Nicknamed the ‘Humpback Highway’ the whales’ migration route is about 100km wide and was given the name because of the volume of aquatic traffic all travelling in the same direction. This highway takes whales along NSW coastline between May end the end of November and our Northern Beaches has several great whale watching spots.
It’s a long slow cruise, between feeding and breeding grounds, for humpbacks who are capable of speeds up to 8 km/h.
But between rest stops and socialising along the way, migrating humpbacks average around 1.6km/h.
All along the Northern Beaches you’ll find fantastic whale watching vantage points and tours.
Out at sea and on land you’ll get some impressive views from most of our headlands including Manly’s North Head, the top of Long Reef headland and Barrenjoey Lighthouse headland in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Male Humpbacks’ definitely have the x-factor, singing extraordinarily beautiful and complex songs that last for hours. Whale song can be heard by other sea mammals thousands of kilometres away and researchers think some of their low notes (low frequency) can be heard more than 16,000 kilometres away.
Great harmonisers, male humpbacks often change their tune, in unfamiliar territory, to match the songs of resident whales.