Byron Bay whale and dolphin trail
Whale watching has become an integral part of our visitor economy and local life in Byron Bay. Through interpretative signage the Whale & Dolphin Trail celebrates our local marine life and introduces you to some of the local Whales and Dolphins that call Byron Bay home.
Before starting your journey make sure you pick up your Activity Pack from the friendly staff at the Byron Bay Visitors Centre http://www.visitbyronbay.com/. It has some useful tips to help you spot and name some of the local dolphins, a colouring in page and a find the dolphin sticker games for the kids – fun for the whole family!
The best place to start your Whale & Dolphin Trail journey is in Denning Park (near the peace pole and surf club) with our first sign, created as a unique and artistic celebration of visiting whales to the Bay. Take the time to learn about these breathtaking creatures and remember to follow the QR code links for more information.
A leisurely stroll along the foreshore pathway, towards the Lighthouse, will bring you to a series of totems. Test yourself or test your fiends on your whale and dolphin knowledge and collect your dolphin icons along the way.
Continuing along the Foreshore pathway will bring you to a very special part of the trail, where we acknowledge our traditional custodians, the Arakwal people, their connection to the ocean and their special relationship with dolphins. You can also discover the story of Yumbalehla, a local humpback whale. Her migration journey will intrigue you and encourage you to come back to Byron Bay to see her.
The first stage of the Whale & Dolphin Trail concludes just before you reach Clarkes Beach with Scallop’s Place. This is a great spot for kids to measure themselves alongside scallop each time they visit and grab a photo – whilst also learning about conservation and protecting our marine life. Your journey can continue from here up to the lighthouse, situated in the Cape Byron Conservation Park, where the headland provides the ideal viewing spot across the Bay.
We would like to thank and acknowledge our project partners:
- NSW Office of Environment & Heritage: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/
- Arakwal: http://arakwal.com.au/
- Cape Byron National Parks and Wildlife: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Cape-Byron-State-Conservation-Area
- Dolphin Research Australia: http://www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com/
- Positive Change for Marine Life: http://pcfml.org.au/
- Dune Care: http://www.byron.nsw.gov.au/dunecare
- Destination Byron: http://www.destinationbyronbay.com.au/
- Byron Bay Historical Society: http://byronbayhistoricalsociety.org.au/
- Oceania Project: https://oceania.org.au/
- Surf Life Saving Australia: https://sls.com.au/
- Southern Cross University: http://scu.edu.au/