Whale watching Hervey bay


Queensland is the absolute ground zero for whale watching. Humpback whales patrol the coast from June to November and have their babies in the warmer waters. The Queensland coast features some great cliffs so if you’re lucky you can catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures on your day-time coastal hike.


The mecca for Humpback whale watching in Queensland. From August to October, the Humpback whales bring their calves for some fun in the Hervey bay water. The bay is a protected area and the whales seem to come really close to the boats. The area is flooded with tour operators offering heaps of choice.


Gold Coast offers good whale watching opportunities early in the season as they arrive and late in the season as they depart for the Antarctic waters. Last time I was in Surfer’s Paradise you could see Humpbacks jumping on the horizon. Get a good vantage point and a set of binoculars and you should get lucky between August and September.


North Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island have great vantage points for whale watching. Take a picnic and make a day of the North Gorge Walk on Stradbroke Island around October time. You can spend a whole afternoon looking for the giants and relaxing on the cliffs looking out to sea. It’s absolute tranquillity.


In Sunshine Coast, you have some great vantage points from which to see the action. Point Perry, near Coolum Beach, has a lookout point and so does the leafy suburb Point Arkwright. Mount Coolum and Mount Emu are also popular whale watching destinations. A Sunshine Coast camping trip, hopping from lookout point to lookout point is definitely on the table for this Spring.

You also have the possibility to do a spot of Diving on Sunshine Coast. If you want to get your flippers on and dive in, you can find some diving schools specialising in spotting Humpbacks from Mooloolaba.


The Whitsundays make an idyllic, picturesque scene to watch for whales. The Islands themselves don’t have any vantage points to see them from the coast, but there are plenty of cruises and charters to choose from. Even if you don’t see any, cruising the Whitsundays makes for a great day out and the fishing in the area is second to none.


North Queensland offers the chance to spot Minke whales who make an annual migration to the Ribbon Reefs around June-July time. The best way to see them is to snorkel on the reef. You will probably hear them long before you see them.


The Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding area is home to every variety of sea-life you can imagine and whales are no exception. The surrounding Islands of Heron Island, Lady Musgrave Island and Lady Elliot Island also have whales in their coastal waters. But for some on shore watching, the Capricorn coast is elevated enough to see the water expulsions when they surface and their iconic tails as they dive. More whales and their calves are also being seen at Keppel Bay each year.


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Oli Ward

Oli has camped and hiked his way around Australia and most of Europe. He also loves writing about his experiences and sharing his knowledge.