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Whale season in the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is not just a hot destination for travellers from all over the world each year, but is also a top destination for animals that migrate through the Whitsundays. 

Regarded as a second to none location for spotting whales, the Whitsundays is known as the home to thousands of migrating whales every year between June and August. Great numbers of visitors from around the world are visiting Airlie Beach in the hopes to see one of the magical mammals in its natural habitat.

With its warm winter temperatures and calm waters, which are protected by the Whitsundays islands, the Whitsundays is an ideal location for female whales, most commonly humpback and pilot whales, to give birth to their calves every year. With their young calves, most whale sightings around the Whitsunday islands are of a mother and her calf, either feeding or playing together, as well as pods of whales breaching at the surface as they move around.

For those who have never witnessed a whale in the wild, this is an once-in-a-lifetime experience and something you will want to remember. And as an added bonus during the peak winter months, whale sightings occur almost daily on day and overnight tours around the Whitsundays islands, and occasionally the Great Barrier Reef. Whales are often spotted out in the bays as you make your way around the islands, and have been known to breach, or jump completely out of the water. Your crew will keep an eye out for whale activity and are sure to let you know if any of these beautiful animals are around. 

Famous sightings

  • Migaloo the white humpback whale became famous for its rare colouring, and has been spotted in the Whitsundays.
  • Chalkie the white whale was born in the Whitsundays is also a famous mammal.

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