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As the cooler month is upon us. So is the time to grab those binoculars because we are now in whale season! In Australia, this happens between the months of May and November. However, whale watching differs throughout the country and so do the kinds of whales you’re likely to see.

In May, humpbacks and southern right whales migrate from the Antarctic to the tropical waters of Australia for mating season. Minke Whales and even the rare blue whales also pass by Australian waters throughout their migration!

The warmer waters provide a safe habitat for birthing and nursing their calves, helping the growing whale population in Australia. Fun fact too, 60 per cent of the world’s whales are found around Australian waters – how cool is that?

Whale Watching around Victoria and South Australia:

Every year along the Southern Coast of Australia you might get the chance to see the southern right whales migrate to the bays of Victoria and to South Australia to deliver their calves. This is usually between June and October when they swim closest to the shorelines. In Warrnambool, Victoria, blue whales can occasionally be seen in May as well. Two birds one stone you can travel along the Great Ocean Road on the southeastern coast and stop at the popular lookouts you might just spot some whales frolicking and breaching. These points are Cape Nelson, Portland Bay and Warnambool.

Whales are known to be curious and tend to venture close to humans, often swimming close to boast. However! please note for most places around Australia those that don’t hold a whale cruise tour license watercraft/vessels are not to approach within 200/300 metres of a whale and it is illegal to touch or feed whales.

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Whale Watching around New South Wales:

The East Coast of Australia offers amazing opportunities to spot a whale, especially along the coast of New South Wales and Queensland. The best time to see these beautiful creatures is between May through July and September through November.

In Wollongong, you’ll spot humpback whales close to shore making their way to Queensland. Humpback whales, like southern rights, are super friendly and to are curious about boats and divers. This nature has given them the name of being the most popular whales among watchers.

In Newcastle and Wollongong, you might be able to spot a whale-watching cruise tour – they usually know the best times of the day to spot whales frolicking around.

Whale Watching around Queensland:

Nothing is more beautiful in Queensland than our beautiful Great Barrier Reef. Only to have whale watching too! Humpback and dwarf minke whales can be seen around May and September in warmer waters. The absolute best time though is between July and September

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You might also catch seeing them along the Gold Coast and has been reported that the whales come as close as one or two kilometres from the shore! Whales can be spotted throughout the whale-watching period but the best in the Gold Coast is late July or early August. You can check out the views of humpback whales from Point Danger, Burleigh Hill and Miami Hill.

Hervey Bay’s clear waters make it easy for seeing humpback whales and they are frolicking and breaching. While they lead their young along the waters of Fraser Island. The best time to check them out here is around July and October before they head south for feeding.

Whale Watching around Tasmania:

Humpback and southern right whales start the migration from polar waters and are sighted regularly off the Tasmanian coast between May and December.

Humpback and southern right whales are increasing in Tasmania, including the Derwent and Tamar Rivers and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Humpback whales pass through to give birth in the warm waters of Northern Australia before returning from September. Though a number of juvenile humpbacks remained in the Derwent River/Storm Bay. Some southern right whales give birth in Tasmanian waters and remain here throughout the season.


Swimming with Whale Sharks:

In Western Australia, the opportunity awaits you to take a tour with whale watching and swimming. This is located at Ningaloo Coast which is the Northwest Coast of WA. The best time to take a cruise to Ningaloo Reef is between March and September for the chance to get up close and personal. The whale sharks have actually been listed as the world’s largest fish these marine creatures though are more like whales than sharks with their behaviour. They are docile and accustomed to swimming next to us humans. Their diet consists of micro-organisms such as plankton and krill (not us!).

Source: Diving with whale sharks

If your not on that side of Australia – that’s okay!
Dwarf Minks hang around Ribbons Reef on the GBR between May and September, and in early July. This is the only place in the world where humans can interact with these whales. With limited tours permitted offering this service.

So if you’re along the coast of Australia check out these beautiful creatures as they are a delight in our waters.