If you haven’t been lucky enough to see a humpback whale breaching before, now is the time to dust off the binoculars and focus your eyeline off the east coast of Australia.
From May to November, thousands of these amazing creatures migrate north from the Antarctic to breed in the warmer waters off Queensland.
Many are clearly visible from a number of key vantage points all along the NSW coast as they make their playful way up as far as the Great Barrier Reef where they give birth to their calves, and mate again.
Then, from mid-August to mid-November, the whales turn south and large numbers of the population, including mothers with new-born calves, enter the sheltered waters of Hervey Bay to rest and play before continuing the long journey back to the Antarctic.
To learn more about one of the greatest natural shows on earth, visit Wild About Whales, were you can also download their handy free app which tracks the giant mammals as they head north, and south.
Fancy waking up to the spectacular sight of a whale breaching as the sun rises over the ocean?
You can make this a reality by staying in one of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services’ unique lighthouse cottages. Offering unrivalled, panoramic ocean views from headlands along the coastline, they are perfect for a whale watching getaway.
To celebrate the start of the season, NSW National Parks is offering a range of special deals, below, on coastal accommodation, ranging from unique lighthouse cottages, to cosy cabins.
Byron Bay Assistant Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages
Situated on the headland in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area – the most easterly point in Australia – these award-winning restored lighthouse cottages boast panoramic views of Byron Bay’s golden beaches, dramatic coastline and iconic lighthouse. Enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the ocean and regular sightings of whales, dolphins and turtles.
- Early bird 50% off: Bookings made between May 1-31, stays between May 1 to 30 November 30 (conditions apply).
- 25% off: Bookings from June 1 to November 30 (minimum stay required).
Montague Island Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottages
Indulge in a weekend escape with a difference by staying in one of two lovingly-restored heritage lighthouse keeper’s cottages on the unique wilderness sanctuary of Montague Island Nature Reserve. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views from the cottages and spot whales, dolphins, seals and penguins on your island oasis.
- Stay three nights for the price of two: From May 1 to to November 30.
Green Cape Lightstation Keeper’s Cottages
Perched on the edge of a peninsula in Ben Boyd National Park, these three beautifully-restored keepers’ cottages feature cosy, open fireplaces and charming nautical decor. Along with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining and lounge rooms, each cottage offers a comfortable verandah – perfect for whale watching and enjoying the fresh sea air.
- Stay three nights for the price of two: Bookings made May 1 to August 31, for stays between June and August.
To book one of these offers, or to view all coastal accommodation deals, click here.