Park and play whale watching hot spots
Grab a hamper and relax, the most you'll have to do is count the whales.
Shore based whale watching is a crowd-free experience on the Sapphire Coast.
The kids can run and play on lush spring grass, explore rocky headlands and best of all, see the majesty of the whales as they journey south along our shores with new born calves.
TathraSet like a gem into shades of green and blue, Tathra surrounds itself in the natural beauty of both Mimosa Rocks National Park to the north, and Bournda National Park to the south, home to many seabirds such as the endangered Little Tern and an abundance of wildlife.
Its southern headland has expansive views of the bay and a huge grassy area. From here you can also walk down to the Tathra Wharf and Locavore eatery. Just to the north of the town, Wajurda Point (Nelsons Beach) offers a great little bush walk with views back to town.
Eden was named Australia’s number one whale watching destination by Australian Geographic in 2014 and 2015.
Set on the magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere, Eden was home to shore-based whaling stations and Old Tom, the legendary killer whale whose story can be discovered at the Eden Killer Whale Museum (also great for shore based whale watching). The Eden Lookout has regular roving rangers in September, along with offers short walks, free barbecues, playground and epic elevated views. The walk is about 1.5 km return and takes you past Marine Rescue, an old pine forest and through tea tree tunnels.
Merimbula’s heart beats with the rhythm of the tides and the seasons. In spring, head to Short Point for a breathtaking view, complete with acres of green grass to lounge about on, a headland to explore and all the action of a surf beach to soak up.
More views are to be found at Merimbula Wharf, where you can admire the clear, deep water and watch the coming and goings of seafarers. If you want to whale watch over a seafood lunch and a nice glass of wine head to the Merimbula Wharf and Aquarium Restaurant, but book a window seat first!
A few years ago a Southern Right calf was born in Horseshoe Bay, a gorgeous azure bay close to the centre of town.
Overlooking the beach, Dickinson Headland has a great children’s park and lots of grassy space to play. The main street has a front row seat to this bay, and the beautiful harbour, with bars, cafes and restaurants serving great local nosh with water views. Other hot spots that are nearby are the stunning Bermagui Blue Pool Murunna Point (north), Michael Lerner Lookout (south).
Now that we’ve given you the easy options, check out our top 6 bushwalks for whale watching. They range from a kilometre or so right up to a multi-day hike.
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