Point Perry located in Coolum - A great whale watching location

Whale watching on the Sunshine Coast is a pastime that has long been enjoyed by many. Year after year, these gentle giants navigate through our deep blue waters in search of birthing grounds further north.

The Sunshine Coast offers some fantastic vantage points to view these amazing creatures.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the best whale watching spots locally available. The official season is from late July to early November, so there’s ample opportunity to catch a glimpse.

Noosa National Park photography

Noosa National Park

1. Noosa National Park

Rarely needing an introduction, Noosa National Park takes the cake in being a very special place. Being awarded as one of the few World Surfing Reserves, it’s no surprise why this unreal location takes my number one spot.

Dolphin Point Lookout is a great place to start. This location offers an unimpeded view facing north over crystal clear water.

Once you’ve had your fill here, I’d be heading further along the trail to a lookout called Hells Gates which is located just on the eastern side of Granite Bay.

Luckily for you, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a crisp view right up and down the coastline. This lookout is one of the many reasons that the Noosa National Park is known all around the world.

Limited parking spaces aside, this location is a must-do for any keen explorer.

Perhaps you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten track? If that’s the case, then I would strongly recommend visiting the northern tip of Sunshine Beach.

If you decide to make the treck here, you’ll be rewarded with an absolutely magical spot, easily fit for spending the day.

2. Point Cartwright

Second on our list is the impressive Point Cartwright, which funnily enough, looks a bit like a whale on google maps. See if you can spot it 😉 Due to its prominent location, Point Cartwright sits perfectly to be able to catch a glimpse of most marine activity.

Popular for surfing, fishing and relaxing, parking the car here might not be your best bet. Not to worry, there’s another car park that’s just off Gulai street which is a 7-minute walk away from the headland, ENJOY!

Humpback Whale on the Sunshine Coast

Can you see it 😉

Moffat Beach

Moffat Beach

3. Moffat Beach

Moffat Beach offers whale watching and then some for the southern end of the Sunshine Coast. Jutting out from the coastal landscape surrounding it, it provides superb views to see these majestic giants. Located only one hour from Brisbane Airport, this area is perfect for a day trip without the lengthy drive.

HOT TIP: Grab your beverage of choice from “The Pocket Espresso Bar” and head south walking up Queen of Colonies Parade for a fantastic view.

4. Point Arkwright

Last but certainly not least is this little beauty, that’s well…. kind of a secret, unless you’re a local (shhh, don’t tell anyone I told you). There is a cracking observation deck which often provides front row seats to all of the action below.

Grab a coffee from Coolum shops (Raw does great coffee), and head up the road for some relaxing viewing. Below the platform you’ll be spoilt for choice with turtles, dolphins, rays and other marine life.

With the right tides whales can also be seen close to shore. This location is magic and it proves to be a consistent wildlife hub.

This location is also a fantastic opportunity to see some resident Eastern Ospreys cruising above.
Whales aside, all of these locations and many more are calling your name. For the nature enthusiast, beach bum or exploring family, the Sunshine Coast offers something special for everyone.

Point Arkwright - A great location to watch whales

Point Arkwright Lookout

I’d love to hear some other suggestions on great whale watching
locations you may have found in your travels, comment below!

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