Shore based whale watching

Seeing whales from shore is a part of everyday life each spring, but these vantage points are remarkable all year long. It’s one of the reasons Eden was named Australia’s premier whale watching destination by Australian Geographic.
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The Killer Whale Trail is the best way to look for whales from shore, as you can soak up the history of Eden’s whaling past as you explore Ben Boyd National Park and parts of the Eden township. A half-day self drive tour, you’ll be amazing to learn how men and wild orca worked together in Eden for over 100 years.

When they are sighted, the bush telegraph quickly spreads the word and a siren sounds at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Look for gatherings at our lookouts and beaches as people stop to enjoy the show, and they are happy to point out the action if you haven’t got your eye in.

Some shore based whale watching sites require nothing more than you pulling over in your car and winding down the window. Others like Green Cape Light House and Boyds Tower in Ben Boyd National Park are very special and historical places to visit.

Bushwalking in our coastal wilderness is an intimate experience. There are all kinds of walks, from the short stroll along the Eden Lookout’s Rotary Walk to the epic 31kilometre Light to LightHere’s how you can prepare and if you are bringing the kids, see our tips here.

What to take on a shore based jaunt? Water, a snack, your camera or binoculars. Wear warm, comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes and a weatherproof jacket. For a handy and helpful app to identify species and log sightings use the Wild About Whales app.

For the latest info from the friendliest locals, head to the Eden Visitor Information Centre on the corner of the Princes Highway and Mitchell Street or visit the website.

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