Point Lookout has long been regarded as one of the best places on the east coast to observe the annual Humpback Whale migration. Dr Olaf Meynecke, a renowned marine biologist from Humpbacks and Highrises, has a soft spot for Straddie as a popular research zone with more than 10,000 whales passing by Point Lookout each year between May and November! Whale watching is one of the favourite winter pastimes at North Stradbroke Island, with humpback whales visible from a number of vantage points at Point Lookout. On the North Gorge Walk excellent views are obtained from Norm’s Seat and above Whale Rock; while at the Frenchman’s Bay end of Bambara street and Timbin Road, elevated timber platforms have been provided giving views over Boat Rock and The Group rocks just offshore.
Dr Olaf Meynecke from Humpbacks and Highrises.
- The whale watching season starts with the first whale sightings in late May each year when the whales are moving north and lasts until early November when the whales return to their Antarctic home with their young in tow.
- Approximately 18,000 whales migrate each season between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef. A variety of species including Humpbacks, Southern Wright and sometimes Blue Whales pass close by Point Lookout on the way to their Hervey Bay and Whitsunday breeding grounds.
- Point Lookout is the perfect place for land based whale watching – there’s no need to go on a boat. The whales are often only a few hundred metres off the point and can be easily seen breaching and slapping the water with their fins and tails.
- A great way to watch the whales and all the other abundant marine life around Straddie including dolphins and turtles is to ride or walk the Discover Stradbroke Whale Trail. You can grab some lunch at Fishes at the Point, across the road from the Gorge Walk.
Discover Stradbroke by Bike:
- Exploring North Stradbroke Island by bike is a healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around this magnificent island. You can ride out to the first viewing area on the Gorge Walk and other vantage points around Point Lookout.
Walk the Whale Trail:
- If you’re not into a bike ride, you can walk the Discover Stradbroke Whale Trail instead.
- Download and print the Discover Stradbroke Whale Watching Kit or pick up a free copy of the kit from our office or Fishes Café, across from the Gorge Walk at Point Lookout.
- Whale Watching Tours with a Marine Biologist are running daily during the September/October school holidays. For more information visit our Latest News section or call Discover on 07 3415 3949. Tours depart from Fishes at the Point visit their website for details.
Get up Close:
- Grab some binoculars for $10 from Fishes Cafe and happy whale watching!
How to book a bike and binoculars: