Welcome to winter in Byron Bay. Winter is the prime time for spotting humpback whales off Cape Byron as they make their annual migration north. Along their mammoth 10,000-kilometre journey, the whales pass by Byron Bay where you can spot them travelling with their young. The whales and their calves are returning to the warmer sub-tropical waters to breed after spending the summer months feeding in the waters of Antarctica.
Humpback whales are arguably the most iconic visitors to travel through the Bay, with their mesmerising acrobatic displays and their adorable offspring warming the weariest heart. There are many ways to whale watch in Byron Bay, here are our top four suggestions:
Tallow Beach: One of the best places to see humpback whales is right in front of Byron Holiday Park. Take a blanket and binoculars and follow the walking track from our park down to Tallow Beach. Once here, you will find plenty of space to set up for some serious whale watching.
Cape Byron Lighthouse: Looking for a vantage point to spot the whales? Look no further than Cape Byron Lighthouse. This iconic location provides a fantastic opportunity to view the humpbacks from a breath-taking angle. You can drive there or do the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk and take advantage of the additional viewing platforms along the way.
Go Sea Kayak: Want to get up close and personal with the humpbacks? Book yourself in for a Go Sea Kayak tour and see these inquisitive animals from sea level. Experiencing the enormity of the humpbacks as they swim metres from you while you’re out kayaking on the Bay is an experience not to be missed!
Byron Bay Whale Watching: Want to get up close and personal to the humpbacks but from the comfort of a boat? Then witness this incredible animal migration on an exciting boat cruise. Whale Watching Byron Bay will take you right up to the humpbacks with the beautiful Byron Bay coastline as your backdrop. You may also spot other local marine life including dolphins, turtles and maybe even a shark!
Experiencing the annual humpback migration is a spectacle of the natural world that is not to be missed! It is the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy, and there is no better place to do it than in beautiful Byron Bay!