[A Humpback Whale off the coast of Eden. Photo by Cat Balou Cruises]
The little town of Eden on the Sapphire Coast is renowned as one of the world’s best whale-watching destinations – and it has been named as the best place in Australia to spot whales by Australian Geographic.
The southern migration of these majestic leviathans of the deep so close to shore is a phenomena that residents on the Sapphire Coast take great pride in.
The most famous whale watching operation in these parts is Cat Balou Cruises, which has operated out of the port of Eden for over 27 years.
And Ros and Gordon from Cat Balou are reporting an increasing number of whales passing through these waters in recent years; one day last year they saw 72 whales through a 24 hour period – a new record.
“You can often see whales from the shore on this stretch of coast. And the Light to Light Walk is a perfect vantage point.”
But what’s even more amazing is that you can often – and we mean often – see whales from the shore on this stretch of coast. And the Light to Light Walk is a perfect vantage point.
And so this whale watching season, Light to Light Camps is offering a special whale watching package that includes the regular 3 day/2 night Light to Light Camps tour, plus an extra night at Green Cape Lighthouse cottage, regarded as the best land-based whale watching spot in Australia.
Be the first to take this exclusive tour, which is being offered just once this whale watching season Friday, November 10 through Sunday, November 12.
There are only 4 places (2 x twin share) available.
Humpback whales migrate north about July to breed in the warm waters around northern Australia. As the water warms, they begin their southern migration in time to arrive off the Sapphire Coast from around mid-September till the beginning of December.
Walking this coastline during the southern migration is very likely to result in at least one – and probably many more – viewings of whales either diving, breaching, tail slapping or pec slapping. And on a Light to Light Camps tour we provide you with a quality set of lightweight binoculars to ensure you get a great view.
This is one of the few places outside Antarctica that humpback whales can be seen feeding on krill and other small crustaceans.
“Your own private cottage at Green Cape, a sunrise for the photo album, plus the best seat in the house to marvel in the passing migration of Humpbacks.”
(Traditionally, we don’t expect to see many humpies on the northern route – they seem to follow a current that is well off shore, coming closer in just south of Sydney. But in the last few years, there are more sightings in July/August than ever before.)
These people see whales all the time, but they speak of their experiences in Eden with awe. Watching a massive humpback whale expand the pleats around its throat and swoop through a school of krill is a sight to be behold.
But what is the absolute best spot for land-based whale watching along the Light to Light Walk? That would be Green Cape Lighthouse. In fact, it’s regarded as the best whale watching vantage point in Australia.
And so this whale watching season, Light to Light Camps is offering a special package that includes the regular 3 day/2 night Light to Light Camps tour, plus an extra night at Green Cape Lighthouse cottage.
In addition to the spectacular fully-supported hike along the Light to Light Walk, you’ll enjoy a special catered dinner and a cosy night in your private cottage at Green Cape, a sunrise for the photo album, plus the best seat in the house to marvel in the passing migration of Humpbacks. (Don’t be surprised if Mother Nature throws in a herd of seals and perhaps a pod of the local Killer Whales, too.)
For true lovers of Australia’s spectacular marine wildlife, this is heaven on a stick.