WILD ABOUT WHALES
WITH ONE OF THE WORLD’S great whale migrations taking place along the NSW coastline this winter, it’s time to head to a coastal national park to see the ocean’s most majestic creature. National parks make up almost 50 per cent of the NSW coastline and provide some of the best lookouts, headlands and foreshores to see whales on their annual migration.
The north coast – from Tweed Heads to Port Stephens – offers some of the best whale watching in the country. Popular spots such as Cape Byron State Conservation Area and Tomaree National Park (NP) are ideal for seeing breaching humpbacks and southern right whales.
Sydney and its surrounds offer many places for whale watching and it’s an incredible opportunity to see them migrating past Australia’s largest city. Top spots can be found in Sydney Harbour, Ku-ring-gai Chase and Kamay Botany Bay national parks.
The south coast, from Shoalhaven to Batemans Bay and Eden, is home to several generous stretches of coastal wilderness, with large numbers of whales making an appearance on their annual migration. Head to Jervis Bay and Meroo national parks for fantastic vantage points.
There’s also a range of accommodation in NSW national parks that offers a unique holiday experience. Stay in a restored lighthouse cottage perched on a headland. Choose from spectacular locations including Cape Byron, the wildlife sanctuary of Montague Island Nature Reserve and Green Cape Lightstation in Ben Boyd National Park.
For family-friendly coastal cabins and a fun whale-watching getaway, enjoy a stay at Pretty Beach and Depot Beach, in Murramarang National Park on the south coast.
In the 1950s, three out of 10 people believed that Queen Elizabeth II descended from god. Conduct the same survey today and you’d be lucky to find three in a million who’d give the same results, even though support for the monarchy is now back to 1950s levels. You’d probably be sectioned for even posing the question.
Our morals, values and opinions can shift seismically in a short space of time. Rewind 10 years. Could anyone have imagined a devout Catholic nation such as Ireland voting to legalise gay marriage, as happened in May 2015? Or antismoking feeling being so strong now that the habit would be banned in pubs and clubs across Australia?
In the same vein, it’s difficult to comprehend that members of the British royal family – that eccentric, cuddly bunch who are met by grinning crowds of disciples wherever they travel – could have once been sympathetic towards the Nazi Party, only a few years before Britain would fight against the regime. But, alas, there’s some powerful evidence to confirm that this was the case.
Before World War Two, fascism wasn’t the dirty word it is now, especially among the English aristocracy who believed it was the best weapon for battling the spread of Communism. Even if that meant climbing in bed with the Führer.
What a relief, then, that our morals, values and opinions do change. We’re generally a wiser species for it. And not praying to statues of Lizzie every Sunday morning. Vince Jackson, Editor Follow me on Twitter: @vince_jackson1
Humpback breaching off Ben Boyd National Park