Right now is the perfect time to stake out a spot to catch a glimpse of migrating whales as they make their way past Sydney.
An estimated 30,000 whales are currently migrating north along Australia’s eastern coastline to warmer waters to breed, before heading back to Antarctica during spring with their newborns.
The majority of them will head north during June and July.
Humpbacks and southern right whales are most commonly sighted, with Minke whales and orcas also occasionally spotted.
As some of these spots are far from the city, and require short hikes to reach the vantage points, pack a picnic and make a day of it.
Here are six of the best places in Sydney for keen whale-watchers.
Jack Vanny Reserve, Maroubra
Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Botany Bay
North Head, Manly
South Head, Watson’s Bay
Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Beach
The Coast Track, Royal National Park, Bundeena
If you’d like more information, the Wild About Whales app has real-time notifications of sightings nearby, an option to log your own sightings, and maps to find these and other vantage points.
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