With the Australian winter seeming to stretch on and on this year, there is one activity that’s guaranteed to get you outdoors and down to the coast during the chilly months – the prospect of seeing a whale as they migrate up to warmer waters.
Three species of whale – humpback, southern right and dwarf minke migrate up from the Southern Ocean along the east and west coast each winter, where the females will give birth to their young in the shallow coastal waters of Queensland and Western Australia.
September and October are great months to see the newborns, as they travel back down to Antarctica.
Check out these fast facts about where to go, and what you can expect to see:
Dozens of tourism operators take whale watching tours out each day, but you don’t even need to hop on a boat to see the majestic giants as they slowly make their way along the coastline.
Some of the best places to go whale watching are land-based where whales can be seen from the cliff tops at places like Warrnambool, Coffs Harbour and Stradbroke Island.