Whale watching on the Eurobodalla Coast
by Catherine Reilly
(Eurobodalla Coast Tourism)
Eyeballing a Whale !
There are more than twenty islands in the waterways and off the coastline of Eurobodalla but
there are hundreds more ?islands that move? on their way. While Sydney and the north coast
are almost at the end of their whale watching season, the southerly migration of whales has
reached our waters now. This year you can access real time messages about where they are
via your mobile phone, facebook or email with Eurobodalla Tourism's new Whale Watching
social media campaign.
?The whale watching season is a great way to use social media tools such as twitter, blogs
and facebook. Messages about whale sightings will be immediate so locals and visitors can
easily head to the location and be rewarded with a whale sighting?, says Catherine Reilly,
Acting Manager, Tourism Marketing. ?The campaign will be supported by keen whale watchers
in various locations along our coastline and out on boats and we are inviting locals who
see whales to twitter us so we can re-tweet to our followers. For the non ?techno? locals,
we?re asking them to phone the Narooma Visitors Centre on 4476 2881 and they will send
the tweet immediately.
Our whale watching season is short but very accessible and exciting
and this campaign will help spread the word about the opportunities for boat and kayak tours
and land based whale watching?.
Twitter followers and Facebook friends can expect to see a few texts or emails a day about
sightings once the Eurobodalla season gets underway from early September. Photos can be
uploaded and viewed at Eurobodalla Tourisms Facebook and the blog. Eurobodalla Tourism
will also be re-tweeting messages from the National Parks, ?wild about whales? twitter that
are locally relevant.
?We are keen for all local businesses, not just accommodation and tour providers, to get
behind this campaign and pass on the ?tweets? to customers in shops, cafes and business
places. If their customers are visitors passing through, it may encourage them to stay an
extra night and spend more money in our region. Or it may motivate locals to invite their
friends and families to visit. Word of mouth is still a key influence on where people holiday
and this campaign will get everyone talking about one of our most iconic Eurobodalla experiences.?
says Catherine Reilly.
Regular local tweeters and bloggers at blog site ?nswhales.com.au? include Mark Westwood
from National Parks writing under the name ?Montague Mark?. Mark has the privilege of
taking tours out to Montague Island and says, ? Last year?s whale watching season was
the best yet with daily sightings and large numbers of whales on our waters and we are
expecting this year to be the same. Seeing a whale up close is a memorable experience no
matter how many times you see it and we are lucky to have it all so close by in Eurobodalla?.
The tourism campaign will be supported by a new brochure available at the Batemans Bay
and Narooma Visitors Centres with the top land based whale watching sports and interesting
whale facts. More information about whales, whale watching and boat and kayak tours and
how to access twitter, facebook and the blog can be seen at www.eurobodalla.com.au
To follow the whales locally on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com and join online, then search for
whale_watch and follow the instructions to follow. Or, if you own a Telstra mobile, just text
follow whale_watch to 0198 089 488 and follow the replied prompts.
To become a friend of Eurobodalla Tourism's facebook, search for Eurobodalla Tourism.
To follow Eurobodalla Tourism's whale watching blog, go to www.nswhales.com.au and sign up with your email address. Or visit www.nswhales.com.au
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