Whale watching in NSW

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554630_num1147483This is about the time of the year that you start seeing whales along the Australian coastline of NSW. The journeys of the whales can last until November as they go up and back along the coastline.

In fact the only place that I have seen whales was when I was sitting outside a restaurant in Manly and sudden shouts from the bathers attracted everyone’s attention. Yes, you will see them much closer if you go out in the many guided tours that there are but it isn’t necessary. What is, is a decent pair of binoculars.

From May to November the waters along the NSW coastline will host more than 20,000 whales as they make their annual migration. Although the tourist people say that more than 237,000 people watched whales and dolphins in the 2015 season this is a vast understatement as it doesn’t include people like me just sitting by the ocean.

Down on the south coast towards the end of the season in October, there is the Eden Whale Festival. Why here? Because Eden used to be a centre of whaling and contains the only perfect skeleton of an orca in the southern hemisphere which is in its Killer Whale Museum.

According to the wild about whales website which is run by the state Office of Environment and Heritage, there have been a total of 45 sightings. The first whales were seen last week along a wide section of coastline.  they also have a free app that you can download which will keep you up to date with where the latest whale sightings have been. So far sightings were reported at Cape Solander, Jervis Bay, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour so for anyone heading for a holiday in NSW over the next few months, put a whale watching trip onto your holiday plans.

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