7* FREE Whale Watching Spots (from the shore)

'Tis the season to ... go whale watching! From June to November we are blessed to have thousands of Humpback Whales passing through our warm waters

If funds are low and taking a whale watching cruise simply isn’t in the budget, have a look at our top spots to whale watch from the shore. (ordered south to north)

Point Danger Lookout, Coolangatta

Point Danger Lookout is right on the NSW - QLD border and features The Captain Cook Memorial Statue and some pretty amazing views to the north and the south.

D'bah is right below so keep your camera ready to capture some surfers in action. Oh, and of course it's a great place to watch whales play out in the ocean, they even have public binoculars!

How about a coffee at Cafe D'bah afterwards? It’s just across the road!

Kirra Hill, Kirra

Just a bit further North is Kirra Hill, another picturesque piece of land. You can either drive or walk up (be warned, it's quite steep) and then just enjoy the view, it's pretty special! Once you're done, head back down into Coolangatta and check out one of the trendy eateries along Marine Pde(our hot tip is Eddie’s Grub House. They have amazing burgers!)

Tumgun Lookout, Burleigh Heads

Sitting atop the Burleigh Head National Park is Tumgun Lookout. It’s  higher then Burleigh Point and gives you a different angle all together (on a clear day you can see all the way to Coolangatta). Put on some active wear, run up Tumgun Lookout through the National Park and enjoy the breathtaking view, and keep a look out for the BIG SPLASH!

Burleigh Point, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Point is like paradise, the most peaceful place on earth and the perfect tinder-date location. It’s easy to spend a whole day here and not get bored for one second. What a coincidence that it's also one of the best whale watching vantage points on the Coast. When you have had enough whale sightings for one day, go have a drink (or two) at Justin Lane's Rooftop Bar!

Miami Hill, Miami

Located in between North Burleigh Surf Club and Miami Surf Club is the Miami Hill lookout. The all-wooden veranda stretches around the headland and offers you great views to the north and south. We suggest going in the afternoon for whale watching and staying till dusk to see the sun set over the hinterland. It’s not too far to the Miami Marketta for a nightcap, some good food and a dance afterwards.

Q1, Surfers Paradise

*Ok, we cheated a little, this is a paid one.
Q1 is one of the tallest buildings on the Coast making it an ideal vantage point (there is nothing you can't see from up there!). Take the super fast elevator to the SkyPoint Observation Deck, soak up the view , watch the whales (great discount with voucher) and have a drink at Seventy7 Cafe and Bar. Or, for the more adventurous, how about the SkyPoint Climb ($10 off with voucher)?

The Spit, Main Beach

The Spit may not be the highest lookout on the Coast but it surely is closest to the action as it stretches way out to sea. It's a great place to take your furry friend (also the not-so furry ones) for a walk and enjoy the scenery (or even go for a swim if it's warm enough - we dare you!).

Hot tip alert: On your way back, stop at Marina Mirage and grab a coffee and doughnut at Providore, they only recently won an award for best breakfast on the Coast!


What's your favourite Whale watching spot? Let us in on the fun and tag us in your best pics #insidegoldcoast

By Louisa von Ingelheim