Get on board for an unforgettable ocean experience with the Humpback Whales of Byron Bay.
WILD BYRON Whale Watching conduct daily whale watching tours between June and November. Our trips are intimate and personalised with a maximum of 12 customers per tour. It is highly likely that we will encounter several whales each tour and also other marine creatures such as dolphins, turtles and migratory seabirds as we explore the Cape Byron Marine Park
Every winter over 30,000 humpback whales migrate from Antarctica up the East Australian coast to mate and birth their calves in warm tropical waters. Witness their playful curiosity, clowning and acrobatics as they breach, slap and splash just off the beaches of beautiful Byron Bay. We operate daily tours for the more adventurous at heart on our purpose built boat "Apollo 2", the same design as offshore rescue vessels, a rigid hulled Inflatable with powerful engines for safety, speed and comfort. Our focus is giving you an intimate experience with the whales on a small personalised tour with no more than 12 passengers.
COST Whalewatch : $89
DURATION : 2 HOURS 30 MIN
DEPARTS DAILY AT 8AM,11AM, 2PM (WEATHER PERMITTING)
Whale sightings guaranteed or second trip is free!
Free shuttle from Byron Bay to our boat
FOR BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES
WILD BYRON Whale Watching tours operate out of the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour just 15 mins from Byron Bay. We provide a free shuttle service from Byron Bay if you don`t have your own transport. Please let us know when you make the booking if you need to be picked up. Whale watching trips depart daily dependant on weather, tide and sea conditions. In the event the tour is cancelled due to unsuitable conditions you can jump on the next tour or receive a full refund.
ABOUT THE HUMPBACK WHALE
Each year between April and November, Australia’s eastern coastline comes alive with the spectacular acrobatic displays of humpback whales. After a summer of feeding on krill in Antarctic waters, these charismatic animals migrate north up to 10 000 kilometres to sub-tropical waters such as Byron Bay where they mate and give birth.
The exact timing of the migration period can vary from year to year depending on water temperature, sea ice, predation risk, prey abundance and the location of their feeding ground. The majority of humpbacks in Australian waters migrate north from June to August, and back towards the Southern Ocean from September to November. Groups of young males typically lead the migration while pregnant cows and cow-calf pairs bring up the rear. Adult breeding animals form the bulk of the migration in the middle stages.
At a maximum length of 16 metres, the humpback is not the largest whale found in Australian waters but it is arguably the most iconic. Recognised by Australians today as more valuable alive, both environmentally and economically, this species was once valued only when it was dead — mainly for its oil and baleen, or ‘whalebone’.