Whale Watching

Coolum is lucky to host two of the best land-based whale watching spots on the Sunshine Coast.

Point Perry lookout, only a ten minute walk up the boardwalk from Coolum Seaside Resort, has a convenient man-made lookout on the edge of the point which makes it the perfect vantage point.

Alternatively, pack a picnic basket and head to Point Cartwright where the views north to Noosa and south to Caloundra are amazing.

Both lookouts are wheelchair and pram friendly and therefore, accessible for people of all ages.

However, if you’re looking for a closer encounter with these magnificent creatures, then we are able to organise whale watching tours for you.

Many people report encountering a Humpback Whale for the first time to be a magical experience.  Humpback Whales are, despite their size, known as ‘the acrobats of the ocean’ and are magnificent to watch while they frolic around and show off to those on the tour boats.

The Whale watching season commences in June.  From June to the beginning of August, the whales migrate to the North Queensland waters to breed.  Mid-August to November the humpback whales return to Antarctica, often resting and playing along the way.  There are typically more sightings later on in the year though, with the additional benefit of seeing the young calves under the watchful care of their doting parents.