From May to October is the Whale Watching Season
Departing from Antarctica some 17,000 humpback whales will migrate north to warmer climates to feed and care for their babies. Every two years mothers give birth after enduring an eleven-month pregnancy. The Royal Society Open Science journal is predicting that a large number of mothers have become pregnant after years of commercial whaling. Treaties were created late in the 20th century to protect these endangered mammals. Now we are seeing a genuine recovery as the population of whales is on the rise. Research indicates that 63% of whales have become pregnant compared to 36% in 2010.
This is all great news for whale watchers and admirers of the magnificent ocean creatures. On their journey, the whales will pass by Sydney on there way to the Great Barrier reef. They must leave Antarctica to protect their calves as they have not developed enough blubber to protect them from the cold.
Migration Patterns of Whales
There are many species of whales and each varies slightly in and why they migrate. For instance, right whales, seem to migrate solely because of the pregnant females who need warmer waters. Whereas other whales seem to have a seasonal migratory pattern.
The migration journey of Humpback whales is approximately 5000 kilometres. This is probably the longest migration path of any mammal.
Where to watch whales along the coast of Australia.
The New South Wales coastline has over 860 parks from Eden to Tweed Heads that will direct you to the best viewing stations. A number of these parks offer accommodation from pitching your own tent to fully equipped cabins.
Open Ocean Whale Watching Tours
We are a registered whale watching tour operator that provides 3-hour trips twice a day. Our fully equipped boats are operated by professionals that are experienced in whale watching. We depart in the morning and afternoon from the Cronulla Marina in Sydney.