From June to November each year, the majestic humpback whales pass the North Gorge Headland on their annual migration from Antarctica to their calving grounds near the Great Barrier Reef. While the whale calves are still quite young, they begin their southern return journey passing close to the coast.
You don't need to take a tour to do whale watching. You can take your own car or public transport and watch the whales from North Stradbroke Island.
The rocky outcrops at Point Lookout are ideal vantage points for land-based whale watching. The whales pass close to the island, so it is usually possible to see them without the aid of binoculars. You can dine at one of the local restaurants or cafes, or take a picnic lunch and eat overlooking the ocean. One of the advantages of this, is that families with small children, elderly people or those with disabilities, are able to spend a day whale watching from a convenient and safe spot.
Those wishing for a different viewpoint can take the North Gorge walk. Starting at the Captain Cook memorial, there is a signed track all the way around.
If you would prefer to go on a guided tour, the 4WD tours take you on a tour of North Stradbroke Island, including land-based whale watching.
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