Relish in the wonders of the whale watching season with Oaks Hotels & Resorts
Whale-watching season has well and truly arrived, with the magnificent Humpback whales having set forth on their annual migration, providing holidaymakers with the perfect opportunity to witness these iconic mammals as they journey their way up and down the east Australian coastline.
From late May to early November, thousands of Humpback whales venture from their cool Antarctic feeding grounds to the tropical waters of North Queensland and back again, calves in tow. With various properties speckled along the eastern seaboard, Oaks Hotels & Resorts offers the perfect vantage point for travellers wanting to experience the thrill of whale watching, revealing its top spots to sight some of these majestic creatures…
Comprised of twenty-six pristine beaches, the ‘blue water paradise’ of Port Stephens on New South Wales’ mid-north coast is a whale-watching playground, and is home to the one of the state’s most diverse marine parks teeming with fish, dolphins, turtles, seabirds and countless other species. Spot the spectacular Humpbacks breaching from the foreshore at Boat Harbour, Anna Bay or Fingal Bay, or take the Tomaree Head Summit Walk where pods can be spotted from atop the picturesque headland. Several seafaring vessels also embark on exciting whale and dolphin encounters, such as the award-winning Moonshadow Cruises or the ever-popular Imagine Cruises. Drop anchor nearby at Oaks Pacific Blue Resort or Oaks Lure in Nelson Bay, with Hotel Rooms starting from just $109* per night (minimum two night stay) at both properties.
The Gold Coast’s cruisy, coastal hub of Coolangatta is another hotspot for holidaymakers keen to discover the joys of whale watching. With a number of whale-spotting viewpoints dotted along the coastline such as Point Danger Lookout, Greenmount headland and Kirra Hill, travellers can get in on all the action without having to reach for the wallet. For a more up close and personal experience, hop aboard an ocean-bound adventure with Coolangatta Whale Watch, which takes passengers out into the “whale highway”, with educated facts and commentary from an accredited marine biologist. Stay in the heart of this seaside suburb in a spacious One Bedroom Premier Apartment at Oaks Calypso Plaza, with prices starting from $169* per night.
Just 30 minutes east of Brisbane is the Redcliffe Peninsular, another coastal haven for whale-watching enthusiasts. Visitors can head out into the crystalline waters of Moreton Bay with Brisbane Whale Watching to catch a glimpse of the graceful, gentle giants just metres from the boat. After a full day of whale-spotting fun, retreat to the perfectly positioned Oaks Mono Komo that boasts breathtaking views across the bay and beyond, plus an outstanding selection of leisure facilities, with Hotel Rooms starting from just $179* per night.
Balmy tropical vibes await holidaymakers in Port Douglas. It’s here the Humpbacks migrate to mate and give birth, and from July to late September, these beauties can usually be seen playing and jumping in the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef. While Port Douglas doesn’t offer dedicated whale watching tours, travellers can see the whales while on route to their dive or snorkelling tours, or via a private charter. Snorkelling and dive trips with the amazing Dwarf Minke whales are also available, offering a truly phenomenal experience certain to never be forgotten. Make Oaks Lagoons your base with rooms starting from $209* per night.