Eden Whale Festival – Celebrating 20 years in 2016

Friday, 28 October, 2016 to Sunday, 30 October, 2016

There’s no better place in NSW to have a close encounter with the whales or combine adventure in an unspoilt coastal wilderness. The opportunities are as plentiful as the pilchards on which the whales feed.

The Eden Whale Festival is always held close to the Melbourne Cup long weekend and combines whale watching from shore and sea with live shows, hands on family fun, street theatre, art exhibitions, film, music, seafood and local produce. While the migration begins as early as May it peaks in October, which is why we hold the festival when we do. 

The boat trip from port to sea is short and encounters can begin within minutes of throwing the ropes. Dolphins like to escort our charters and there are rafts of seals, flocks of seabirds and of course, pods of whales.

Eden has the remarkable advantage of being a place where whales like to feed and fatten their young before they head south to the icy waters of Antarctica. It all begins in winter, when huge numbers of krill and pilchards explode in our rich temperate marine climate, created by the melding of the warm East Australia Current and the nutrient rich Arctic flow from the south.

Shore based whale watching sites, like the Marine Rescue site at Eden Lookout allow you the luxury of looking right from the comfort of your car and there are many picnic areas along the coast, such as Green Cape Light Station in Ben Boyd National Park and Haycock Pint near Pambula which also offer short walks along epic headlands.

Adventurous nature lovers are spoilt for choice for day trips, or multi-day experiences.

Eden is around three hours drive from Canberra, and almost smack bang in between Sydney and Melbourne on the A1 Princes Highway. There are daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne which show you just how unspoilt the coastline is. Coaches travel daily from Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney and local buses can greet you. Driving brings you through eucalypt forests, dotted with mountain vistas and beaches that run right alongside the road, or right in front of your front porch.

Outside of Eden you can head north to forage for food, art and more stunning headlands and opportunities for adventure on the Sapphire Coast.

Web links:

Eden Whale Festival: www.edenwhalefestival.com.au

Sapphire Coast: www.sapphirecoast.com.au

Contact for images and video:

Sarah Chenhall

Volunteer marketing for festival


Social Media coordinator

Sapphire Coast Tourism

0439 586 546