And where’s the best place to see them? Byron Bay of course, which is now regarded as one of the world’s top spots to see these majestic creatures up close.
It’s where you’ll witness the spectacle of thousands of Humpback whales on their 2500 km journey from their Antarctic summer feeding grounds, past the Cape Byron Headland, en route to their breeding grounds in the warm waters of the sub-tropics. Then on the return trip south, between September and November, they have their new calves in tow.
There are lots of land-based vantage points at Byron or perhaps a whale-watching cruise with Blue Bay Whale Watching, Byron Bay Eco Charter or Whale Watching Byron Bay is more your thing. Some of the cruises will also provide hydrophones to let you tune into the mournful, curiously repetitive whales’ song. Sea kayaking for the truly adventurous is an option too, with Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay and Cape Byron Kayaks offering seriously up-close experiences.
And afterwards? Head back to your luxury Bower holiday accommodation to chill out and reflect on what an amazing world we live in.
All images and video via talented local photographer Craig Parry
Craig Parry Gallery: Shop 7, 8 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay