Find out the best time to spot these majestic creatures near the city.
Whether you’re a tourist looking to catch your first glimpse of a whale, or even if you’re a Sydney local looking for an exciting new activity, we have researched the best times to spot these beautiful animals in Sydney.
Best time to see whales in Sydney
April to December.
Between April and December the humpback migration passes Sydney’s coast. The whales generally travel north during the first few months and south during the last few months.
From April to early December tens of thousands of humpback whales migrate along the coast of Sydney, between their winter feeding ground and their summer breeding ground along the east coast of Australia.
Whale watching is a popular activity in Sydney, so to receive the best rates on a whale-spotting cruise try looking on the outskirts of the season, meaning early April and late December. Or alternatively, watch from the shore.
Weather and prices
Best time to see whales in Sydney, weather-wise: The warmest times to go will be during the beginning and end of the season, as they're not in the deepest part of winter, but a sunny day in winter is also ideal as temperatures average in the mid teens.
Cheapest time to see whales in Sydney: If you’re looking for the cheapest time to go whale watching on a cruise, you’re best to stick to the start and end of the season, meaning early April and late December when there are often cruise deals available on group buying sites like Groupon and Scoopon. However, this does decrease your chances of seeing whales.
For an even cheaper alternative here are some of the best locations to watch whales from the shore:
- Bondi: Ben Buckler
- Botany Bay National Park: Cape Solander
- Collaroy: Long Reef Point
- Maroubra: Magic Point
- La Perouse: Cape Banks
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