Moreton Bay’s ‘humpback highway’ has re-opened for 2023, with whales spotted frolicking off the coast of South East Queensland.
Between now and November, more than 30,000 whales will travel up the ‘humpback highway’ from the chilly waters of Antarctica to the tropical waters of Queensland to feed, mate and play before migrating south again.
Brisbane Whale Watching Captain, Kerry Lopez said witnessing the whales in Moreton Bay is a once in a lifetime experience.
“You have six months to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales as they migrate to and from Antarctica,” Ms Lopez said.
“I have been skippering whale watching vessels for more than 25 years and you get to know the whales by sight.
“If we’re lucky, we might spot Migaloo, the world-famous white humpback whale, along with his friends, Bladerunner, Mohawk, Razorback and Billy.
“It’s an honour to be one of many extraordinary tourism operators in the Moreton Bay Region. It’s a wonderland right-on Brisbane’s doorstep.”
The Moreton Bay Marine Park offers one of the best vantage points for tourists to experience the whales in their natural habitat.
Visit Moreton Bay Region CEO, Shane Newcombe said tourists can jump on a boat at Redcliffe and have direct access to the humpback whales as they migrate to the warm waters of Moreton Bay.
“The re-opening of Moreton Bay’s ‘humpback highway’ coincides with Visit Moreton Bay Region’s Welcome to the Whales campaign,” Mr Newcombe said.
“This initiative will highlight the amazing attractions and experiences on offer in Moreton Bay this winter.
“Visitors can book a winter escape where they are guaranteed unforgettable adventures, unique experiences, and delicious flavours.
“We have put together a list of guides and itineraries so visitors can fully explore the region from the bay to the hinterland, taste their way through local produce and experience amazing accommodation options.
“You may come to see the whales, but you’ll stay to experience the delights of the Moreton Bay Region.”