Last weekend it was the queen’s birthday and in Australia, that means we get a long weekend woohoo! Extra day off! Thank you, Queen-e, (get it, hopefully, you do tehe) of course we had to help her celebrate, I mean the legend is 93 years old… so I thought what is better to do than go din, din, din……. WHALE WATCHING ARGH!
I have wanted to do Whale watching in Australia for as long as I can remember, and I can honestly think of no better place than on the Sydney harbor… one of the most beautiful harbors’ in the world!
The main species of whale that you will probably see on a Sydney Harbor tour is one of the greatest, biggest, most beautiful living giants of the ocean, let alone the world! it is the magnificent Humpback Whale! WHOAAAHH! How lucky are we?
So don’t you dare think about clicking out now! or you’ll miss out on all the magic awesomeness of what was truly a wonderful experience.
First things first – let talks about the tour company that took us out and about on the harbor to spot and watch and spy on these incredible creatures.
Wait! I have to confess something, I didn’t actually book the tour.. My Mom did haha as a surprise nawwww! and also what a great surprise! She booked us in for a lunch tour with Oz Whale Watching and I tell you what, I couldn’t recommend them more highly.. they were AH-MA-ZING! It’s actually one of the more smaller companies that do the Whale watching tours in Sydney but I actually preferred it this way…. We had a lovely group of people (I’d say about 50? maybe) and the boat had plenty of space to move around on and an outside viewing deck around the whole of the boat, so you could get the best views possible and easily move around.
They provide two – four hour daily tours which are either the breakfast or lunch tour and both come with a provided buffet style meal. The lunch they served on our day was super scrummy and suited to all diets.. (although they do ask you previously if you have any special dietary requirements), a bevy of Salads (THEY WERE SO GOOD), Chicken and rice, sausage sizzle, bread rolls and roast potatoes with amendments is practically what they served or what I remember anyway haha! They do recommend that everyone eats a fairly light meal and they swear it’s not too save on food but to save on vomit ewww! It can get very rocky as they take you quite far out so it’s totally understandable why they would recommend this, but I still went up for seconds haha! what a rebel 😉 I had taken a trusty travel sickness tablet that had made me feel unstoppable with Iron man worthy vomit protection! and you know what it worked! I didn’t get even the slightest twinge of sickness – yaaaaay!
HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOO ARE YOU THEREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE WHALLLLLLLEEES!! (DORY WHALE TALK).
On board there is also a tour guide man/dude who was talking us through everything from start to finish, he was super enthusiastic and really interesting, sharing numerous facts on whales and the Sydney Harbor. You could also tell that he was very passionate about the mammals and cared deeply for them, he knew all the rules and regulations and kept yelling at the boats around us from his microphone whenever they were doing something wrong(which happened sadly a lot). So I definitely felt in safe hands.
I would never want to disturb or disrupt the mammals for my pure sightseeing satisfaction and the captain of our boat actually kept moving away from the whales when they would come too close to us, so as not to harm them. On the day we went out, there was quite a lot of idiots on the harbor who were annoying the poor whales, which really angered me but also reassured me that I was with a great tour company.
Side Note | We also spotted 3 rubbish/plastic items floating in the ocean which the captain would always go out of his way to pick up, so please, no matter which way you choose to go out, don’t leave or drop any rubbish/plastic items in the ocean and if you see something then pick that MotherF***** up 🙂
We ventured away from the group quite a lot, as at the beginning of the tour a mother (cow) and her baby (calf) came up beside us and didn’t really want to leave us awwwwwww! They were playing and splashing and flipping and flopping a lot haha! it was seriously cute and the highlight of my trip.
The tour goes for four hours and over the course of this time, we saw over 12 whales!!! WOW! I was just hoping I would see at least one lol. It is currently the best time of year to go Whale watching in Sydney as June and July are the main months that they are here, which means lots and lots of whales! YAAAS, however, the season officially ends in November.
Quick Fact | Even whales have holidays! well sort of, when they reach Sydney they have traveled the current expressway from Antartica, they then chill here for a moment or two and then get back on their merry express-way to northern Queensland, where they will find a hubby, settle down and start a family. They’ll then head back to Antartica passing through our waters which is generally when our sightseeing season ends – TADA!
Hellooo can you see me? are you there human?? (pronounced Who-min, just so you know 😉
The day was full, my mind was boggled, my eyes tired from squinting and from the odd tear of pure happiness – don’t tell anyone haha and another item was well and truly ticked off my bucket list. I also saw another part of the harbor that I’d never seen except from a plane which is obviously completely different and many times all we had out in front of us was water upon, water upon water to no end, which really puts you back into your small little place as a human. So even if you don’t see whales which I think is highly unlikely, then it is for sure still worth the incredible complete tour of Sydney’s harbor.
I really enjoyed the 12.30 tour, I think it was personally perfect timing for us. Heading back into Circular Quay we heard all sorts of really cool facts about Sydney harbor – I think my brain grew a size haha! We also managed to catch an epic sunset which was a very sweet ending to a very sweet day with my sweet little Mom.
And last but certainly not least, I have added a quick few pointers for you below for your trip, if you too decide to go on such an experience:
- Make sure to take a travel sickness tablet beforehand – trust me it is worth it!
- Go to the bathroom before boarding the boat and don’t drink too much either, the worst place to be while on board is in the toilet and will definitely make you queasy.
- Take warm clothing items with you, it can get very cold out on the harbor and we are also currently at the beginning of our winter – yes it does get cold lol
- Bring your camera so you can maybe get a selfie with a whale or at least a bird LOL
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