It’s that time of year again! Whale watching season has just kicked off in Byron Bay. From the month of May through to November, we get the pleasure of witnessing these fascinating marine mammals migrate. Thousands of humpback whales are beginning to make their annual journey north to the tropics to calve. They then make their return south with their young, with the last spotted going past in November.
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Migaloo, the stunningly rare albino whale who swims past like clockwork around the same time each season. Local photographer Craig Parry captured this breathtaking shot of Migaloo in 2016.
Lucky for us, with Byron Bay being the most easterly point in Australia makes it one of the best vantage points for whale watching.
Byron Bay Lighthouse
The beautiful Byron Bay Lighthouse is located at the most easterly headland point in Australia. Be amazed by the breathtaking panoramas of the entire Bay. With 360 views, you’ll have a hard time missing the whales breach as they make their journey past. Take a kayak tour with Cape Byron Kayaks and see these majestic creatures up close.
Broken Head Nature Reserve
The Three Sisters walking track is an easy 1.6km return walk through lush rainforest overlooking Broken Head and the secluded Kings Beach. With incredible panoramic coastal views, this is a fantastic vantage point to spot the migrating whales, and great for birdwatching too.
Located on the top of Lennox Point – known locally as ‘The Point’ – the Pat Morton Lookout offers breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. The stunning sea views span north across Lennox Head and Seven Mile Beach and south to Rocky Point, Boulders Beach and Skennars Head. It’s the ideal spot to take a picnic and spot the whales cruising past.
A day trip from our resort to Cabarita is the perfect spot to explore the Tweed Coast. The headland makes an idyllic vantage point to see the whales making a splash. While in the area, make sure to check out nearby Casuarina and Kingsliff. One of our favourite pitstops is Farm & Co. for a sunflower field photo op and some fresh fruit for the car ride back to Byron.
Hastings Point Headland
Just past Pottsville, Hastings Point Headland offers up perfect sea views to see whales breaching and dolphins swimming by. Make sure to pack a picnic rug, binoculars and a camera to capture the marine magic. While there, take a dip in Cudgera Creek and soak up the Winter sunshine.
There are even more reasons why you should visit Byron Bay in May and during the low season. We’re offering midweek stays at a discounted rate for the Winter months. Book your Winter Warmer escape to East On Byron now.
Feature image by Craig Parry Photography