The best time of year for whale watching in Byron Bay

The best time of year for whale watching in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is special for so many reasons, but one that really stands out is the annual whale migration that occurs here between the months of May and November.

Every year, beautiful southern hemisphere humpback whales travel north past Cape Byron headland, away from their summer feeding grounds in the Antarctica to the sub-tropics, in order to breed and give birth to their offspring.

Totalling more than 2500 km, this is one of the longest migrations in the animal kingdom! Visitors are lucky enough to be able to see this phenomenon from many different spots in Byron Bay, from stunning walking trails and vantage points, to organised whale watching boat tours.

With lots of coastal walks to choose from, Byron Bay offers spectacular, panoramic views of the ocean, making it the perfect destination for catching a glimpse of the migrating whales.

Between Captain Cook Lookout, the lighthouse and surrounding clifftops, Cape Byron State Conservation Area provides plenty of opportunities for spotting the whales. Take some binoculars with you and stare out into the clear blue waters…you may just spot a pod of dolphins and some sharks too!

There are also several more trails with prime vantage point locations, such as the Cape Byron Walking Track and the viewing platform at the end of the Three Sisters Walking Track, which can be found in Broken Head Nature Reserve.

But if you want to get up close to these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, you can join an organised tour group run by agencies such Blue Bay Whale Watching or Out Of The Blue Adventures.

These boat trips are usually small, highly personalised, and accompanied by an experienced tour guide to answer your whale-related questions and point out any other local sea creatures you might encounter along the way!

So, if you plan on visiting Byron Bay during the migration season, whale-watching is an absolute must-do if you ask us. View our range of Byron Bay holiday accommodation here.