In the Whitsundays, we’re lucky enough to be a part of the path that humpback whales take during their annual migration from Antarctica to the top of far north Queensland. From May to September each year, the whales travel along the east coast to bring their calves to warmer water. And while it’s something that comes around every year, it never loses its magic.

We have spent our fair share of time on the island and we still get just as excited every time we catch a glimpse of these beautiful, majestic creatures in their natural habitat. They’re a playful bunch and love putting on a bit of a show—and it’s one you won’t want to miss. 

To ensure you’ve got a front-row seat to the best performance in town, the WAHI team have rounded up everything you need to know about whale season in the Whitsundays.


When is whale season in the Whitsundays? 

Whale season in the Whitsundays runs from May until September, conveniently crossing over with the Australian school holidays. The season starts when Humpback whales migrate north from Antarctica to breed and give birth in the warm tropical waters of the Whitsundays–our backyard! When the calves are old enough and strong enough, the pod will then commence the return trip south towards the end of September or the start of October.



Passage Peak Viewing Platform, Image Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Where’s the best place to see whales? 

There are so many different ways to see whales when you’re staying at WAHI. Many guests have reported sightings as they have gone about their day on the island. Or if you’re lucky you might even spot a whale breaching out in the ocean while enjoying your morning coffee on your WAHI balcony. 

The beauty of having so many walking trails around the island is that you can get yourself up to some higher ground, where you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the ocean and (hopefully) be privy to a performance from some visiting whales.

For the best chance of spotting one of these creatures in all their beauty, head up to Passage Peak, which is the highest point on the island and boasts panoramic 360-degree views of the island’s surroundings. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled!



How can you get up close with whales in the Whitsundays?

While it is possible to watch these beauties from the island itself, there’s something extra special about seeing them from the water or even in the air! 

As whales are wild creatures, there are no guarantees; however, the tour operators are always hoping to share a whale sighting with their guests when they can. 

If you head out on a fishing charter, sailing tour, day trip or aerial excursion during whale season, you might just get lucky enough to spot one of the largest animals on the planet. The trip itself is sure to be spectacular, and spotting a whale is an unforgettable bonus that you’ll simply never forget.


With whale season underway, now is the time to start planning your winter trip to the glorious Whitsundays. Contact the WAHI team today to secure your self-contained apartment and for plenty more tips to help you make the most of your time away.