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5 ways to enjoy whale watching in a national park

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08/05/2019
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It’s that time of year again, when we dust off the binoculars and head to the coast for another spectacular whale watching season. Many whales have already been spotted on the Wild About Whales app, making their way from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the South Pacific to give birth and mate.

It’s one of the greatest migrations on earth and the best way to experience it is in a national park. There are viewing spots right along the NSW coast, from Eden to Tweed Heads and everywhere in between. Even if you miss out on a whale sighting, you’ll still have a great time. Here’s how to make the most of this year’s whale watching season.

1. Get a prime position

National parks offer some of the best viewing spots along the coast to see whales, dolphins and other marine life. Even if you’re not a pro, you’ll be able to get some great snaps of the whales swimming along the coast. Don’t forget to read our top tips so you know what to look for and what kind of species you might see.

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2. Catch up with friends

Whale watching in a national park is a great opportunity to catch up with friends. Pack a picnic and camping chair, then settle yourselves by the coast to enjoy those stunning views for as long as you like. The best bit? You won’t need to worry about being on a boat if the weather turns – simply pack up and hop in the car to head home.

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3. Go for a nature walk

There are plenty of coastal walks in our national parks, where you can stretch your legs, enjoy the fresh air and keep an eye out for whales splashing in the shallow waters. Grab a coffee and meet friends for a gentle stroll, or tie up your laces and get your blood pumping on a challenging hike or run.

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4. Play with the kids

National parks give the kids plenty of space to run around and explore while you’re waiting for that perfect whale breach. Enjoy a game of soccer or volleyball on the beach, then spread out a picnic and enjoy the winter sunshine. Don’t forget to take binoculars, so the kids can help you spot the whales.

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5. Wake up in nature

Make a weekend of it by staying at one of our idyllic camping or accommodation spots by the coast. Wake up to sunrise over the ocean and pick a great spot to watch the whales before anyone else arrives. You’ll be close enough to pop back for meals, with plenty of opportunities for walking, fishing and bird watching.

We’ve got some great deals and offers at the moment, where you can stay 3 nights and pay for 2 at some campgrounds and accommodation. So it’s a good time to start planning your whale watching adventures.

No matter how you enjoy whale watching in our national parks, it’ll be an experience to remember. Don’t forget to download the app and log your whale sighting, so everyone has a chance to see these majestic creatures in the wild.

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