Jun
11
2012

Winter is whale watching season

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So many people who journey through Tasmania fall in love with its natural beauty, great eating experiences and friendly locals.

And while there are a number of activities that cater to people of all ages, it is hard to leave the island state without meeting some of its most famous residents.

If you are keen to learn more about the Tasmanian devil, hug koalas or hop along side one of the regions many kangaroos and wallabies, then you might want to make your way to one of the state's many wildlife parks and reserves.

But one of the main highlights of the winter calendar would have to be whale watching – with the season officially starting in July. (This year however they have already been seen running in June!).

These magnificent creatures take over seas on their migration north during this time of year and are helping to cement Tasmania as something of a whale-watching mecca.

For Humpback and Southern Right whale spotting, it is best to head to Great Oyster Bay and the Mercury Passage near Freycinet.

Southern right whales have been know to stay in this area for extended periods of time, but humpbacks are said to move on fairly quickly depending on water temperatures and migration patterns.

Another popular destination for this activity is Adventure Bay, Bruny Island where cruises operating during the winter take in this spectacle.

Whale sightings in these areas occur on a regular basis and are usually more frequent than other parts of Tasmania.

In some cases, whales have been known to stay in local waters for one to five weeks while calving – which is something that will no doubt have animal enthusiasts' agog with interest.

With so many sights to choose from, it is important to book ahead to make sure that you get in as many whale watching hours as possible.

Whale Surfacing on the  East Coast - Image Credit: The Mercury Hobart (2011)

Wineglass Bay East Coast Tasmania - site of large scale whaling in the 1800's

Coles Bay Kayaking - Image Credit: There's Nothing Like Australia

Whale Sculpture at Dover, Tasmania's Far South

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