If you happen to find yourself holidaying at Byron Bay between the months of May and November, you will likely spot some of the whales that make their way along the east coast of Australia during their annual migration. The stretch of coastline found between Byron Bay and Ballina is not only home to spectacular golden beaches and sparkling waters, but also many great places from which to spot whales, so be sure to pack your best binoculars!
Spend some time at the Cape Byron Lighthouse within the Cape Byron Conservation Area and see if you can spot a pod of whales frolicking out at sea. The expansive panoramic views offered from Australia’s most easterly point, on which the lighthouse sits, make the vantage point a safe bet for spotting the region’s unique aquatic visitors during their migration.
In addition to the views from the lighthouse, the conservation area also plays host to a number of scenic vantage points that include the Captain Cook lookout, which also overlooks one of the region’s most popular beaches; the Cape Byron walking track, which winds its way along part of the Byron coastline; and several cliffs that offer sublime views.
Outside of Byron Bay, and between the towns of Ballina and Lennox Head, are a number of great whale viewing spots that provide uninterrupted views out to see. Stop by one or a few of the whale watching vantage points which include the viewing platforms at Angel’s Beach and Flat Rock as well as Skennars Head, Flat Rock, Rocky Point, Boulders Beach and the Pat Morton Lookout.
If you’re an early riser, or are looking for a unique whale watching experience to remember, head to one of the great viewing spots around Byron Bay, Ballina and Lennox Head and watch the sun rise while the migrating whales swim and play in the water ahead.
For people interested in getting out on the water for a closer look, there is a choice of whale watching tours in Byron Bay.
Start planning where you’ll try your luck at whale watching this year and make the most of the fantastic viewing spots in the Byron Bay region!