Whale watching is a great winter experience and can be done for free from the cliffs of North Head, right here in Manly.
From late May to Early December there are thousands of whales that migrate through Sydney’s waters. Whale numbers for this year are expected to reach around 2000 migrating past, that’s up from 1800 last season. What this means is during the peak season there are about 150 – 200 whales per day passing Sydney’s Harbour heads. Whale watchers are likely to see Humpback, Southern Right, Minke and Orca whales as well as dolphins. North Head is the best place to view the whales from the land.
Here is a few tips on what to look for.
You can spot a southern right whale by its ‘V’ shaped plume of spray. These whales are often seen in shallow water, including estuaries and bays. Originally named because it was the “right” whale to hunt, being a slow swimming and featuring a high percentage of blubber.
With their fluke-up dives, fin-slapping rolls and spectacular breaches, humpbacks can put on an awesome show. They’re now prevalent along the NSW coast, but were once almost hunted to extinction.
Whales from North Head, Sydney Harbour National Park
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