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What Makes Sydney The Best City for Whale Watching in The Whole World

a bird flying over a body of water with a city in the background

Each year, a large number of whales migrate up Australia’s vast east coast. They travel to their mating and calving grounds in the Coral Sea all the way from their original feeding grounds in the Antarctic Circle. Sydney is a veritable paradise for whale watchers because 30,000 plus whales swim past Sydney Harbour every year. This makes the whale watching season in Sydney an unusually long one.

Anyone who goes to Sydney harbour for whale watching will be entranced by these truly majestic creatures, as they playfully romp in these warm waters. And within 45 minutes of Australias largest city you can be out watching whales.

Different Types of Whale Species That Appear Along the Sydney Coastline

It is only at the Sydney Harbor that the intrepid whale watcher will be able to observe the southern right whale pods as well as the famous humpbacks. And if you are really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive blue whale, the largest living creature to have ever existed on this planet. Your best vantage point for viewing these beautiful creatures up close is a from a chartered whale watching cruise. There are also a number of land-based viewing areas to watch these gentle giants from, such as cliff top trails on South and North Head of Sydney Harbour.

Whale Watching Season in Sydney

The whale watching season in Sydney typically stretches from May to November, with smaller pods passing by until December every year. Whilst this is winter, a whale watching cruise provides a warm and comfortable option for getting up close and personal with the migrating whales.

The very best time to visit Sydney for a spot of whale watching starts from mid May and lasts till mid November. This is the time when humpback whale pods are returning to the Antarctic feeding grounds just in time for summer. It is also around this time of the year that many female whales are seen near the shoreline with their newborn calves. They do this in order to protect their youngsters from hungry predators.


In short, If you choose Sydney to go whale watching, you will not be disappointed in your quest to watch the largest species in the world in their full glory.

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