With the Australian whale migration season nearly at an end, we decided to head over to North Stradbroke Island and luckily there was a break in the weather. The best place to see whales on the island is from Point Lookout.
The humpback whales were very active and at one stage we saw three breaching in unison. On Point Lookout’s Cylinder Beach the whole crowd of swimmers stopped to watch a pod of whales slapping their tails on the water and breaching not too far off shore. I took this photo on my little point-and-shoot camera so it’s not very clear, but you can see the whale’s tail not that far off the beach.
Whales migrate along the east coast of Australia from June to October and North Stradbroke Island is one of the best places for whale watching. ‘Straddie’ as the locals call it is about 40 minutes drive from Brisbane and both car and passenger ferries have regular services. There’s a range of accommodation options from beach camping to 5 star luxury. It’s also a popular spot for fishing, surfing and diving.