The most commonly sighted whales are humpbackssome 20,000 of them traverse australias eastern coastline during their annual migration. Humpback whales were spotted off the australiam east coast last week during their annual northerly migration. Experience the majestic whales close up when a large number of humpback and southern right whales start their migration north along the australian coastline, from antarctica, to their breeding grounds in queensland. Being able to be this close to this wonderful animals was just stunning. Im planning a trip to sydney and melbourne in december. Sydney whale watching offers 100% whale sighting rates, and guarantees a free return cruise if you dont see a whale. Download our free app to find the top whale watching spots in nsw and submit your sighting. Whales migrate in their thousands along the nsw coast, which stretches more than 2,000 km.
The migrating population is named the group 5 southern hemisphere humpback whale population or the australian east coast humpbacks. Returning for its third successive year, the whale festival celebrates the annual gawura. Whale watching in sydney is one of most interesting attractions during winter season. Oct 16, 2017 on departure you will have the opportunity to also see the famous sydney harbour bridge, sydney opera house, fort denison and the outer harbour as we travel out to the heads. The biodiversity conservation regulation 2017 the biodiversity conservation regulation 2017 prescribes approach distances to marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, dugongs, seals to protect them from harm and disturbance while allowing people to appreciate them in the wild. It is not the most tourist season in sydney, but you should try whale watching if you are visiting the city during this period. The whale watching cruise is too much bumpy when sailing and maybe we are in the end of the whale watching season and the sea is not so calm but we still manage to see some whale. On departure you will have the opportunity to also see the famous sydney harbour bridge, sydney opera house, fort denison and the outer harbour as we travel out to the heads. Our coastline offers some of the best places to see whales up close, with superb tours departing locations around the nation, including sydney, perth, gold coast, sunshine coast, melbourne and more.
The whale migration season has started and for the next three months australias iconic humpbacks will be passing within 50m of sydneys shoreline as they make their way annual migration north to. During whalewatching season, youll see these majestic mammals from many headlands in sydney and at destinations from byron bay in the north to eden in the south. In celebration of one of the worlds most enjoyable natural phenomena, we kick off whale watching 2017 s season with guides, giveaways and more at experience oz. The wild about whales website and app lists all the best viewing locations. Whale watching australia 2017 sydney, gold coast, hervey.
We get to see southern right whales around 45 times a season. Natures beautiful ballet off sydney the daily telegraph. Whale watching cruises are filling up and curious locals are lining coastal headlands. Whale watching is a popular activity in sydney, so to receive the best rates on a whalespotting cruise try looking on the outskirts of the season, meaning early april and late november. The overall whale watching season in the greater fraser island area typically begins in late july and lasts through to late november, so if youre looking to get the best out of two of the most visually impressive naturebased destinations in qld, then a trip to fraser island during whale watching season is a great choice that can make for. Whale watching, discovery travel adventures insight guide. Whale watching sydney season sydney harbour boat hire.
Whale watching season in sydney is incredible, and its something you need to see for yourself. Take the plunge and explore our parks, go whale watching and discover what there is to see and do. The whale watching season in sydney is between may and november each year but some times are better than others to increase your chances of seeing whales. Apr 27, 2020 whale watching is a popular activity in sydney, so to receive the best rates on a whale spotting cruise try looking on the outskirts of the season, meaning early april and late november. What was a population of 242 humpbacks in 1996, according to. In nsw, its common to see humpback whales, southern right whales and dolphins, but you may also spot orcas, blue whales, minke whales and sperm whales. Humpback whales show natures beautiful ballet off sydney heads. Select a region to find the perfect whale watching spot for you. Whale watching on the gold coast if youd rather keep your feet on the ground but still yearn for the special experience of seeing a whale, australias east coast is the best place to spot whales from the beach. The best time for whale watching in this region, however, is between july and september. Humpback whale migration takes place between april and december each year, meaning theres no better time to head out and soak up sydneys spectacular views as you try and catching whales as they make their way down the coast.
The best way to experience these magnificent mammals and view famous sydney landmarks is from onboard a whale watching sydney cruise. Our dedicated team are always available to help you decide which boat and whale watching package are. Whale watching in nsw nsw environment, energy and science. Weve been walking sydney s coastline for years, so here are our tips on how to take advantage of nature to get the best out of your whale watching. They swim close to the coastline around sydney providing memorable whale spotting opportunities. The season is split into two distinct sections depending on the direction of travel of the majority of whales at that time. Best custom built, fast and spacious vessels to give you the best day possible out at sea. All along australias coastline are fantastic spots to see whales. Whale watching is mostly a recreational activity cf.
Many of these coastal parks and reserves provide excellent viewing opportunities for whale watching. About whales whale watching cruises sydney, australia. Like synchronised swimmers these two humpbacks got sydneys whalewatching. Our big, beautiful friends are beginning their migration north to the warmer waters of the pacific to.
During whalewatching season, youll see these majestic mammals from many headlands in sydney and at destinations from byron bay in the north to eden in the south more than 50 per cent of the planets species of cetaceans. Sydney whale watching cruises australian cruise group. Check out our pick of the best whale watching vantage points, tours and accommodation in nsw. Come november, the whales return again with their new born calves back to south of sydney. The humpback whale migration passing sydney takes place between april and december each year. Whale watching sydney season sydney harbour boat hire get. All cruises depart on time, therefore we require you to arrive 20 minutes before departure, with your booking paperwork. Experience the excitement of whale watching aboard ocean dreaming ii. Every september, whale watching cruise season in sydney begins with the whales swimming out from the cold antarctic waters northwards, past sydney, to escape the winter and breed.
Currently, a 20% discount is offered for online bookings. The distance from the coast of the whales is believed to be. The whale watching season in sydney is quite long maynovember, but it is not always very busy. On the trail of the whale, mark carwardine, isbn 1899074007. Sydney s best whale watching cruises with more than 25 years of experience.
Sydney whale watching season about to start may 10, 2017. The company that we went with couldnt be more respectful and. Whale watching in sydney official sydney tourism website. You can also spot minke whales, orcas, pilot whales, and southern right whales, as well as common and bottlenose dolphins around sydney, and if youre visiting later in the season you might even see some whale calves swimming and. The ultimate guide to whale watching in sydneys waters. Oct 01, 2015 the whale watching season in sydney is quite long maynovember, but it is not always very busy. You can go whale watching all winter and spring may november in sydney.
Due to commercial whaling bans, the population has recovered. Here is a chart with weekly humpback whale sightings in sydney between 2010 and 2012. Sydneys best whale watching cruises with more than 25 years of experience. The crew are super anxious and cant sleep they are so excited. Experience a truly unforgettable whale watching trip and get up close and personal to humpbacks and many other marine species such as southern rights, orcas and minke whales, dolphins, seals, fairy penguins and albatross. Jun 15, 2018 the whale watching sydney season 2018 and the humpback whale migration passing sydney takes place between april and december each year. Afternoon cruises operate daily, while morning cruises depart on weekends only. Nsw whale watching season wild about whales nsw national.
Whale watching trips in north america, patricia corrigan, isbn 1559716835. On this whale watching cruise youll spend around two hours and 45 minutes out on the water, enjoying an unbeatable view of sydneys iconic landmarks and the migrating humpback whales. May, 2020 sydney harbour discovery, oz whale watching oz whale watching was awarded the new south wales gold and silver tourism awards for 2015. Our dedicated team are always available to help you decide which boat and whale watching package are best suited to you. Whale watching sydney harbour cruises captain cook cruises. Every september, whale watching cruise season in sydney begins with the whales swimming out from the. Success rate is 98% and all cruises are guaranteed to see whales.
In celebration of one of the worlds most enjoyable natural phenomena, we kick off whale watching 2017s season with guides, giveaways and more at experience oz. Find australias best whale watching cruises this whale watching season. Whale watching in sydney more than 45 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises can be found in waters surrounding australia. Aug 31, 2017 whale watching in sydney is one of most interesting attractions during winter season. Sydney harbour discovery, oz whale watching oz whale watching was awarded the new south wales gold and silver tourism awards for 2015. Whale watching is the practice of observing whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Whales and whale watching in iceland, mark carwardine, isbn 997951129x. A study prepared for international fund for animal welfare in 2009 estimated that million people went whale watching globally in 2008. Best places for whale watching in sydney, australia webjet. There have been sightings off the sydney coastline most of the week, so looking forward to our season. Japan continues to lobby the international whaling council to reintroduce commercial whaling. Subscribe to naturescapes for the latest news from nsw national.
With a choice of nine whale watching cruises from reputed sydney operators, take your pick and get an exclusive opportunity to spot pods of whales right from humpbacks, southern right and more as they migrate to warmer climes, north of sydney. We miss some at the start of the season and some at the end but theres a 99 percent success rate in the middle of the season, says richard ford, the owner of whale watching sydney, who brought the tours to sydney a decade ago. Getting ready for the start of our whale watching sydney season. Each tour travels out to the open waters surrounding sydney to view the humpback whales in their natural environment.
Whale watching cruise departs darling harbour, sydney. You can also spot minke whales, orcas, pilot whales, and southern right whales, as well as common and bottlenose dolphins around sydney, and if youre visiting later in the season you might even see some whale calves swimming and playing alongside their. May 08, 2019 the whale watching season in sydney is between may and november each year but some times are better than others to increase your chances of seeing whales. Weve been walking sydneys coastline for years, so here are our tips on how to take advantage of nature to get the best out of your whale watching time. Best fleet of purpose built, comfortable and fast whale watching boats. Any boat prides itself on being able to provide you with the biggest selection of whale watching sydney tours available. Whether youre a swimmer and ready for the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with whales, or if youd rather keep your feet on the ground and see whales frolic in the ocean from the beach or a cruise, theres a spot in australia perfect for your style of whale watching. Departure is from circular quay or darling harbour and there are morning and afternoon sessions. Whale watching season has commenced and from now until december thousands of humpback whales will pass the coastal shores of sydney in the biggest mass migration in the world. The ultimate guide to whale watching in sydneys waters this. They dont migrate like the humpback whale does and there are not as many. Sydneys sunny fringing suburbs and many lookout points make it a prime spot for whale watching.
The tour departs daily between june and november and the 2. With up to 35m long it is the largest animal to have ever lived on our planet. The whale watching sydney season 2018 and the humpback whale migration passing sydney takes place between april and december each year. Also, see other marine wildlife such as dolphins, albatross, seals and the beautiful coastline of sydney. Best time for whale watching in australia about australia. The whale watching cruise crew is awesome and give us very good service. Join us on saturday 11 november for the sydney living museums whale festival at vaucluse house, located on aboriginal country whose harbour side bays have deep and continuing cultural value and meaning to aboriginal people.
Theyve been designed to make whale watching enjoyable and safe, without interference to the whales. Whales often cruise close to shore, so they are easy to spot, and have. Our winter whale season has finally arrived, and we are so excited to share even more of these absolutely magical experiences with you. Best time for whale watching in sydney vi travel tips. Sydney whale watching season about to start sydney. The sea is not calm and bumpy in the end of the whale watching season. Since late april this year, we have spotted the humpback whales of the coast of mooloolaba.1017 1083 1286 1337 1497 132 674 33 1403 795 163 1219 550 1445 509 1139 1374 73 1059 552 270 852 290 840 540 1472 832 1257 231 523 1308 1366 445 595 1031 1411 849 1156 1093 1089 600 267 1366 542 1214 517 813 1323 108 1153