Enjoy whale watching at Australia's most easterly point between May and November, when whales migrate in their thousands. The Byron Bay region, on the North Coast of NSW, offers excellent opportunities to spot whales frolicking around Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Ballina.
Land-based vantage points include Cape Byron Lighthouse in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. In Ballina, head for Lighthouse Hill and the viewing platforms at Angels Beach, Flat Rock and Skennars Head.
Rocky Point and the Pat Morton Lookout in Lennox Head are popular too. You can also take a tour to excellent whale-watching locations with Boomerang Bus Byron Bay.
For the chance to get even closer to whales, Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay and Cape Byron Kayaks offer kayaking tours to observe these majestic mammals. You can also paddle up to dolphins in the Cape Byron Marine Park. With Sundive Byron Bay, you can view whales while snorkelling at Julian Rocks.
A whale-watching cruise with Blue Bay Whale Watching, Byron Bay Eco Charter or Whale Watching Byron Bay is another exciting way to experience these amazing animals up close. Some of the cruise boats have hydrophones that enable you to listen to humpback whales singing.
To see where the whales are right now in maps you can use the Wild About Whales app. This will also give you tips on how to spot them and the best vantage points.