Best Gold Coast Whale Watching Spots
There are many amazing things to experience on the Gold Coast, and one of them is being on the Humpback Highway, the migration route for the wonderful sea creatures that are whales. The Gold Coast offers some of the best whale watching in the world, with a long season stretching from May to November. We are spoiled with a free nature show every day as the whales head to the warmer waters of the north and return south in the spring.
Seeing a family of whales frolic and splash in the ocean is an indescribable experience, so why not head to one of these whale watching sites in our backyard. Here are 10 spots for whale watching on the Gold Coast.
Everyone’s favorite sunset picnic spot, Burleigh Hill is also a great spot for whale watching. Bring a blanket and your favorite bevvy and get ready to observe the waters with a keen eye. If no whales show up, don’t worry, this is also a great spot for people watching.
If you are looking for an epic whale watching spot on the northern end of the Gold Coast, the Spit is your best bet. At the end of the 5km long, largely undeveloped strip of sand, you’ll find a massive jetty that will take you right above the waves and close to the humpback road.
Point Danger Headland, on the New South Wales / Queensland border, offers breathtaking views of the ocean as far as the eye can see. You can spot whales for miles on a clear day. Pack a picnic or head to the famous Café Dbar for a snack or a cup of tea.
Fingal Head Lookout
The beautiful unspoiled beaches of Fingal Head are worth a visit whether it is whale season or not. Perch on the rocks in front of the scenic Dreamtime Lighthouse and gaze out over the Fingal Head Causeway as you wait for a whale or two to make a splash. Trying not to get distracted by the natural beauty around you can be easier said than done, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.
Cape of Cabarita
This one is a bit further south than the others, but worth a visit for the amazing ocean views and the peace and quiet. Norries Headland Lions Park has a wooden boardwalk that leads to the top with incredible views in all directions, including a beautiful cove with tidal pools just below.
North Burleigh Lookout
A well-kept local secret, the North Burleigh Lookout features ocean-facing platforms and benches with incredible views of Burleigh Heads and Surfers Paradise. If you’re feeling peckish after a long day of whale watching, Miami’s restaurant scene is just steps down the street.
The viewing platform at the top of Elephant Rock provides the perfect vantage point to look for whales. If you forgot your binoculars, there are telescope binoculars that you can use by putting in a coin. The Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club built on the rock has a dining room with a great view of the ocean if you prefer to seek out whales with a glass of bubbles or a pint in hand.
Tumgun Belvedere | Burleigh Head National Park
Put on your running shoes and head to Tumgun Lookout in Burleigh Heads National Park for an incredible nature experience. Load up the winding path up the hill for a good workout, but be sure to set aside a good time to keep an eye out for whales once you get to the lookout. They can hold their breath underwater for over an hour, so patience is essential.
Rainbow Bay Lookout
The Rainbow Bay Lookout offers spectacular panoramic views of Greenmount Beach to the south and Coolangatta Beach to the north. With observation decks, barbecues and shaded tables, why not pack your lunch and make it a day! If it’s not too cold, you might even want to take a swim at one of the stunning beaches with lifeguards on either side.
Whales in paradise
Surfers have their own share of whale watching activity in the form of the adorable named Whales in paradise Cruises. Whales In Paradise promises to deliver not just another cruise, but an experience with the naturally curious humpback whales we all know and love. With a water-level viewing platform and the guarantee that there will only be as many customers as possible, Whales in Paradise will do just about everything possible to make sure you see whales. These silent cruises were also the very first whale watching tour operator on the Gold Coast, so you can be sure they certainly know their stuff.
Looking for cooler things to do? Check out our list of 50 cheap or free things to do on the Gold Coast.
Image credit: Yalingbila Tours (provided)