Best 5 Whale Watching Spots in Australia

  • Mar 18, 2017
  • Stoewie van den Bulk

The gentle giants of the sea have long fascinated man as he stood onshore; those lucky enough to stand on Australian land can enjoy experiencing the life of the whale. The wealth of Australian waters are considered a natural whale sanctuary, as the awe inspiring creatures thrive in the warm waters, journey across the open ocean, bear their young and often grace us with their natural beauty. 

Whether on a family vacation or a romantic getaway, everyone can catch a glimpse of the wonderful whales from sugar spun sands, sheer cliff tops, dramatic coastal roads and the wide expanse of blue waters. Take a look at these pristine whale watching spots across Australia. 

Cape Byron, New South Wales

One of the most astounding whale watching spots in the country, you are sure to catch sight of the magnificent humpback whales migrating through the warm waters along this coastline. With luxurious and boutique Byron Bay accommodation you can turn this whale watching expedition into a romantic retreat. The best way to glimpse the whales is on one of the majestic coastal walks along the cliffs or out in a kayak to feel the spray in your face and to understand the sheer size and magnitude of these magical creatures. 

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Eden, New South Wales

If you want to take your time with whale watching then the shores of Eden offer the longest season to witness the whales sojourn. Adult whales flock to these parts in June to feast upon the rich marine life before returning in September until November with their young in tow. Humpbacks are the most common as they travel close to shore but you can also spot orcas and sperm whales offshore in this true ocean wild playground.

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Exmouth, Western Australia

Those hoping to spot whale sharks are in for a treat when they visit the plankton rich shores of Exmouth. The whale shark is one of the world’s biggest fish and an impressive feat to gaze upon, yet humpbacks are also a popular sight here traveling in pods from August until October. Stay at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef for a truly once in a life time experience.

Bruny Island, Tasmania

Chilling waters, wild coastline and an astonishing array of nautical wildlife makes Bruny Island a must visit spot for whale lovers. Let the atmosphere of natural beauty sweep you along as you gaze out at humpbacks and southern rights splashing through the teal blue waters. Along with whales you can witness dolphins playing, gulls flocking and seals bathing on the surf shattered rocks. 

Whitsundays, Queensland

If you want to watch whales in paradise then the pristine sands, the turquoise hues and the luxury accommodation of the Whitsundays is waiting. You can spend morning’s snorkelling in the shallows before sitting on the gorgeous sands and watching humpbacks and their calves learning to swim in the warm and welcoming waters. This evocative Australian gem provides the perfect spot as one of the best honeymoon destinations.

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