Celebrate the migration at the Port of Eden in NSW, named Australia’s premier whale watching destination.
Enjoy the nation’s best whale watching experiences from both on and off the shore during one of the biggest migrations in 50 years.
Our land based look-outs offer great opportunities to see the whales as they frolic in Twofold Bay and along our coastline.
If you want to get a bit closer and hang out with the experts, we recommend you join one of our experienced and passionate whale watching charters at Snug Cove.
Video: Whales of Eden, by National Parks and Wildlife Services
What Makes Eden Unique?
Eden is one of the few places in the world where Humpback Whales feed on their migratory route. The waters are rich with krill and the whales quite often stop and feed. Very few people ever experience the unique chance to look into the massive mouth of a whale! The fact that so many species of whales can be seen in these waters and that they travel close to shores makes Eden an ideal place for whale watching.
There are great places to do some shore-based whale watching as well as several operators who can host you on a whale watching cruise. The Eden Killer Whale Museum sounds a siren when whales are in close proximity to vantage points around Twofold Bay.
Most whales sighted in the Eden area are Humpback whales on their southern migration. At the start of the season we mainly see sub adults, followed by mother/calf pods which quite frequently come right into Twofold Bay. This gives the calves a chance to rest. Other species, including Southern Rights, Blue, Dwarf Minke, Bryde’s, Orca, Pilot, Sperm and several species of Beaked Whales, have also been sighted off the coast of Eden in recent years.
Where to watch whales
Experience the unique sight of these massive giants of the sea up close. Whale watching cruises operate from late September through to late November. Charter vessels take passengers to watch the whales at sea. There are also some great places to do shore based whale watching. To the south of Eden, Greencape and South Head, in the southern section of the Ben Boyd National Park, are excellent vantage points for whale spotting. Within Twofold Bay there are viewing platforms at the Rotary Park Lookout and at the eastern end of Bass Street.
Take the Killer Whale Trail and learn how wild Orcas hunted alongside man for over 100 years.
Find out more about our region, or the rest of New South Wales, at Eden Visitor Centre.