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Greater Port Macquarie : Holiday Planner 07
whales ahoy Whale watching season is June, July, September, October and November when thousands of humpbacks and southern right whales pass the Greater Port Macquarie coastline on their annual migration from the cold waters of Antarctica. Head to your nearest headland vantage point and look for the tell tales signs of their passing: water spouts formed when the whales blow; splashes caused by tail slapping and even spectacular leaps out of the water when they breach. A number of whale watching cruises are available from the marina at Town Wharf providing visitors with an unforgettable experience. dolphin central The Hastings and Camden Haven rivers are home to a number of bottlenose dolphins and you'll often spy them lazily gliding through the calm waters all year round. There are several cruise operators that run dolphin watching trips with lucky passengers often treated to dolphins surfing the bow waves during the river cruise. walks, talks & tours National Parks and Wildlife's Discovery program offers a range of nature-based and cultural activities for all ages at fascinating locations in the region's National Parks. Tours are suitable for all ages and can be tailored to suit the needs of particular individuals or groups, such as schools, social clubs or conferences. Ask for details of the current program at the Visitor Information Centres. off the beaten track Wide open spaces and tall green forests are part of the adventure touring experience that more and more people are looking for. Forests NSW maintains an extensive network of roads of varied standards throughout its forests, conveniently allowing a host of exploration opportunities for people with four-wheel drives or trail bikes. A detailed map of the forest tracks is available from the Visitor Information Centres. aboriginal heritage For thousands of years, the tablelands and nearby valleys were home to the traditional Aboriginal custodians of this area, the Biripi People. Tribes probably migrated seasonally, with valley people moving to higher altitudes in summer and highland groups visit the valleys in winter. The picnic and recreation area at Cowarra Dam in Wauchope reflects the local Aboriginal identity and features magnificent ceramic mosaic seating benches, sculpted carved and decorated totems and stainless steel sculpture. The picnic area affords the perfect place to unwind and appreciate one of nature's resources as well as recognising the sites cultural significance to the Aboriginal people. portmacquarieinfo.com.au 15