Whale of a time
Get up close and personal with majestic humpback whales as they pass by the South East Queensland coast to the warm, tropical waters of Queensland.
Land-Based Whale Watching
In just under an hour you can witness one of the greatest natural experiences on earth, viewing the passing parade from Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland’s most easterly point for land-based whale watching. Sea turtles and a large pod of bottle-nose dolphins also call Point Lookout home and can be spotted almost all year round. To help you find the best vantage points, our friends at Discover Stradbroke have pulled together a great map with all the best whale-watching spots. Click here to download.
Cape Moreton on Moreton Island is also another great spot for land-based whale watching. While whales can only be spotted from June to November, dolphins, sharks and turtles can be spotted all year round.
To see their antics even closer, Brisbane Whale Watching and Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruises offer tours in Moreton Bay Marine Park and guarantee a sighting.
Fun Whale Facts
• Growing to up to 16m in length and weighing up to 40 tonnes, a single whale can be equivalent to 11 elephants or 600 people.
• Whales are very active creatures, regularly performing a variety of behaviours like pectoral slapping, tail flapping and breaching.
• Whales generally live to at least 48 years, but it is likely to be higher and probably closer to 100.
• Whale songs are only sung by the males and can last from a few moments to an hour and travel for hundreds of kilometres. These sounds are about 170 decibels!
• A whale's cruising speed when moving leisurely is 3.5 to 5 knots but when chased they can reach speeds of 9 or 10 knots.
• Their annual migration from Antarctica to Queensland covers 10,000km (5000km each way) from May to November.