Animal migrations are an amazing phenomenon, and though it might surprise you, Sydney is a great location to catch a peak at migrating whales, one of the most awe inspiring animals on the planet.whale watching sydney harbour

Close Encounters with Gentle Giants

Earlier this week, the internet was swamped with pictures of a 10 metre long Southern Right whale curiously exploring Bondi Beach, unfortunately landing a surfer in hospital after he got too close to the whale’s powerful tail.

This is just one of many recorded cases of whales not only being spotted off the coast, but venturing right into popular beaches and busy thoroughfares.

Around the same time last year, residents and tourists alike were enthralled by a southern right whale and her new born calf spending their first few days together in Sydney harbour, with the pair being spotted off Freshwater Beach, Grotto Point and┬áManly’s Fairy Bower.

Unfortunately, due to the amount of traffic within the harbour, whales are often seen because they have been injured by boats, like this mother and calf last year.

Admiration from Afar

whale jumping breaching sydney harbour cruiseBy far the safest way (for both you and the animals) to whale watch is either from the coast or from a boat, and there are plenty of options.

Some of the best spots for those looking to enjoy marine life without getting wet include the cliffside walk from Bronte to Coogee, North or South Head lookout, Cabbage Tree Bay and Long Reef.

If you’re looking for something a little more up close and personal, many cruise lines operating within Sydney harbour also offer whale watching day cruises that sail out around the headlands, which will set you back $60-$100 per person, depending on the length of the cruise.

A Whale of a Time

Luckily for us, the extensive migration routes of whales in Australian waters means that they can be spotted off the coastline from April to December.

With Southern Right Whales calving in winter and Humpbacks from mid spring to early summer, these are times when mothers will come particularly close to shore, looking for calm and sheltered waters to rest and feed their new born calves.

A host of other beautiful and magestic sea mammals can be seen throughout the year, including huge pods of common and bottlenose dolphins, and even Australian Fur Seals on rare occasions.

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