Plan Your 2017 Whale Adventure Here!
We had what was reported to be the best whale watching season in 2016. Visitors were delighted as they were surrounded by dozens of whales at times, we gained international recognition with Robyn Malcolm’s photo of a seal riding on a whale and whale watching experts were stunned by observing never before seen feeding patterns in Eden. It all starts again in August. All you need to plan your next whale adventure is right here!
Eden is uniquely known as a place where whales like to feed and fatten their young before heading down to the icy waters of the Antarctic. Here the melding of the warm East Australia Current and the nutrient rich Arctic flow create a rich, temperate marine environment. Many species of mammals and birds have been researched here and some of them are permanent residents.
Whales can be spotted as early as May as they make the journey north to give birth but the prime season for whale watching in Eden is from mid August to early November. The peak of the whale season is in late October which is when the Eden Whale Festival is held.
Ranging from rustic to boutique, Eden has some great accommodation options. Many boast great ocean views and you may even spot a whale while enjoying a glass of wine on your balcony!
The best way to see our whales is to take a boat tour. Cat Balou Cruises and Freedom Charters are our local Twofold Bay tour operators. At the peak of the season, whales can be close in and sometimes will be seen within minutes of leaving the wharf. We recommend you book your tour ahead of time to ensure a spot. We even have some whale watching packages and deals on offer.Shore based whale watching is also excellent during whale season. Listen for the whale siren from the Eden Killer Whale Museum which means there is a whale in the bay. Head to the nearest lookout with your binoculars and see if you can spot it. Check out this interactive map to find out where to spot whales.
Eden’s association with whales goes far beyond being a top whale watching destination. Once it was home to Australia’s longest running shore based whaling operation. During this era, Killer Whales worked with humans to assist in the capture of other whale species. Learn more of this unbelievable history at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.
Take the Killer Whale Trail and be immersed in the exciting tale of Old Tom and his pack of killer whales. Visit the historic whaling station, historic Boyd Town and Boyd’s Tower on this self guided tour which also offers visitors a taste of Ben Boyd National Park.
If you want to explore more of Ben Boyd National Park Green Cape Light Station to the south of Eden is spectacular and also provides great opportunities to spot whales. Nearby there are 2 great camping spots and plenty of options for walks including the epic 30km Light to Light Walk.
Visit the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre to learn all about our migrating whales and the marine environment surrounding Eden. A great place for families, the centre features a live aquaria, a touch tank where you can get up
If you tire from chasing whales, explore picturesque Snug Cove, take a kayak or oyster tour, sample great local seafood at one of our restaurants, visit one of our many pristine beaches or take a road trip to one of our charming neighbours.
Drop into the Eden Visitor Information Centre for tour bookings, accommodation advice, free maps and a whale souvenir to take home!View all blog posts