Nothing beats watching some of the world’s largest and most magnificent animals in their natural habitat. The experience is exciting and should be enjoyed thoroughly. One of the world’s best places to watch whales from is Sydney. Beautiful and welcoming, Sydney offers you the best chances for fun whale watching tours. But just before you go to Australia, here are five things that you really need to know about whale watching Sydney.
Whale watching is seasonal as the animals are best spotted when migrating. In Sydney, the migration occurs anytime between May and November. A whale watching cruise will take you round Sydney Harbour and out past the heads as you identify the different types of whales that will be migrating. Bear in mind also, that it is better to go whale watching in Sydney early in the season as compared to seasons’ end. For whale watching enthusiasts though, the thrill of seeing the calves heading back south with their mothers is quite exhilarating.
Apart from seasons, it is also important to check on timing. It is better and much easier to spot whales in the early hours of the morning. At this time, the sun is not too hot and the whales also love to breach during the early morning hours. Whales seem to love the attention and love to show off to onlookers. This makes them very easy to spot.
The most common breed you can be assured of seeing is the humpback, as Sydney Harbour forms part of its migratory route. Apart from the humpback, the Southern Right Whale is also a regular along this route.
Different tours have different prices, so do not generalise on the idea of price. Ticketed whale watching tours are a very cost effective way to be able to get out and experience these majestic creatures. Prices do range from $65 and go up to $95 per person. The length of time you are out there and whether or not food is included can impact the price that you pay. At Any Boat we have a whole category dedicated to Whale Watching Sydney with the biggest range of private and ticketed cruises available.
What to carry
You will have to carry your camera as the scenes are quite incredible. A pair of binoculars can also come in handy to zoom in and see the whales more clearly. If you do go in the early hours of the morning, carry a blanket as the coast line can be cold at that time of the morning. Many whale watching tours give out bottles of water onboard, but it does not hurt to have your own bottle of water or a nice warm thermos.