Loading

Awe-inspiring Whale Watching in Sydney

Whale Watching, SydneyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Humpback whale spotted off Sydney Heads on its annual migration along the NSW coastline.

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

Awe-inspiring Whale
Watching in Sydney

Whale Watching, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Humpback whale spotted off Sydney Heads on its annual migration along the NSW coastline.

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

Hashtags #feelnew #feelnewsydney

Spot whales in Sydney from May to October, as they cruise past iconic beaches or surface beside ferries in the harbour.

You might hear them before you see them. That telltale ‘whoosh’ of air through the blowhole as they break through the surface of the water. Or maybe it’s the excited cheers of other passengers onboard your boat that alert you to their arrival. It’s a breathtaking sight; humpback whales weighing up to 40 tonnes leaping from the ocean with effortless grace, before crashing back down in a burst of spray.

A whopping 40,000 humpback and southern right whales make their way along the NSW coast each year between May and September, migrating along what is affectionately known as the Humpback Highway. Many of these incredible creatures make a special appearance closer to the shore and occasionally, a few will even drop in to Sydney Harbour, frolicking amongst the yachts and ferries. Later in the season, around October and November, revel in the splendour of watching mothers and their new calves making the return journey down south.

Bring your binoculars and a sense of wonder: here’s the pick of Sydney’s whale-watching spots, from north to south.

Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Beach  

At the northern edge of Sydney, 45km from the city, Barrenjoey Headland at Palm Beach is where the whales wave farewell before continuing up the coast. Hike up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, just over 90 metres above sea level, for sweeping views along the coast — keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale burst of spray. 

North Head, Manly  

Depart Circular Quay for a memorable ferry ride across Sydney Harbour before departing at Manly. Hop off and makeyour way through the buzz of cafés and bars to the cool, quiet bushland of North Head in the Sydney Harbour National Park. Perched high above the water, there are uninterrupted views of the harbour and out over the Pacific Ocean. The paved Fairfax walk is an easy 1km track that loops around North Head and takes in three lookouts – ideal for whale watching.

West Head Lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Barrenjoey Headland viewed from West Head lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

West Head Lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park CREDIT: Destination NSW

Barrenjoey Headland viewed from West Head lookout, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

Whale Watching, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Humpback whale breaching near Sydney Heads on its annual migration along the NSW coastline.

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

Whale Watching, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Humpback whale breaching near Sydney Heads on its annual migration along the NSW coastline.

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

South Head, Watsons Bay  

Try your luck at spotting whales from a different perspective, on the other side of Sydney Harbour at South Head. Embark on the 2km South Head Heritage Trail and soak up scenic beach and harbour views, and if you strike out here, make your way to The Gap lookout for more whale watching vantage points. Afterwards, refuel from your adventures with a delicious lunch at Watsons Bay, all just a 25-minute drive or ferry ride from the harbour city.

The Coast Track, Royal National Park 

Pack your adventurous spirit and traverse the winding 26km trail between Bundeena and Otford - The Coast Track. Hugging the cliffs for much of its route, the entire track will take a up to two full days to tackle but offers plenty of lookout points to spot these gentle giants in their natural habitat along the coast.

On the water 

Get up close and personal with these bewildering creatures on a whale-watching cruise, departing regularly from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly and Cronulla during the season. The cruises follow the pods along the coast, with vessels ranging from fast and nimble speedboats with Ocean Extreme and Manly Ocean Adventures, to larger ferry-style boats with Captain Cook Cruises, FantaSea Cruising, Oz Whale Watching, Whale Watching Sydney and Cronulla Whale Watching.

Whale Watching, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Whale Watching, Sydney

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

Whale Watching, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Whale Watching, Sydney

#feelnew #feelnewsydney

Whale Watching Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Two humpback whales passing through Sydney during their migration up the NSW coastline.

#feelnewsydney

Whale Watching Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Two humpback whales passing through Sydney during their migration up the NSW coastline.

#feelnewsydney

MORE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

MORE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

ALL ASSETS FROM THE DESTINATION NSW MEDIA CENTRE ARE FOR EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY AND MUST BE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

REGISTER
NOW

Access assets curated for media and content creators.

For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

Already have an account?

Permission Request


Destination NSW wants to access your Destination NSW Media Centre account.


This application will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your phone number, if provided
  • View your street address, if provided
  • View basic information about your organization, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This access will help Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


Do you agree to allow this access? If yes, click the REGISTER button.


You can unsubscribe at any time.

Permission Request

Destination NSW wants to review your registration for your Destination NSW Media Centre account.

This review will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your basic information about your organisation, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This will assist Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


By clicking REGISTER, you agree that you have read and agree to the TERMS & CONDITIONS and Destination NSW's PRIVACY POLICY


You can unsubscribe at any time.