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Whale Watching

Whale Watching Stradbroke Island

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.

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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:

  • Call Discover on +617 3415 3949 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Whale Watching Accommodation

Whale watching on Stradbroke Island is an experience that’s not to be missed. Located in between the waters of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Straddie Island offers the best look out points over Moreton Bay.

It is the coolest place in Brisbane to enjoy land-based whale watching and many of our properties have whale-watching towers that make the experience even more spectacular.

Which types of whales swim in the waters off Stradbroke Island?

In migration season, majestic humpback whales swing by South East Queensland on their 10,000km trek to the warm, tropical water up north. You can get a chance to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures between June and November so make sure to plan your visit for around that time period.

The beauty of whale watch on Stradbroke is that you don’t even have to take a tour to experience one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. You can book to stay at a whale watch resort on Stradbroke and sit on your balcony and appreciate the view from the comfort of your own accommodation.

What other wildlife can you expect to see?

Stradbroke Island really is a wildlife wonderland and you can expect to see all kinds of reptiles and land and marine mammals including wallabies, echidnas, koalas, kangaroos, turtles, tortoise, birds, dolphins and dugong.

Browse through our whale watch apartments in Stradbroke, choose one with a sea view terrace and you’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with the wildlife that also calls Straddie home.

Have a question for our team? Get In Touch

If you need more info on whale watch North Stradbroke accommodation for your next visit to this paradise island, be sure to get in touch with our team and we’d be happy to help you find the perfect property.

We have a portfolio of some of the most stunning properties that are excellently located for an amazing whale watching experience.

So whether you’re visiting with extended family and you need a 5-bedroomed luxury apartment to be comfortable in or it’s just you and your loved one looking for a cosy island cabin, we can help you out.

Discover Stradbroke also offers whale watching apartments, pet friendly accommodation, Stradbroke Island holiday deals and Stradbroke Island beach resorts. We also provide Straddie sales and rentals and Stradbroke Island wedding accommodation.

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