If you have never had the opportunity to get up close and personal to these magnificent creatures, now is the time. Between the months of May through to October with July/Aug being the prime time, you can not only view these giants from the many Whale Watching Cruisers available, but you can often get great glimpses of them right from the shoreline in Manly and the surrounding Northern Beaches. Particularly great viewing points are the many headlands along the coast such as that at Shelly Beach which is just a 10 min stroll along the beachfront from the Waterside Apartments.
A highly recommended activity at this time of year is to take a whale watching trip that runs out of Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. The 17 minute ferry trip from Manly Wharf to Circular Quay is included in the ticket price through http://www.whalewatchingsydney.net/ and you are pretty much guaranteed to see whales up close and it is AMAZING! These guys often come right into the harbour and cross the path of the Manly Ferry, which always slows down or stops to check them out, much to the delight of the commuters and travellers on board. Imagine that, seeing whales up close on your way to work!! Even on a bus trip back from the city last season, we happened to look out the window and saw a whale that was frolicking around in Middle Harbour …. viewing from a bus commute, that’s crazy!
If you love swimming, you may like to take a chilly dip with the Bold and Beautiful swim club http://www.boldandbeautifulmanly.com.au/ They swim from Manly Surf Club every day of the year without fail, they too have encountered a whale or two. At this time of the year around Shelly Beach there are also juvenile dusky bronze whaler sharks flying around like torpedoes. They can be seen whilst you're swimming or snorkelling.
Also around in plentiful numbers at this time of year are pods of dolphins surfing the waves at Manly Beach along with the lucky surfers that happen to come across them and the occasional seal sunning themselves on the rocks.
Get out and around Manly and enjoy the amazing marine life in the neighbourhood.