The BEST whale watching locations on the Sunshine Coast
FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS
Check out the best locations for you to catch a glimpse of the annual Humpback whale migration. We recommend which headlands and vantage points on the Sunny coast’s sandy coastline is most likely going to bag you a good view.
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Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park
What is it? 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.
Why do it? 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 trek here, you’ll be rewarded with an absolutely magical spot, easily fit for spending the day.
What is it? Second on our list is the impressive Point Cartwright, which funnily enough, looks a bit like a whale on google maps. It’s a grassy headland located just on the other side of Mooloolaba Spit Beach.
Why do it? Due to its prominent location, Point Cartwright sits perfectly to be able to catch a glimpse of most marine activity.
Highlights: 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!
What is it?Moffat Beach offers whale watching and then some for the southern end of the Sunshine Coast. The prominent headland here gives a great perspective of the whale migration.
Why do it? 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.
Highlights: 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.
Location: Point Arkwright
What is it? 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). Point Arkwright delivers a cracking observation deck which often provides front row seats to some watery action below.
Why do it? Because with the right tides here whales can also be seen very close to shore. This location is magic and it proves to be a consistent wildlife hub. Grab a coffee from the Coolum shops down the road (Raw does great coffee), and head back up for some relaxing viewing.
Highlights: This location is also perfect to catch the local loggerhead turtle population in action as well as predatory birds. Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites are often seen here.