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. Everyone knows the magical feeling of spying one of the majestic mammals from afar so, in the spirit of sharing, we’ve found the top seven spots to see them from the shore.

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 the 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. Delicious 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 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 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, 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 verandah 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 ’til dusk to see the sun set over the hinterland. It’s not too far to 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 and have a drink at Seventy7 Cafe and Bar. For the more adventurous, how about the SkyPoint Climb.

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 (and the not-so furry ones) for a walk and enjoy the scenery (go for a swim if it’s warm enough – we dare you!).

If you’re keen to fully get amongst it book a whale watching tour with Whales in Paradise. You’ll get up close and personal with the beautiful creatures in their natural habitat and seriously, what could be more magical than that?

By Louisa von Ingelheim