During the cooler months (June-September), North Queensland’s Eastern coastline comes alive with the spectacular acrobatic display of humpbacks whales. After filling their tummies all summer in the Antarctic waters, these charismatic animals migrate north up the coast to the tropical waters of North Queensland to mate and give birth.
At an astounding maximum length of 16 metres, the humpback is not the largest whale found in Australian waters but definitely the most iconic! These playful creatures seem to enjoy putting on a show, with pectoral fin waves, tail slapping and even full breaching! WOW!
This humpback highway is the perfect opportunity to watch these majestic creatures pass by. Forget the squinting as you try to get a glimpse of these gentle giants from land. Head out with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive for the best natural vantage points and have the ultimate whale watching experience!
Cruise past Magnetic Island’s beautiful coastline scattered with large granite boulders and towering native hoop pines.
Keep an eye out for the abundance of marine life such as turtles, dolphins, and the secretive dugongs. Don’t forget to stretch that neck and discover the world above us with the resident Brahminy and whistling kites, and the ever-majestic white breasted sea eagles! All while you watch enough whales to leave your whale-loving heart a flutter!
Located in the Palm Island Group, Orpheus Island is an incredibleGreat Barrier Reef island that offers picturesque coastlines and a truly memorable escape. Watching whales in paradise? Sign me up! While it’s a bit further away than Magnetic Island, this ocean wonderland earned itself a spot on the list with its’ fringing coral reefs, making it a haven for snorkelling. Manta rays often glide along the western side of the island.
The trip, which includes a cruise, lunch, and a swim lasts for about 7 hours and is limited on numbers. Once the whales have been spotted, you’ll have the possibility of truly get up close and personal – and it’s all on the whale’s terms (no touching!).
After a full day of exploring, discovering and whale watching opportunities a-plenty. Do you want to know the best part? It all leaves from the amazing city of Townsville North Queensland.
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