The season for whale watching has arrived. Did you know that every year, around 35,000 whales make their way along the Gold Coast? That’s a lot of whales, which is terrific.

These fantastic creatures have come back from the brink of extinction. With expanding population numbers, there is a lot of water traffic along the Humpback Highway, which makes for fantastic whale watching. Make this the year you have a memorable experience with the gentle giant of the sea.

The whale watching season lasts from June until October. The most excellent time to go whale watching on the Gold Coast is in August when whale migration is at its peak and mating season is underway along the humpback highway. However, the decision is entirely yours. Also, the most fantastic time for whale viewing on the Gold Coast is in the mornings and early afternoons when the sun is above, so bring your children.

Now, where on the Gold Coast can you go whale watching?

Where can you go whale watching?

The ideal sites to go whale watching on the Gold Coast during this season are high places with excellent vantage points or cruises where you can get up close and personal with these creatures. 

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Hill in Burleigh Heads is famous for sunset picnics and whale watching. Going on a picnic here is a terrific option if you’re taking the family! You may relax, socialise, and watch the whales. Bring a blanket, a camera, and binoculars for a better look.

If you want to hike, the Tumgun Lookout in Burleigh Head National Park is a good option. The views are worth the trip through the park; once there, you can observe whales.


Elephant Rock is in Currumbin. The site is well-known for its prehistoric volcanic activity. The cliff’s stairs lead you to panoramic ocean views. In addition, the viewing platform provides a good vantage point for looking for whales.

Even if you’re at a good vantage point, bringing a camera with a good lens or binoculars is still a good idea. If you don’t have binoculars, don’t worry; telescope binoculars are available. However, you will need a quarter.

If you’d instead search for whales while sipping a glass of bubbly or a pint, the Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club is a modern café with live music, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a spacious balcony. It is one of the best places to see humpback whales and their calves in action without getting wet.

What should you wear when whale watching?

Do you know what to wear during whale viewing season? Wear comfortable clothing with layers of warmth because you’ll be out in the sun for a while. Remember to bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.

Also, bring your cameras to capture memories to last a lifetime. Binoculars are not required, although you can get one to look at these fantastic creatures closer.

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Organise your trip ahead of time to maximise your chances of seeing whales. Stay at Regency on the Beach for convenient access and lovely Palm Beach Gold Coast accommodation.

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