The Byron Bay region, on the North Coast of NSW, is one of the best places in the world to observe the yearly migration of humpback whales. Watch them pass by from May to November from the most easterly point of the State, Byron Bay, and other coastal towns in the region, like Brunswick Heads, Lennox Head and Ballina.
One of Australia’s most renowned land-based vantage points is the Cape Byron Lighthouse in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. While in Ballina, watch from above the sea at Lighthouse Hill and the viewing platforms at Angels Beach, Flat Rock and Skennars Head.
Rocky Point and the Pat Morton Lookout in Lennox Head also provide ideal vantage points. To find the best vantage points in the whole region, consider a tour of whale-watching locations with Boomerang Bus Byron Bay. You can also discover exactly where the whales are in the Byron area using the Wild About Whales app.
There’s also whale-watching cruises with Blue Bay Whale Watching, Byron Bay Eco Charter or Whale Watching Byron Bay. Some cruise boats have hydrophones that let you listen to humpback whales singing. Many are escorted by experienced marine biologists who will give you an insight into these fascinating creatures.
For an opportunity to get even closer to the whales, take a tour with Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay and Cape Byron Kayaks. You can also paddle right in amongst dolphins in the Cape Byron Marine Park. Or get a close view of whales while snorkelling at Julian Rocks with Sundive Byron Bay.