VroomVroomVroom Shares Some Whale Watching Tips in Australia
As the weather starts to cool down in Australia and the beaches begin to empty, tourists head to the sea to witness one of the most marvelous sights in the world. Between May and November, a migration of whales takes place in the Land Down Under - making it the perfect time to go whale watching. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Australian Bight and the coast of Western Australia, whales can be seen travelling to the warmer waters for calving.
Humpback whales are the most observed along the eastern & western coasts while the southern right whale is common along the South Coast and through the Bight. Minke whales are also spotted during the migration period.
During the last decade the blue whale has made a return to the coast of Western Australia as its numbers slowly return from being hunted nearly to extinction. The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet and weighs on average 180 tonnes, with an average length of 33 meters. Seeing this whale up close is truly a humbling experience and one that can be a little frightening due to the immense size.
Not as common but also found in Australian waters are killer whales, false killer whales, as well as sei and fin whales.
Along the east coast of Australia during the humpback migration one of the worlds most famous humpbacks makes the annual trip. Migaloo is an extremely rare albino whale who was first spotted in 1991. Migaloo is pure white and very easy to spot. His return to the East Coast each year is celebrated by all those who live along the coast.
Whale watching charters are the best way to see the whales as you truly get to appreciate the size of the animal. Charters are available in numerous coastal areas. If you are taking your own vessel into the area where whales are migrating, there are regulations that stipulate how to approach the whales.
If you are more comfortable on land you can choose to sit on the shore with a good set of binoculars. Places like Cape Naturaliste in Western Australia, Logan Beach in Warrnambool, Byron Bay in New South Wales, Point Danger in Queensland, the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef all offer great viewing. North Stradbroke Island, close to our home in Brisbane, provides a wonderful look out as the whales are found frolicking through the islands with a spot at Point Look Out providing the best vantage point.
So make the most of your VroomVroomVroom car hire by following the whales along the coastline.