One of the best things about winter in Australia is being fortunate enough to be able to witness the spectacular sight of whales migrating the vast and scenic coastline. With thousands of the world’s whales found in the nation’s waters between May and October, you’re bound to spot a few humpback and southern right whales at one of our best places for whale watching season.
There’s an abundance of spots around Sydney to see a whale or two breaching, but our top pick has to be the Fairfax Lookout at North Head. Its infinite ocean views and panorama of the Sydney harbour and skyline make it one of the best viewpoints in the city. Spend a sunny winter’s afternoon up on the clifftops and you’re bound to see at least one whale fin slap, tail slap, or if you’re really lucky breach. North Head is about 11km from the city and you can drive all the way up to the car park before a short five minute walk to the lookout point.
Jervis Bay is a popular spot to see these majestic mammals as it’s a haven for whales and dolphins, as well as having a beautiful coastline. If you want to get up really close and personal and spend the day on the water, book on to one of the daily boat tours from Jervis Bay Wild departing from Huskisson. If you prefer to stay on land, we recommend doing the White Sands Walk as you may be lucky enough to spot the female whales with their calves frolicking in the bay.
Heading up North to Queensland for some winter sun? Head to Hervey Bay for an almost guaranteed sighting of humpback whales, these wonderful creatures use the calm waters around Fraser Island to teach their young the adult whale ways. Expect to see blow-hole spurts, out of the water breaching, and the odd tail slap. Hervey Bay can be reached in just under 3.5 hours by car north from Brisbane.
Western Australia is one of the best places to go whale watching in the world with its yearly migration of humpback and the rare blue whales gracing Albany’s waters. There are some prime viewing spots around Albany’s coastline where you won’t even need to pack the binoculars. Some of the best spots to catch a sight from the shoreline include: Discovery Bay, Marine Drive lookouts, Bald Head, and Ellen Cove Boardwalk. Albany is about 400km south of Perth.
Between May and November head to Australia’s most easterly point to see whales migrate in their thousands at the beautiful Byron Bay. For those who want to stay on land take a drive up to the Cape Byron Lighthouse for extensive ocean views and of course to see the iconic lighthouse. Head for Lighthouse Hill and the viewing platforms at Angel Beach to spot whales frolicking in the bay. Or if you’re feel adventurous book on to a Cape Byron Kayaks tour to observe these majestic mammals up close.
Now you know where the best places are for whale watching season are, what are you waiting for? Book your hire car with DriveNow and tick seeing these magnificent marine mammals off your bucket list.