Whale Blog


We here at Wild About Whales aren’t just wild about whales - we’re also wild about dolphins and loads of other creatures in the sea and in the parks around us.

However, when whale watching chances are that you will see a pod of dolphins larking around in the water leaping out and generally enjoying themselves. If you are in a boat whale watching then you will probably have some dolphins swimming around your boat.

Chances are you will encounter common dolphins in pods and Oceanic Bottlenoses - which are known to be the strongest and fastest of all dolphins.

Now as with all of nature we suggest you give these beautiful creatures peace and just enjoy them from the land or your boat but should they be persistent and you have certain equipment then you can enter the water with them. We would suggest you take snorkel and flippers to give you better control under the water and to allow you to stay...read more

Enter the Darkness

Most Australians are a bit fed up of the winter - it seems to be lasting forever. Not enough sunny days and far too many wet ones. However, sometimes you have to embrace the darkness and explore some new places.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has some interesting cave tours on offer that may make you realise that a life in the dark isn't too bad.

The Abercrombie Karst Conservation Reserve's Archway Cave is steeped in gold-mining history and has a tour which features extensive automatic lighting and loads of information about the cave - it's ideal for a self-guided tour.

Tours run during the day and at night - although let's be honest they are in caves so you probably won't be able to tell if it is day or night outside! You will see amazing crystalline structures in some of the caves as well as many steeped in history - one of the caves was used a hideout for the notorious Ribbon gang in 1830.

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Getting prepared for whale watching

We figured as the website is called Wild about Whales that we really should talk about whales – or in this case what to do if you fancy heading out of the house, down to one of the NSW national parks and seeing if you can catch sight of a whale. So here are some tips:

1. You are going to have to plan your route. Check our site and see where there have been recent whale sighting and plot your drive to one of the parks. Before you jump in the car and drive to the park you will need a few things with you to ensure you are all set

2. Bring appropriate clothing. The weather can change quickly, so be prepared and check the latest weather forecasts. Warm clothes (it can get a wee bit chilly out there especially with the wind coming in from the sea), some rubber-soled shoes, a hat or a hood is a necessity and if you should also think about packing some waterproof clothes just in case the skies open up and decide to...read more

Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to our very first blog post.

The purpose of this blog is to educate, entertain and to allow some of our community volunteers and staff to share their stories about whales and whale watching. Here at NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service we want to be able to make it as easy and fun for people to spend time in our parks and see some of the most amazing wildlife on the planet.

A lot of what we do is not possible without our volunteers who help us on a daily basis and we figured that for our first blog post we would say a big thank you to the many people who keep a look out for whales from sunrise to sunset on our coasts, especially those at Cape Solander.

Our volunteers really do make a difference and anyone can play an important role in scientific and conservation activities by helping out. Some of our volunteers have seen over 40 humpback whales in one day and each year our...read more

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