Oz Whale Watching tour guide
While you can observe humpbacks, a few southern right whales and the odd minke off Sydney’s coast in the warmer months, the very best time to see these majestic ocean giants is in winter. That’s when Biggles, a tour guide of six years with Oz Whale Watching, really shines. This passionate environmentalist, with more than 20 years of whale-watching experience, is a font of knowledge. “The first to leave the south are last year’s cow and calf pairs, then the juveniles, which will usually overtake them by the time they get to Sydney,” he says.
These flighty young guns are followed by the main body of the pod, where you’ll see more fireworks as toey males show off for the attention of female whales. By August, there’s two-way traffic, as the crew slowly make their way back south to feed once again. “No two trips are the same,” says Biggles. “It’s incredibly visceral stuff when they start playing up, because these things are massive – up to 45 tonnes. Because you’re dealing with wildlife it’s something worth doing multiple times.” OG