7 places in Australia where you can shoot a whale ... relax! With a camera, we mean

7 places in Australia where you can shoot a whale ... relax! With a camera, we mean

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EVERY year thousands of whales make the journey from Antarctica to the warmer waters along Australia’s east coast. From July to October it's easy enough to hit the road in your hire car from Sydney or Brisbane and drive along our coastline to catch a glimpse of migrating Humpback whales. Here are seven places you can shoot one - with a camera, of course. We love them.

Cape Byron State Conservation Area Where: 165km south west of Brisbane Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay, is perfect for whale watching. The 3.7 km Cape Byron walking track is the conservation park’s main trail. Begin at the Cape Byron Lighthouse, where you’ll learn from volunteers about these fascinating creatures before strolling through rainforest and beaches where you’ll spot breaching humpbacks.

Port Macquarie whale watching tours Where: 385km north east of Sydney The abundance of marine life off Port Macquarie’s shoreline makes it ideal for migrating whales between June and October. Observe them closely in their natural environment with one of the area’s popular whale watching cruises.

Caves Beach Coastal Walk Where: Wallarah National Park, 130km north east of Sydney Not only does Wallarah National Park have incredible ocean and lake views, but its Cave Beach Coastal Walk has several spectacular whale watching spots. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for migrating whales as you follow the cliff line down to Quarries Head, passing beautiful beaches and caves.

Muttonbird Island Where: 400km south of Brisbane The island’s stunning environment is one of the Coffs Coast’s best areas for whale watching. Walk to the viewing platform at the eastern end of the island and you’ll understand why other travellers have labelled it “the perfect place for bird and whale watching”.

Look at Me Now Headland Where: Emerald Beach, 390km south of Brisbane This relatively easy trail takes you through a significant Aboriginal site and treats you to a wonderful array of flora and fauna. From the headland, you can also clearly see the scenic South Solidarity Island and its surrounding waters, where humpback whales pass between May and November.

Point Danger Lighthouse Where: Tweed Heads, 100km south east of Brisbane The lighthouse, which straddles the border between NSW and Queensland, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Many say the lighthouse, which was originally built to commemorate the bicentennial of Captain Cook’s first voyage, is a “must see” when crossing the border. Meanwhile, others come to this interesting site primarily to watch whales in the distance.

Pilot Hill, Yamba Where: 280 km south of Brisbane The Clarence Coast is home to many vantage points and lookouts, including Pilot Hill, which is a prime spot for whale watching. With panoramic ocean views from the top, people come from all over just to watch whales during migration.

Scott Podmore

Scott Podmore

Award-winning writer, editor, photographer, videographer and owner of October Grey Media. Specialising in travel and lifestyle content and a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Has contributed regular content for the NewsCorp stable of newspapers and magazines, TravelTalk mag, The Departure Lounge and many more publications in Australia and internationally. Follow on Twitter & instragram #scottpodmore

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