The long stretch of coastline that runs from Sydney right up to the northernmost point of the Great Barrer Reef happens to be part of the Humpback Whale’s annual migration route, which is why whale watching has become so popular in Sydney. There are an estimated 40-50,000 whales of various species that will use this route for their migration, mainly Humpback, Manke and some Blue Whales, and if you happen to be in NSW during that time, you can witness these huge creatures as they perform an array of surface behaviours.
April to November
These are the six months of the year when the Humpback Whales migrate, although June and July are said to be the best months for whale watching. This year, it is estimated that more than 30,000 Humpback Whales will leave the cold waters of Antarctica, heading for the warm seas off the northern tip of Queensland, and Sydney whale watching is best way to experience these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
The last few months before summer offer a great chance to see Humpback’s migrating, as they head for the warmer waters of the Pacific, where they give birth and spend the first few months with their calves. Booking a whale watching trip should be arranged a few months in advance, as this is one of the most popular locations in the world for whale watching.
The spring sees the whales heading back south again, with their young in tow, as they head for their rich feeding grounds off the waters of Antarctica. It is not unheard of the witness two traffic lanes; one going to Antarctica and the other heading north to the warmer Pacific.
Southern Right Whales
Research suggests that it is mainly pregnant females that migrate up to Queensland, as the warmer and calmer waters offer a great environment for a nursery. Southern Right Whales tend to gather off the South Australia coast, while some do make the long journey up the East Coast to the warm Pacific waters.
Boost in Numbers
You will be happy to learn that since the early 1980s, when the Humpback Whale was almost hunted to extinction, number have been rising steadily. In 2002, it was estimated the global population of Humpback Whales was around 15,000, and since then, the numbers are believed to have doubled to around 30,000.
The Humpback Whale really is active on the surface and they breach more often than other species, along with other surface behaviours that are great to observe. If you would like to have a day out on a whale watching boat, there are online tour operators who can easily be contacted via a Google search.
Once you have booked your trip, why not do some online research into these amazing creatures, which will enable to appreciate the sightings so much more.