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Ocean view and Imeson Cottage verandah. Photo: David Young

How about a whale of a view? Literally. How about waking up perched high above the Pacific Ocean? Sleeping in a lighthouse? Or being able to stand on your balcony with your binoculars and whale watch. All day long. Sounds good right?

Whale watching can be made that little bit more special by being able to actually stay overnight in one of the many accommodation options in NSW national parks. Staying right amongst it means you can enjoy whale sightings from sunrise to sunset, knowing you can retreat just nearby, and in some truly beautiful settings. Here’s a selection of the best in-park accommodation options along the NSW coastline that are ideal for some land based whale watching action:

Byron Bay: Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages

These offer the ultimate panoramic views taking in golden beaches, dramatic coastline and the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse from on top of the summit of Cape Byron State Conservation Area. It’s a popular spot attracting many visitors at day time, but at night it’s all yours. The cottages have been lovingly restored to retain their heritage charm, with the addition of modern conveniences to ensure you holiday in style. There are two lighthouse cottages, each with three bedrooms sleeping up to six guests. This property currently has a great deal on offer for bookings – get three nights for the price of two. Check dates and book now.

Byron Bay: Imeson Cottage

This award-winning cottage sits right on the beach overlooking one of Australia’s most popular surf breaks ‘The Pass’, and is just a short drive or stroll to the Byron Bay town centre. This eco-tourism two bedroom cottage with balcony has recently been restored and offers accommodation for up to four guests. Check out our great deal for bookings at Imeson Cottage – get three nights for the price of two. Check dates and book now

Byron Bay: Mildenhall Cottage

With spectacular coastal vistas and direct access to one of Byron’s best beaches, award-winning Mildenhall Cottage is the perfect holiday accommodation for those who love nature and the beach. The cottage is one of four 1920’s-1950’s beach shacks that has been carefully restored to offer modern convenience with eco-tourism accreditation, while still retaining its original character, heritage and charm. The cottage has three bedrooms accommodating up to six guests. We’ve definitely gone Wild About Whales, with a special three nights for the price of two offer at Mildenhall Cottage. Check dates and book now

Byron Bay: Thomson Cottage

Nestled between a beautiful white sand beach and luscious rainforest, Thomson Cottage is in a dream location for the perfect beachside break. The award-winning accommodation is ideal for family or friends looking for an indulgent holiday getaway near Byron Bay on the idyllic north coast. This cottage offers three bedrooms sleeping up to six guests and is also offering three nights for the price of two. Check dates and book now

Narooma: Montague Island Assistant and Head Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages

Montague Island Nature Reserve just off the south coast near Narooma, offers the chance to experience amazing wildlife including seals, whales and bird life. For something really different, you can actually stay overnight at either the Montague Island Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, which offers three bedrooms sleeping up to six guests, or the larger Montague Island Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, with five bedrooms sleeping up to 12 guests. Both cottages offer an amazing island stay in historic surrounds as they’re both restored from 1881. Check and book via the web links above.
Port Stephens: Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages

The award-winning cottages at Seal Rocks in the Myall Lakes National Park were built in 1875 and carefully refurbished to offer self-contained heritage accommodation in a truly spectacular location. Each of the three cottages features an outdoor area from which you can enjoy breathtaking panoramas, and are close to the nearby coastal town of Seal Rocks, and the beaches and walking tracks of the park. The Head Keeper’s Cottage offers three bedrooms sleeping up to eight guests. The two Assistant Keepers’ Cottages offers two bedrooms sleeping up to six guests. Click here to book

Eden and Surrounds: Green Cape Lightstation Keeper's Cottage

Ben Boyd National Park is a sight to behold with 45km of stunning rocky coastline and plenty of picnic spots and walking tracks. Here you can stay at the Green Cape Lightstation Keeper’s Cottage. There are two beautifully restored keepers’ cottages available, each offering 3.5 star heritage accommodation with open fireplaces and charming nautical decor. Each cottage has two bedrooms and sleeps up to six guests. To book call Auswide Services on (02) 6495 5555.

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