Oz Welcomes the Whale Season

A bevy of beautiful gigantic whales are swimming over to Australia. The arrival of these magnificent mammals—which will include humpbacks and pygmies—sets off a slew of whale watching activities that will last until the end of the season in November.

Double breaching whales spotted in Port Macquarie. Photo from the New South Wales tourism board.

Double breaching whales spotted in Port Macquarie. Photo from New South Wales’ tourism board.

Whales in Paradise organizes five daily whale-watching cruises (US$105 for adults) in Gold Coast. Travelers will board a purpose-built catamaran, the Mahi Mahi, which will offer unobstructed, 360-degree viewing decks. Each trip will be limited to only 65 passengers to ensure safety.

For travelers who get seasick easily, the Tomaree Head Summit Walk at Tomaree National Park is a good vantage point to watch the marine animals. Take note—the 2.2-kilometer trail takes almost two hours to hike, making it ideal for those who are at least moderately fit.

The view from Tomaree Head Summit Walk. Photo courtesy of the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service.

The view from Tomaree Head Summit Walk. Photo courtesy of New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service.

Tangalooma Island Resort, located 75 minutes away from Brisbane, has beachfront apartments (US$361) for cetacean-loving guests, and offers activities such as dolphin feeding cruises (US$150) aside from the usual finback tours.

One town in New South Wales, Eden, actually has a museum devoted to whales. Eden Killer Whale Museum (US$7.50 for adults) presents skeletons of whales named Hooky, Cooper, and Stranger, along with their friends. The town is also savvy enough to come up with its own whale festival in November, which has street parades, fireworks, and live music.

Aerial shot of the town of Eden. Photo from the website of the Eden tourism board.

Aerial shot of the town of Eden. Photo from the town’s tourism board.

Techies are encouraged to download the Wild About Whales app, available on Google Play and App Store. Travelers can publish photos of sightings in real time and book accommodations and flights. But here’s the best part: it has a map showing where the gorgeous creatures can be found, making planning easier for locals and tourists.

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