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Whale of a time: Intergenerational ritual of whale watching

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Whale watching from Iluka Bluff lookout, Bundjalung National Park

We are living longer, healthier lives and grandparents want to spend quality time with their children and grandchildren, making multigenerational holidays a popular choice for families.

National parks have been a popular family destination for decades, and with accessibility, ease and activities available for every age, NSW national parks are the perfect place for each generation to create memories together, particularly during the whale season.

The whale season is an ideal time to head to a coastal national park with the whole family to experience the wonder of whales breaching, spy hopping and tail slapping in the water. Easily accessibly headlands provide front row seats to watch the spectacular show which will delight grandparents, parents and children whilst creating new traditions and stories to pass on to future generations.

There are a range of activities suitable for all members of the family to take part in together such as bushwalking, photography and ranger-led Discovery activities. Check out the NSW National Parks and Wildlife What’s On page to see the latest activities and events being held throughout the season.

For a longer stay to spend some quality time together, why not check out the accommodation options and special offers at one of our whale watching hot spots and celebrate the whale migration.

Getting the family ready to head to a national park to get Wild About Whales together, we recommend packing the following essentials to get the most out of your experience:

  • warm clothes and a blanket or chairs to sit on
  • a hat and sunscreen
  • a thermos with a hot drink or soup
  • drinking water and food
  • binoculars and sunglasses
  • a camera, with a telephoto lens if you have one
  • a species identification brochure or booklet.

For the tech savvy family, don’t forget to download the Wild About Whales smartphone app so you can learn about the whales and log your sightings.

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