Have you seen the whales yet?
Byron Bay is one of the best places in Australia to see Humpback Whales as they migrate from cold Antarctica to the warmer waters of Queensland, and back again. This migration happens each year between April and December.
The main reasons for the migration are food and breeding – the Humpback Whales spend their summer feeding in Antarctica, but move to warmer tropical waters in the winter to breed. They return to Antarctica in spring.
The population that migrates up the east coast of Australia is estimated to be up to 17 000 individuals.
Humpback whales migrate around 5000km on average, one of the longest migratory journeys of any mammal on Earth.
Top Tips for Whale Watching in Byron Bay
- Walk to Byron Bay Lighthouse – this is the best place in Byron to look out to sea and spot the whales. You’ll get the best view if you take some binoculars.
- Keep your eyes open at the beach – you might see the splash of a whale out in the water!
- Take a kayaking trip (ask Luiz at BWT!) to get really close to the whales.
- Go on a whale watching tour (Whale Watching Byron Bay run trips every day)
- Spot whales from above with a gyrocopter tour – it’s a unique perspective and an unforgettable experience!
For more information visit www.wildaboutwhales.com.au
Happy whale watching!