Picnic By The Sea – Whale Watching In Byron Bay
Whale watching season is upon us! The first of the humpback whales have been spotted cruising in the bay and we’re blessed to have some of the best vantage points to witness their magnificent journey north. Each year in May, these beauties travel past our coastline to the Great Barrier Reef where they calve in the warmer waters. They then make their return south with their young with the last sightings around November. As Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia, we are lucky enough to get up close and personal with the whales as they make a splash.
One of our favourite ways to spend a winters day in Byron is to pack a picnic, a rug and a trusty Eco Food Board and set up for an afternoon of whale watching.
Here are our top spots to tuck into some tea and sandwiches and watch the whales go by.
Byron Bay Lighthouse
The beautiful Byron Bay Lighthouse is the most iconic landmark in the bay and is officially the most easterly headland point in Australia. Feeling energetic and want to earn your lunch? Take the scenic route and walk along the Cape Byron coastal track or simply drive to the top if you’d rather relax. At the lookout, be blown away by breathtaking panoramas of the entire Bay. There’s plenty of lush, green grass to pop a blanket down and build a delicious spread on your wooden food board. With 360 views, you’ll have the best seats in the house to watch the whale migration.
Head south from Byron Bay to Broken Head beach where you’ll find the Three Sisters walking track. This is an easy 1.6km return walk through lush rainforest overlooking Broken Head and the secluded beaches beyond. Bring your picnic, a flask of tea and a camera. Expect far less crowds than the Lighthouse and an idyllic vantage point to spot whales, dolphins and birdlife.
Lennox Point – known affectionately by locals as ‘The Point’ – offers stunning sea views spanning north across Lennox Head and Seven Mile Beach and south to Boulders Beach and Skennars Head. There’s ample space to set up a platter or cheeseboard, rug up and keep you eyes peeled for the whales. Don’t forget to pack a set binoculars to watch them breach up close!
For picnic inspiration, look no further the amazing Blue Ginger Picnics! Their dreamy set up’s make for an unforgettable experience, serving up the best of the region’s cuisine against a stunning coastal backdrop.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to pack a picnic and step out in nature. Make sure to visit our friends at the Bay Grocer for the best selection of meats, cheeses, crackers and bread for your alfresco lunch. Stock up on local ingredients to appreciate the local wildlife!
Feature image via www.byronbaywhalewatching.com.au