If you’ve ever dreamed of getting up-close and personal with whales, now is your chance! Here in Sydney, we observe the annual migration of humpback whales from May through until November.
- Child (4-15)
- Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)
Whale Watching Cruises from Palm Beach and Ettalong will start on Saturday 4th July.
Winter has never given you a better reason to get rugged up and out of the house than for the highly anticipated annual whale migration.
Fantasea Cruising offers our Central Coast and Northern Beaches guests, an unforgettable opportunity for a scenic, educational and up-close encounter with our favourite charismatic creatures of the sea, the ‘humpback’ whale.
Our well known catamarans 8 Seasons and Crystal provide for a thrilling whale watching experience. Both boasting plentiful seating and spacious observation areas, in no time at all you are sure to be as in awe of these graceful, gentle giants as we are.
With whale watching cruises departing from Palm Beach and Ettalong most weekends of both the Northern and Southern Migrations, now is the perfect time to book your whale watching cruise. So get on board, the whales are waiting for you.
Between the months of May and August our majestic mammal friends are in search of warmer waters, embarking on a massive journey from Antarctica.
The first to begin this migration are the females weaning their calves, closely followed by the sub-adult males and females. The peak of the migration sees the mature whales leave Antarctica. The ‘boys’ tend to lead as they travel either alone or in groups. These playful creatures are doing their best to attract a female! Lobtailing, chin slaps and breaching are thought to be a way of proving their dominance, second only to the mystical whale song. Finally, the new mums to be head toward warmer waters to give birth and feed their newborns. These whales often cross paths with the newly pregnant whales heading south!
Cruises Depart 08:45am from Palm Beach Wharf and 09:15am from *Ettalong Wharf.
*Please note: Our whale watching cruises return to Palm Beach wharf. Guests who embarked the journey at Ettalong wharf can utilise our scheduled ferry service at no additional cost to return to the Central Coast.
Spring has sprung and it is now time for these gentle giants of the sea to head back to Antarctica. Having eaten very little or not at all since their journey began, our memorizing mammal friends have now used their body fat reserves and they are hungry!
Newly pregnant females now take the lead as they need to feed as soon as possible! (you really shouldn’t deny a pregnant lady food now, should you!). The young adolescent whales soon join the journey followed by the mature adult whales. The last to leave are the new mums with their babies.
Young adolescent whales are very active and use lots of energy socializing and playing. We may get to see them chasing each other at high speed, tail sapping, fin slapping, tail fluke slapping, spy-hopping and breaching. This is also time for mum to teach her baby how to be a whale!