Eden is one of the best whale-watching spots in Australia during the annual migration between May and early November. You’ll find plenty of shoreline vantage points around Twofold Bay and along the coast in Ben Boyd National Park.
Twofold Bay is the third-deepest natural harbour in the Southern Hemisphere and has a long association with whales. You can hear the story of Old Tom the orca at the Eden Killer Whale Museum or take the self-drive Killer Whale Trail, an intriguing trip into the past to a time when whales were hunted for oil.
The region is known as the “Humpback Highway” and every year, between September and November, our waters see the arrival of thousands of migrating humpback whales on their way home to Antarctica.
Baleen and toothed whales also migrate south for the summer. Many have calves in tow and often spend a few days in the area in September–October, resting, feeding and playing before continuing on the Humpback Highway.
Nowhere on the South Coast is it as easy to get so close to these whales. In peak season, charter operators have their choice of pods to watch within minutes of leaving Eden Wharf. There are also many onshore viewing points in and around the town. The Eden Whale Festival, held every spring around the start of November, celebrates this migration.
WHALE WATCHING TOURS
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