Except for beach loving folk, Aussies all but abandon our oceans during winter – all that’s left is the occasional tourist who thinks 18°C is balmy.

On the plus side, that feeling isn’t shared by our friendly 15-metre sea giants. For humpbacks, the temperature of our ocean is just right.

Seeing these majestic sea creatures is truly a sight to behold. And don’t we go nuts for it! To be honest, if whale watching hasn’t made your bucket list, you better tear up that list and start over! Because nothing could be more magical than seeing humpbacks breach, leap and sing in our beautiful Aussie waters. 

July to November is peak season to spot the majestic humpback whales. Ingenia Holidays have locations spanning the East Coast and many of our parks are perfectly positioned to capture the whales as they migrate north along our coastline. To make planning your trip a little easier, we’ve put together a list of Ingenia Holidays destinations perfect for spotting a whale or two. 

Broulee, Lake Conjola, Ocean Lake

For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly planted on dry land, our parks Ocean LakeBroulee and Lake Conjola located along the Sapphire Coast offer a range of vantage points to satisfy your whale watching appetite. Spanning Green Cape Light Station & Peninsular, to the stunning Jervis Bay, it’s the perfect place to set up for an afternoon picnic at one of the many picturesque lookouts.
If you must get up close and personal to these majestic creatures, Huskisson, only a short 40-minute drive from Ingenia Holidays Lake Conjola, remains the main departure point for many tours. 

One Mile Beach & Soldiers Point

When we think of whale watching, One Mile Beach and Soldiers Point aren’t the first destinations that come to mind. However, these stunning locations on the mid-north coast are ripe with whale watching charters, ready to whisk you away on the experience of a lifetime! A destination known for its boating, you really have your pick of tours – from Adrenaline, to Imagine Cruises and Moonshadow Cruises, there are many a skipper in this region – and you can be sure they know their way around the waters!  

Bonny Hills & White Albatross 

If boat tours really aren’t your thing, then Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills and Ingenia Holidays White Albatross are another two hot spots for land-based sightings. When staying at these picturesque locations, be sure to explore the many stunning ocean lookouts. Take a drive up to Nambucca Headlands, or head to Captain Cook lookout where you can look over the humpback whales usual migration path. 

Byron Bay

Looking for the perfect vantage point to spot the whales in Byron Bay? Look no further than Cape Byron Lighthouse. This iconic location provides a fantastic opportunity to view the humpbacks from a breath-taking angle. You can drive there or do the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk and take advantage of the additional viewing platforms along the way. Cape Byron Lighthouse is just a short drive from Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay

Rivershore and Noosa

Just an easy drive from Brisbane is Ingenia Holidays Rivershore and a little further north, Ingenia Holidays Noosa both perfectly situated for a whale watching visit. You’ll have ample choice in these laidback destinations, with tour operators ready to whisk you away at every corner. Not only that, but close by in Mooloolaba Sunreef tours, are offering a next level experience, where you can actually swim with whales! Yes, you heard right! S-W-I-M! Dreams made.  

Hervey Bay

If you’ve ever googled whale watching, you can bet your bottom dollar Hervey Bay tops the ranks! Having cemented its name as the world favourite whale watching destination, the bay is fantastic viewing and you can be sure to spot these beautiful creatures in all their fin slapping glory! So if you plan to stay at Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay, this my friends, is a non-negotiable activity – you won’t regret it!

Take a look at our holiday parks located across Queensland and New South Wales, and start planning your whale watching adventure today! 

Explore our parks

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills
Breathe in the refreshing coastal air at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills, the absolute beachfront holiday park just 20 minutes south of Port Macquarie in the quiet ‘burb of Bonny Hills.
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Ingenia Holidays Broulee Beach
BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Broulee
Forget having a room-with-a-view, upgrade your experience to a holiday-park-with-a-view, checking into BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Broulee. You’ll find it midway between Batemans Bay and Moruya on the New South Wales South Coast.
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Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach
While many of our holiday parks offer a beachfront location, Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach takes things up a notch with a 1.6-kilometre stretch of sand, right on your doorstep.
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BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point
When it comes to beach holidays, few do it better than the New South Wales North Coast and Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point is smack bang in the middle of its coastline action.
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Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay
This northern New South Wales hotspot needs no introduction. Byron Bay attracts some two million visitors to its sandy shores each year. To see what makes this beach holiday destination so alluring, stay amongst Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay’s 28 acres of parklands which fronts onto the famous Tallow Beach.
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Ingenia Holidays White Albatross
Who says you can’t have a rainforest, beach and tidal lagoon all on your doorstep while on holidays? Ingenia Holidays White Albatross is positioned where the Nambucca River and South Pacific Ocean meet, our White Albatross guests can enjoy the luxury of direct access to a tidal lagoon as well as a surf beach less than two minutes’ walk away.
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Ingenia Holidays Rivershore
If you’re looking to explore the Sunshine Coast’s sun, surf and sand, point your bonnet in the direction of Ingenia Holidays Rivershore.
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BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa
If you’re wanting to explore this slice of pandanus palm-fringed paradise, check-in to BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa, a short drive from bustling Hastings Street and just next door to the Tewantin National Park mountain-bike trails.
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Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay
If you like your beach holidays packed with coastal charm, Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay has a camping, caravan or cabin site calling your name.
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