park are excellent vantage points from which to spot humpback whales, as well as kangaroos, sea eagles and plenty of forest birds.
If you plan on spending a few days in Eden with your family, you might also want to take some time to explore the Eden Killer Whale Museum. This fascinating facility has been locally operated for more than 80 years and is a great place to learn more about how whales have impacted the local area.
Here, you can also learn more about the legendary killer whale 'Tom', whose full skeleton – which dates back to the early 1900s – is on display in the museum. The museum provides plenty of insight into local industry too – you'll be able to see how Eden's fishing and timber industries have evolved over time and learn more about the area's fascinating past.