There’s still a couple of weeks before Christmas, but ’tis the season to be jolly because Australia’s whale watching season is here again! Whales migrate from cold waters of the Antarctic up to the more temperate waters of Australia during July to November. Read on to know where is the best spots to catch a glimpse of the biggest water mammals!
The best time to observe whales up close in their natural environment in Australia is from late May, when whales swim to the southern parts of Australia to start breeding. Humpback whales can also be seen swimming along western to eastern coastlines of Australia where the waters are warmer.
The Australian government developed strict laws on whale watching in Australia to protect the wellbeing of whales and dolphins. For example, whale watching boats have to keep a minimum distance of 100 to 300 metres (yellow zone) from the huge marine animals or it’d be entering the red zone, which is forbidden. Boats are not allowed to block the direction whales are swimming towards and not more than three boats can be present in the same area, at the same time.
Take an hour drive along the mesmerising coastline of Keynes to Port Douglas to find a quaint fishing village near the beach. You’ll be able to participate in many water activities like scuba diving, snorkelling and jet skiing.
|(Gregory “Slobirdr” Smith)|
If you’re heading to Brisbane, make time for some whale watching at Hervey Bay — the perfect location for spotting Humpback Whales. Take a trip to Hervey Bay, Queensland from July to November to marvel at the sight of huge Humpback Whales making enormous splash as they hit the waters.
|Fraser Island, Queensland (Tyler Bell)|
What’s a holiday to Australia without going to Gold Coast? It takes approximately only 20 minutes by boat before you can catch sightings of whales. Have a cup of tea or coffee in hand while you look out for traces of the whales migrating to Australia — some companies even offer a 100% whale sighting guarantee!
Don’t forget Gold Coast‘s not-so-famous counterpart, Sunshine Coast. Littered with white sands, Sunshine Coast has all sorts of markets, golf courses and an eclectic range of water sports. Not a sporty person? Visit the Noosa National Park to greet the Australian wildlife g’day mate! or get your blood pumping at Movie World.
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Does Sydney Opera House ring a bell? Stop by Sydney Opera House and Sydney Tower if you have time and take in the beauty of the surrounding. Don’t forget to slide some fresh oysters down your throat, mm mm~
If you have more money to spare, leave mainland Australia and head to Tasmania, an island located south-east of Australia. Whale watching in Tasmania begins in May, earlier than the rest of Australia. At Great Oyster Bay, you’ll be able to see Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whale frolicking around, appearing and disappearing beneath the waves.
‘Tis the best time to go whale watching! Don’t forget to continue piling up those thick clothes to avoid catching a cold — wouldn’t want to spoil your time in Australia now, do you?