01 Apr Exploring Beautiful Byron Bay During Whale Season
Autumn is such a magical time to visit Byron Bay and among other things, enjoy some whale watching.
As the days become shorter, and the nights turn cooler, our beautiful town slows down (a little) and takes a breath, just in time to welcome our most iconic and beloved visitors – the Humpback Whale.
Over the cooler months Byron Bay is spoilt with warm, sunny days and mild nights, spectacular ocean sunrises and dramatic hinterland sunsets. Our Wild Goat team thinks it’s the perfect excuse to come and discover the town’s pristine beaches and renowned natural beauty for yourself.
To help you explore Byron Bay’s natural wonders on foot, we recommend downloading the self-guided Cape Byron State Conservation Area walking tour app. Developed by National Parks & Wildlife Service, this free app brings to life the sights, sounds and stories of the local area, as well as detailed information on the native flora and fauna in the National Park (did I mention it’s free).
Tell me more about the whales you say?
Whale Watching Byron Bay
You can spot humpback and southern right whales dotted along the coastline from late April until November each year, with majority of humpbacks migrating north from June to August, and back south from September to November. After a summer spent feeding on krill in Antarctic, the whales undertake their long journey north (travelling up to 5000km), to warmer sub-tropical waters to breed and give birth, before migrating back south.
Keep reading for our local tips on the best whale watching Byron Bay locations.
Land based whale watching
A must-see for anyone visiting Byron Bay, especially during whale season, as you can often spot the humpbacks straight off the Cape.
(If you want to spot whales, whilst experiencing Australia’s first mainland sunrise in pure luxury, then get in touch to book our signature experience, Toast the Sun).
Offering uninterrupted coastal views, this rugged headland is the perfect picnic spot to sit back and watch the whales pass on by (also great for birdwatchers).
Set just below the Cape Byron Lighthouse, Watego’s beach and The Pass lookout (set above Byron’s most popular surfing line up) offer perfect, sea-level vantage points for spotting whales and other marine life including bottlenose dolphins, turtles, rays and sharks.
Whale Watching from the Ocean
Get up close and personal with these giants of the ocean. Tours run daily by experienced guides with a wealth of local knowledge. You are guaranteed to spot dolphins or you’ll get another tour free (plus it’s a great workout)!
So you can’t quite make it to Byron, but want a piece of her with you at home?
We’re in love with this limited edition picture book Sean O Shea’s Byron Bay.
“The book honours the natural environment of Byron Bay and its abundant wildlife of dolphins, whales, turtles, wallabies, koalas and birdlife …an ode to the natural beauty that captivates each and every person who is lucky enough to visit our little town.” Sean O’Shea
If you’re visiting outside of whale season, or just want to see some amazing local marine and landscape photography, in their natural environment, then you must visit Craig Parry Gallery (Shop 7, 8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481).
So you still don’t know what all the fuss is about? Take a look at our Pinterest board showcasing the best of Byron Bay’s natural beauty (you can thank us later). We look forward to seeing you here soon!