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  • Orcas

    Orcas or killer whales (Orcinus orca) are odontocetes and the largest species of dolphins. They are easily recognisable with their striking black and white or cream markings and extremely long, tapered dorsal fins. Adult male orcas can grow to over 9 metres long and weigh over 7.5 tonnes, while females can grow to 8 metres or longer and weigh up to 4 tonnes. Orcas have 10 to 12 pair...

  • Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

    Scientists have recently designed underwater microphones that could one day help track migrating whales. The microphones have been designed from a similar structure to the ears of killer whales and when used in conjunction with robots, can also help scientists complete specific tasks, like fix oil leaks and monitor particle contamination. The widely used conventional underwater microphon...

  • Whales Facts

    Oceans cover about 70% of the Earth’s surface and this vast environment is home to some of the Earth’s most fascinating creatures: whales. Whales are complex, often highly social and intelligent creatures. They are mammals like us. They breath air, have hair on their bodies (though only very little), give birth to live young and suckle their calves through mammary glands. But unlike us, ...

  • Whales at the forefront of technology

    By copying the ears of killer whales, scientists have designed underwater microphones that could one day help track migrating whales, guide robots toward leaking undersea oil wells and monitor exotic cosmic particles plunging into the ocean.   Now researchers have developed an ultra-sensitive hydrophone that can detect a wide spectrum of underwater sounds, from the weakest ones to t...

  • The Killer Whales Of Twofold Bay

    On the South Coast of NSW near the port of Eden, shore-based whale hunting was a thriving industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Whalers hunted baleen whales (mostly humpback and southern right whales) for their blubber and bones as well as their baleen which was used in the manufacture of women’s clothes. A group of killer whales in this area was known for its cooperation w...

  • Byron Bay

    The lush rainforests of the far north coast cling to ancient volcanoes, intersected with rivers that tumble into the sea. The magnificent headlands in this region provide the perfect opportunity to spot the whales as they make their migration along this beautiful stretch of protected coastline, with plenty of ways to immerse yourself in nature with a range of land-based and water-based adventures...

  • Coffs Harbour

    The spectacular ocean and coastal environment of the beautiful Coffs Coast is a great place to understand and appreciate the wonders of nature. It’s one of the great regions for exploring, heading out to discover World Heritage rainforests, tumbling rivers and waterfalls, funky country towns and finding that perfect picnic spot. Wildlife is abundant and easy to spot. ...

  • Nowra and Shoalhaven

    Along the coast, spotted gums, hundreds of years old stretch their branches to the sky, while waves crash against deserted beaches. The south coast offers some truly remarkable nature experiences. From the breathtaking Illawarra escarpment to the wildlife wonders of Jervis Bay Marine Park, the South coast never ceases to amaze. WHAT'S ON IN NOW...

  • Port Stephens

    Port Stephens is a fascinating region offering a wide variety of nature based activities and destinations. Along the coastline, perfect sandy beaches, towering dunes, rocky headlands with magnificent ocean views, coastal lakes and estuaries are just waiting to be explored. Inland you’ll find abundant wildlife and spectacular World Heritage parks. The region is home to many great land-based ...

  • Sydney and Surrounds

    Walking, picnicking, swimming – or just admiring iconic Sydney Harbour views - everyone can enjoy Sydney’s magnificent national parks all year round. Ranging from exploring native flora and fauna to learning more about Australia’s Indigenous people at Kamay Botany Bay National Park, there’s always something for everyone. This region also provides countless opportunities fo...

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