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Whale Watching on Stradbroke Island

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North Stradbroke Island is the closest place to Brisbane where you can enjoy land based whale watching. No need to go on a tour, no need to go on a cruise, no sea-sickness!! Just grab a pair of binoculars and look out to sea.

The humpback whales are renowned for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, giving whale watchers a real treat when they are active. In the later months of their migration, it is not unusual to see a mother whale travelling south with her calf, which is a sight you won't forget in a hurry.

When do the whales swim past?

Anytime between late May and early November each year. Humpback whales feed only in summer, in polar waters of Antarctica, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters of Fiji and Australia to breed and give birth in the winter. This results in thousands of humpback whales swimming past Australia's east coast between late May and early November each year.

Where to look for the whales on Straddie

Whales - mum & calfThe best vantage points for whale watching on Straddie are:

  • North Gorge Walk, including Whale Rock Lookout and Norm's Seat Lookout
  • North Gorge Walk entrance opposite the Gellati shop
  • Frenchman's Beach stairs
  • Point Lookout Park
  • Snapper Street Lookout platform
  • Beachies Lookout
  • Deadman's Beach
  • Cyliner Beach Lookout
  • Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel

Sometimes the whales can even be seen from your tent if you are camped in the Flinders Beach camping areas.

Walking Tours for Whale Watching on Straddie

Guided whale watching walking tours will depart from Fishes Café at Point Lookout during school holidays. For information visit the Discover Stradbroke website.

Tours are suitable for adults ($15) and school kids ($5) – under 12’s must be accompanied by an adult. Binoculars are included. There’s a limit of fifteen people per group so you need to book 24hrs in advance to secure a spot. For bookings call Fishes at the Point on 07 3415 3444.

Fishes at the Point is located across from the Gorge Walk at 15 Mooloomba Road, Point Lookout.

The tours will be guided by marine biologist Dr Olaf Meynecke, a researcher with the Grifh Center for Coastal Management and founder of the not-for-profit community based research organisation Humpbacks & High-rises Inc.

Olaf has been studying and working in science and marine biology for almost 20 years. He is an enthusiastic and dedicated marine advocate and leads a humpback whale research program covering Point Lookout to Tweed Heads humpback whale resting area.

Where can I get binoculars on Straddie?

Binoculars can be hired from Fishes at the Point for $10 per set for up to 4 hours use.

Fishes at the Point is located across from the Gorge Walk at 15 Mooloomba Road, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island. For information visit the Discover Stradbroke website.

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