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Love working for Eurobodalla Toiurism as my job is all about making sure heaps of people have fab holidays on the south coast. How good is that? Also can't think of a better place to live and work than Eurobodalla. I'm the regions biggest fan!

Action Girl goes on a whale watching kayak tour

Well I’ve done it! My first Action Girl kayak- with-the-whales-adventure and all I can say is WHEN CAN I DO IT AGAIN?! 

All started early on Sunday morning with Region X Kayaking at Mossy Point. We turned up at 7.30am as requested and when Josh presented us with freshly brewed coffee and berry muffins still warm from the oven, I pretty much knew it was going to be good. 

The morning was perfect with an early morning mist hovering over the glassy ocean and if I was an artist (which I’m, not!) this is definitely a picture I would have wanted to capture. Josh led us to the double kayaks and started our training is the how to and safety aspects of kayaking and whale watching and before we knew it we were gliding across the water and heading out to sea. All too easy! 

The chosen route was south from Mossy Point as whales have been sighted at Broulee for the past few weeks so a short paddle around the headland and there they were, right on cue. Three whales were lolling around in quite close to the beach at north Broulee, a mum and calf stayed together and the third stayed a bit out. I thought it may have been the father keeping a bit of a lookout as the southern rights stay in these protected beaches to keep clear of killer whales and sharks looking for the young calves. 

We paddled towards the beach stopping a few hundred metres away and then floated around watching them. I couldn’t believe how calm they were, just lazing around, in true south coast holiday mode, not doing much of anything but enjoying the beach, quite happy to share the space with our kayak group, a few stand up paddle boards, the early morning beach walkers and a swimmer. So serene. 

We watched for about 30 minutes then paddled around Broulee Island enjoying Josh’s stories about the island which has a fascinating history including a point named Pink Rocks which was a ballast dump point for early ships and the pink granite rocks from Brazil they dumped can still be seen at low tide and through breaking waves. The water was clear and we could see giant kelp forests, caves and many varieties of fish. I’m pretty sure I saw a huge blue grouper. 

Next stop was Shark Bay on the south side of Broulee Island and this gorgeous sandy protected beach looked anything but sharky. Again, crystal clear azure water and stunning rock formations all around us gave it all a very Mediterranean feel. Josh and Shane got breakfast ready while we had a wander up the beach and towards the island walking track which takes you on a great walk around the island in about 40 minutes. 

Breakfast was a FEAST! Picture a table laden with fresh fruit, hot porridge, yogurt, salmon frittata, marinated feta, bread, condiments and that was before the fresh coffee and chocolate came out. Back in the water and we were soon watching the same whales that had moved closer to the north side of Broulee Island. The wind was up a bit by now and the whales were much more active and so noisy! I had no idea how loud a whale tail flap was. Also much blowing and snorting and grunting going on too. We reluctant tore ourselves away and paddled back to Mossy Point. As we rounded the last headland a majestic sea eagle soared above. A fitting end to an amazing kayak trip which I will definitely do again this spring. 

RegionX Kayak tour group at south Broulee
Watching whales at south Broulee, South Coast, NSW


I LOVE the start of the whale watching season!

I LOVE the start of the whale watching season! Apparently there is a particular wattle species that flowers the day before the first whale arrives and this was how our early aboriginal people knew the whales would be here. I live on the beach and various wattle are bursting out everywhere now so maybe one of them is the one.  And this years season is even more of a big deal for me because this is the year I have promised Josh Waterson of region kayaking I will join him on a whale watching kayak tour. WAY out in the ocean. Is this just a tad out of my comfort zone?? Yes I think so!

I’ve been on a number of boat tours  with Darryl from Narooma Charters and they are truly awesome with whales left, right, centre and underneath. There was one last year which sort of lay on its side and looked directly at me for a minute with its huge eye. Checking me out and definitely communicating in some way.  

I also stayed out at Montague Island last year for a few nights and there were literally whales everywhere we looked from the 360 degree views from the lighthouse. The island gets surrounded by them – all blowing and breaching and having a whale of a time. And I did a snorkel with the seals off Montague courtesy of Narooma Charters in August so a bit before the whales arrived. (Loved the way Darryl and Norm from Narooma Charters stayed on board, smirking, with their warm cups of tea while we jumped off into the freezing winter depths…).

Wonder I should attempt a snorkel in whale season – imagine coming close to one underwater.

So back to me, a wee kayak in the middle of the deep blue sea and a mature adult male humpback weighing in at 40 tons. I’ll have to take a waterproof copy of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Regulations that state that the approach distance to a whale is 100 m and hope like hell the whales we come across can read English!