Wildlife-watching around Byron Bay

No need to get out on a boat here to spy migrating whales – there are plenty of great vantage points on headlands, including around Cape Byron Lighthouse and at Pat Moreton Lookout at Lennox Head, during May–June and October–November.

If you want to try whale-watching under the quietness of sail rather than motor, try Baysail at Ballina between June and November. The company also runs a powerboat whale-watching tour in which the data collected is provided to Southern Cross University for conservation and protection of whales. Out of whale-watching season, you can also join the ecotourism awardwinning enterprise for a half-day or longer sail in the area, where you may encounter animals such as dolphins, turtles and rays. If the day is peaceful and calm, you will experience the serenity of being on the water, or if the winds are up it can be quite exhilarating.

Renowned birdwatching spots in this area include Clarrie Hall Dam west of Murwillumbah, and Terranora Inlet and Fingal Headland, both near Tweed Heads.

Contact Info

Byron Bay visitor centre: (02) 6680 8558


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