Winter Sun and Whale Watching: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

24 Jun

There aren’t too many more pleasant places to pass the winter solstice than Byron Bay. Lots of sunshine without the summer holiday makers, traffic, parking problems, or queues for your morning cafe latte!

Plus you get to whale watch from the lighthouse. Cross my heart we saw Migaloo the white whale, or to be more precise, we saw a white whale we think was Migaloo, as there may be up to four white humpbacks slowly migrating north along the coast. http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2014/06/20/4029834.htm

He even has his own website http://www.migaloo.com.au

On the day we climbed the lighthouse with Graham, the lighthouse tours volunteer, there was a slow but steady trail of whales cruising by. They took time to splash and breach and generally seemed to be having a whale of a time. Between 12,000 to 16,000 humpback whales make the annual migration so the odds of spotting them in June-July are good.20140624-170112-61272961.jpg
Built 1901 and still in commission.

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Refractive lenses.

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Graham, our guide.

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Yep, the white dots in the ocean are whales splashing.

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Byron Bay

It was easy to spot dolphins, turtles and rays from the top of the cliffs, even without binoculars. The sea kayak group tours look like a fantastic way to get up close to the sea life. Next time!

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20140624-170633-61593314.jpgSea kayaks off Watego Beach

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View south from Cape Byron to Broken Head

Tips:
Free lighthouse tours of 8-10 people run about every half hour between 10am and 4pm if there is demand. The Cape Cafe beside the lighthouse is nice too.
Aquarius cafe (next to Aquarius Backpackers) has the best coffee and thirty minutes free wifi.
The Byron library gives you two hours free wifi access, just ask.
Best vegan food is Heart and Halo, truly made with love and such good value.
Belongil Tree House cafe/restaurant is even better since the post-fire rebuild. Really cosy spot and my vegan dinner was excellent (no wifi).
Other very special Byron cafes are the Clarke’s Beach cafe and Top Shop.

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Aquarius – across the road Dan will rent you a bicycle by the day.

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Heart and Halo $9 lunch with $3 bottomless herbal tea

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Our jetty at The Beach House, Belongil Creek. Book the Gazebo cottage if you can.

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I got a little obsessed with the pelicans, such goofy, cool birds.

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Belongil Beach

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Clarke’s Beach

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One Response to “Winter Sun and Whale Watching: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia”

  1. Michelle June 24, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Breathtakingly beautiful…..it’s on my wish list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing Sharon. Love to you both. xxx

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