Whale watching Manly

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Whales in Manly

Iconic Manly Beach on Sydney's northern beaches is a good place to see whales as they migrate along the coast north from May to July. Coastal walks in the area offer great viewing spots or hop on a whale-watching tour for a guaranteed sighting.

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Whale Watching Manly

Couple at North Head, Manly.

Manly's not just a great holiday destination – it's also in a perfect location to check out the annual whale migration from May to November each year. Occasionally humpback whales take sanctuary in Manly Cove, often with a calf, and that's not unusual. Whales have been entering Sydney Harbour and its bays and estuaries for centuries – there's evidence of this at Balls Head in Wollstonecraft where ancient Aboriginal engravings depict the image of a large whale.

To spot a pod of whales, head to one of the coastal headlands around Manly or its nearby suburbs. The North Head Sanctuary on the tip of Manly peninsula features fantastic views out to sea, and the Fairfax Walk is an easy circuit connecting three whale- watching lookouts. From here, you can head back into Manly or take the Bluefish track to Shelley Beach. In nearby Mosman, Bradley's Head in the Sydney Harbour National Park also offers fantastic whale watching.

If you'd prefer to get a little more up close and personal to the migrating whale population, Manly Whale Watching runs cruises throughout the season. Late morning or early afternoon are considered the best times to see the whales, as there's less glare off the water, making it easier to see the whales' tell-tale blow!

Popular Pages in Manly

  1. Collins Flat Beach

    With its scenic harbour views, Collins Flat Beach, just north of Sydney city and nestled between North Head and Little Manly Cove, is an idyllic spot for a romantic picnic.Whether you’re swimming in the calm...

  2. Fairfax walk

    The Fairfax walk offers superb views and an enjoyable, gentle walk. This short paved track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and then loops around the top of North Head.Its circuit connects three...

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  6. North Head

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