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It’s time to join the ‘Humpback Highway’ to Eden Whale Festival

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NPWS staff at the Eden Whale Festival. Photo: OEH

What better way to spend a weekend than migrating south for the biggest celebration of the whale watching season, Eden Whale Festival, held on 1-2 November 2014.

Eden, located on the far south coast of NSW, is one of Australia’s premier whale watching destinations and the ideal spot to view hundreds of whales as they head south on their annual migration.

Saturday is the festival’s biggest day, with a spectacular street parade, markets, live music, stage performances, stalls, whale watching tours and the region’s best fireworks display. Sunday is themed ‘Discover Eden’ and features a range of self-guided tours on the new hop-on hop-off shuttle bus, which will take visitors to the HMB Endeavour at Snug Cove, Rotary Lookout in Twofold Bay, as well as a range of galleries and museums.

You can join a number of Wild About Whales activities over the weekend, including:

NSW National Parks wharf display

Visit our wharf display on Saturday 1 November and learn more about marine mammals with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) marine fauna coordinator and Wild About Whales expert, Geoff Ross. You’ll find out how to support local whale rescues and discover the best drives, campsites, picnic spots and whale watching vantage points in NSW national parks.

Davidson Whaling Station tour

Book a tour through the historic Davidson Whaling Station, open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 1 November. You can drive around the bay, or take a boat trip with Merimbula Divers Lodge to explore the site where a pod of orcas (killer whales) helped the Davidsons hunt baleen whales early last century. The small museum will be open for the day and rangers will be available to answer questions. Visit the NSW National Parks wharf display for information.

Whale watching at Rotary Lookout

On Sunday 2 November, NSW National Parks rangers will be stationed at Rotary Lookout in Twofold Bay from 10am to 2pm to help you spot whales and learn more about the types of whales passing through Eden. Twofold Bay is known as one of Australia’s best whale watching vantage points.

For more information on Eden Whale Festival, visit www.edenwhalefestival.com.au.

South Coast Deals and Offers

Myer House, Mimosa Rocks National Park

Get 20% off your booking when you stay at Myer House, less than an hour from Eden. The historical building offers self-contained accommodation for up to 12 people and all the modern conveniences you need, including entertainment and kitchen facilities.

Montague Island Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages, Montague Island Nature Reserve

For a truly unforgettable experience, stay overnight at the beautifully restored Head Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage or Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. The cottages are the only accommodation on the island and combine modern convenience with heritage character and charm. Book now and get three nights for the price of two.

Depot Beach Cabins, Murramarang National Park

Stay at Depot Beach Cabins and fall asleep to the sounds of rustling gum leaves and crashing waves, then wake up to watch the whales pass by the pristine coastline of Murramarang National Park. Book now and get three nights for the price of two.

Are you planning a visit to Eden Whale Festival? Don’t forget to share your best whale watching pics on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #whaleon.

Find out about the types of whales you may see and learn how to spot the difference in our recent blog, The Secret Life of Whales.

For more coastal activities and school holiday ideas, subscribe to the Naturescapes e-newsletter and go in the draw to win a coastal holiday to Myer House in Mimosa Rocks National Park.

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