Visit Moreton Bay Region’s coastline this June as the humpback whale migration season gets underway bringing over 18,000 whales into our waters.
June marks the whale watching season Queensland’s official start date which lasts through winter into early spring until the end of October, but you never know, you may very well catch a glimpse of these majestic marine mammals before the official whale migration season commencement date.
Each year, approximately 18,000 humpback whales migrate north, travelling over 10,000 kilometres from Antarctica, past Sydney and further up Australia’s east coast to the Great Barrier Reef to feed and breed in the warmer subtropical waters.
These awe-inspiring, incredibly intelligent sentient beings form unique, unbreakable bonds with their babies. They make the long journey to Australia’s warmer waters because baby whale calves don’t have enough body fat to survive the Antarctic waters straight after their birth.
Towards the end of the whale migration season these beautiful and placid, colossal creatures head back to their summer feeding home in the freezing waters of Earth’s southernmost continent together with their newborns with whom they form unique, unbreakable bonds.
Visit Moreton Bay Region to spot these peaceful marine mammals breaching and frolicking as they swim together along the Humpback Highway. You may even catch sight of Australia’s famous, rare majestic white whale Migaloo, or Migaloo’s albino calf Migaloo Junior.
Migaloo was first spotted in 1991 off Byron Bay, he is thought to be the world’s first documented albino humpback and even has his own ‘Migaloo the Whale’ Twitter account to keep track of his movements.
Looking for more things to do and see? Pop into one of the region's Accredited Visitor Information Centres, the volunteers have a wealth of local knowledge.