The gentle giants of the sea have long fascinated humankind onshore, and those lucky enough to stand on Australian shores can get closer to these magnificent creatures than most. The waters surrounding Australia are like a natural whale sanctuary, as the awe-inspiring creatures thrive in the warmer waters, journey across the open ocean, bear their young and often grace this region with their natural beauty. 

Whether on a family vacation or a romantic getaway, whale watching is an activity that everyone can enjoy from Australia’s white sandy beaches, sheer cliff tops, dramatic coastal roads or the wide expanse of blue waters. Take a look at our favourite whale watching spots across Australia where you can enjoy fantastic vantage points and the very best accommodation, of course.


Cape Byron, New South Wales

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

Kia Ora Byron

Byron Bay, New South Wales


A stylish and laidback beach hideaway in the vibrant town of Byron Bay, Kia Ora is a 3-bedroom holiday home for families or groups of up to 6.

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Seaview Sanctuary

Byron Bay, New South Wales


Consisting of 5 bedrooms and ample living space, Seaview Sanctuary is an award winning holiday home located in the popular coastal town of Byron Bay.

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Pacifique On Pacific

Byron Bay, New South Wales


A designer luxury retreat in Byron Bay, the six bedroom Pacifique on Pacific boasts vintage European charm and stunning Byron hinterland views.

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Jabiru Beachfront Byron

Byron Bay, New South Wales


Enjoy a fun family getaway or relax with friends at Jabiru Beachfront, a private 3 bedroom home only 30m from Tallow Beach.

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Augustine

Byron Bay, New South Wales


A beautiful luxury retreat in Ewingsdale for up to 12 people, Augustine makes for an idyllic holiday home 15 minutes away from Byron Bay town centre.

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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 for an unforgettable honeymoon or anniversary.

Elysian Retreat

Whitsundays, Queensland


A romantic and all-inclusive getaway with spectacular views and beachside location, Elysian Retreat is the perfect destination for couples.

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qualia

Whitsundays, Queensland


Located on the exclusive Hamilton Island, qualia is a private luxury world class resort offering a sensory experience in the beautiful Whitsundays.

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Yacht Club Villas

Whitsundays, Queensland


Set on the scenic and serene Hamilton Island, Yacht Club Villas are luxurious waterfront private villas perfect for a family or group of friends.

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Beach Club Hotel

Whitsundays, Queensland


An idyllic couples retreat, Beach Club Hotel is a 57-room luxury property on Hamilton Island with direct access to the white-sands of Catseye Beach.

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Infinity

Whitsundays, Queensland


Located on the exclusive Hamilton Island, Infinity is a prestigious 3 level five bedroom holiday home with views over the Whitsunday waters.

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Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Travel along one of the world’s greatest coastal drives whilst spotting whales just off the shore. Between June and October, the Southern Right Whales travel from the cool waters of Antarctica to the warmer areas of the Indian Ocean, making the Great Ocean Road the perfect vantage point. Find yourself on one of the many deserted beaches where you can enjoy the white sand and the cool waters with only the nearby whales for company.

Eagle Point

Great Ocean Road, Victoria


An exclusive holiday home with breathtaking ocean views, Eagle Point is perfect for family holidays or coastal escapes for groups of up to 12.

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The Summer House Torquay

Great Ocean Road, Victoria


Perfect for weekend escapes and luxury getaways, The Summer House Torquay is a picturesque & charming 4 bedroom holiday homestead on the Surf Coast.

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Ned’s Retreat

Great Ocean Road, Victoria


Located just north of Lorne on the Great Ocean Road, Ned’s Retreat is an ideal property for large families of up to ten people, or two families holiday.

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Sandstonehaven

Great Ocean Road, Victoria


Sandstonehaven is a spacious beachfront holiday home featuring breathtaking ocean views and family-friendly indoor/outdoor living.

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The Pavillion

Great Ocean Road, Victoria


Located just a few blocks from the beach, The Pavillion is the perfect 4 bedroom property for a luxurious, and spacious, family holiday.

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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.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Coral Coast, Western Australia


Boasting an incredibly secluded and stunning location, Sal Salis is a beachside luxury safari camp in Western Australia’s Cape Range National Park.

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Tasmania

Chilly waters, wild coastline and an astonishing array of nautical wildlife make Tasmania 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.

Adventure Bay Beach House

Southern Tasmania, Tasmania


A secluded hideaway on Bruny Island with stunning sea vistas, Adventure Bay Beach House is a stylish holiday home for couples or groups of up to 4.

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The Peninsula Experience

Southern Tasmania, Tasmania


Offering luxurious getaways for couples and small groups, The Peninsula Experience is a piece of paradise nestled in Tasmania’s Huon Valley.

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The Ocean Retreat

East Coast, Tasmania


Perched on the shoreline on the Falmouth Coast, The Ocean Retreat is an indulgent, contemporary holiday home with spectacular ocean views.

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Lyenna

East Coast, Tasmania


Located on Tasmania’s scenic East Coast, Lyenna enjoys a secluded seaside position with spectacular views.

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Avalon Coastal Retreat

East Coast, Tasmania


Perched high on a headland overlooking Great Oyster Bay, Avalon Coastal Retreat is a boutique waterfront retreat with three spacious bedrooms.

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Image Credit: Tourism Australia & Tourism Tasmania and Andrew Wilson