Media Release  – Thursday 10 October 2013

The Sapphire Coast is a great stretch of coastline to visit for whale watching at this time of year, with large numbers of whales now off the south coast.

“Whale watching is the jewel in the crown of the Sapphire Coast, and now is the best time to experience this extraordinary marvel of nature,” said Anthony Osborne, General Manager at Sapphire Coast Tourism.

“Here in Eden and Merimbula there are plenty of whales around as they head south back down the humpback highway to cooler waters, many with calves in tow, from now until the end of November.

“But what sets this area apart is that whales come right in to feed in Twofold Bay, so they hang around longer allowing visitors to have a great land or sea based whale watching adventure,” he continued.

Anthony and the team at Sapphire Coast Tourism are encouraging visitors to the region at this time of year, not only for the brilliant whale watching opportunities, but also for its other visitor experiences including sites of historical significance, and the nature based activities on offer.

“Because of this region’s strong ties to Australia’s maritime and whaling history, we’ve really got a lot of wonderful experiences that are suitable for the whole family,” he continued.

On the Sapphire Coast, visitors can jump on the Killer Whale Trail, a self drive day tour that explores five historical sites around Eden which uncover the dramatic history of whaling from 1828 to 1930. There’s also the famed Eden Killer Whale Museum and Davidson Whaling Station historic site.

For those who like to keep active, they can walk the Light to Light walk, a multi day hike which hugs the coastline between historic Boyds Tower and Green Cape Lightstation in Ben Boyd National Park. It’s one of the best multi day walks in Australia .

“And of course, one of the highlights of the season is the Eden Whale Festival which will this year be held on 26 October until 3 November 2013. So come and celebrate all things whale with us on the Sapphire Coast,” concluded Anthony.

For more information about whale watching on the Sapphire Coast, as well as some great accommodation deals in the area, visit www.sapphirecoast.com.au

Start your own coastal adventure at www.wildaboutwhales.com.au.  It’s the best way for you to learn about whales migrating along our coastline, and to find the best spots in our national parks to see whales and enjoy other great coastal adventures.  Share your whale sightings on Twitter with the @wildaboutwhales community using #whaleon, let us know via our mobile app, and check out where the whales are with the map on our website. Share photos and experiences on www.facebook.com/wildaboutwhales


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