It’s that time of the year again - the time to head to Burleigh Heads for free whale watching on the Gold Coast.
It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. Burleigh Heads just so happens to be one of the best locations on the Gold Coast to whale-watch, and all it takes is a trusty pair of binoculars and, well, a little patience. But does that matter when the ocean view is so good?
Whale watching season on the Gold Coast typically lasts from July to November. It’s when the humpback whales migrate on what is known as the “Humpback Highway”, located just off the coast of Queensland.
And if you’ve ever wanted to see a whale, now’s the time to head to the coast.
Sure, you can hop on a Gold Coast whale watching tour if you’re wanting a guaranteed up-close sighting. And if that's the case, you can’t go wrong with top-rated tour operators such as Whales in Paradise, Spirit of Gold Coast and Sea World Whale Watch Cruises. Each offers a catamaran trip with onboard commentary, 360-degree views and a free return trip should you experience an “off day”.
But for those on a budget, here are the best Gold Coast whale watching locations to visit without getting your wallet out.
Burleigh Hill/Burleigh Point
From Burleigh Heads Beach, simply walk up to Burleigh Hill for incredible ocean views into the horizon. It’s a great chill spot and one that just so happens to be a superb location to whale-watch.
Throw a picnic blanket on the grass and sunbathe while keeping your binoculars at the ready. Who knows, you might just catch a glimpse of the migrating humpbacks - a sight that isn’t easily forgotten.
Not far from Burleigh Hill, find Tumgun Lookout within Burleigh Head National Park. It's a popular observation deck that’s high up, boasting breath-taking views both along the coast and far into the ocean.
Again, don’t forget your binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for whales splashing in the distance. There’s even Jebbribillum Lookout, also located inside Burleigh Head National Park. Simply take your pick.
Burleigh Head National Park Ocean Track
Like to stay on the move? Burleigh Head National Park Ocean Walk is a popular trail for ocean view lovers and trekkers alike. It’s located along the park’s rocky edge, offering some of the best ocean views the Gold Coast has to offer.
Burleigh Head National Park Ocean Track runs right along the oceanfront and, with the right lens, you could even snap a picture with a humpback whale breaching in the background. That’s sure to impress your mates.
Relax Near the Above! Southern Cross Burleigh Heads Accommodation
Now that you know where and how to whale-watch in Burleigh Heads Gold Coast, don’t miss the opportunity this spring with our beachfront Burleigh Heads accommodation at Southern Cross - situated on The Esplanade and just a stone's throw away from all the above Gold Coast whale watching spots.
What do we offer? Modern, spacious, fully self-contained Burleigh Heads beachfront apartments with stunning private balconies and a full range of onsite guest facilities. You might even see the migrating humpbacks from your private balcony.
All Southern Cross apartments feature bright living and dining areas connected to a large open balcony, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, 2 bathrooms, cable TV and free WiFi and the choice of either 2 or 3 bedrooms (Queen bed in the master bedroom).
On top of that, take advantage of resort facilities that include an outdoor swimming pool and spa, indoor spa, gym, sauna, two half-size tennis courts, free secure parking and more.
Whale watching is free in Burleigh Heads, and you can save even more by booking with us directly. That’s our best prices guaranteed, not available anywhere else.
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