Even though Sydney is a large metropolitan area, you can watch the whales at certain times of the year, such as the winter and spring. In fact, whale migration has been occurring since before Sydney became a bustling city. Not only that, you can see the engravings of whales among the ancient artwork at Ball Head in Wollstonecraft – Aboriginal artwork that is believed to be over 1,000 years old.
The annual whale migration takes place along the country’s NSW coast. Therefore, when this occurs, you can be assured that many of the whale-watching enthusiasts are sporting binoculars. Binoculars are a whale-watching accessory that make it just that much easier to spot such whale species as the humpback whale, the southern right whale, or the giant of the three, the blue whale.
Reported Whale Sightings
Humpback whales especially like to seek shelter in bays near Sydney Harbour. For example, two humpback whales were spotted in Rose Bay, which is a short distance from the Sydney Opera House. While it is not as common in NSW waters, the southern right whale often shows up in the city’s estuaries and bays. The whale species has been seen in Sydney Harbour as well as Botany Bay and Pittwater. In July 2012, a southern right whale and her calf were spotted close to Middle Head.
Whale watching in Sydney is normally done from locations such as Balmoral and the Manly Scenic Walkway, located in Sydney Harbour National Park. While nature lovers normally view the whales at a distance, a whale, in July 2013, was seen just off of Bondi Beach. In fact, one surfer was knocked out by a whale’s tail when the large marine animal emerged near a surf break.
Blue Whale Reports
The blue whale, which is the largest animal on earth, was seen in October 2012 in South Head. The following year, in July 2013, the same type of whale was seen cruising near Cape Solander, which is located in the south of Sydney, in Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
So, you will need binoculars as well as a camera if you plan a whale watching excursion. Sydney is one of the best places in the world to see whales up-close. Therefore, you don’t want to miss the opportunity if you can make a trip to Sydney during whale migration times.
What to Bring on a Whale-watching Excursion
When you whale-watch, you need to be prepared for the activity. It is always a good idea to wear warm clothes and a jacket. You should also carry a chair with you so you have a place to sit. A hat and sunscreen are needed as well. Bring a thermos with hot soup or a warm beverage in order to stay warm. You also want to wear sunglasses to divert any glare. A camera equipped, preferably, with a telephoto lens, is a must-have accessory.
Whales can be quite active and display a wide range of amazing surfacing behaviours – all spectacular to witness. Marine animal experts believe that some of the behaviours help the animals work out their current position in relation to land, or help them communicate with other whales. Of course, they may be having fun too. You will just have to watch and see for yourself.