Sydney Pelagic - Brown's Mountain

The Sydney Pelagic trip departs on the second Saturday of every month and usually heads for the underwater seamount called Brown's Mountain which lies just off the continental shelfbreak some 22.5 nautical miles ESE of Sydney Heads.

Getting There

The MV Halicat departs from Mosman Ferry Wharf at 6.45am and Rose Bay Public Wharf at 7.00am and returns around 4.00pm. To make a booking, call Hal on +61 (0)411 311 236 or go to the Halicat website at www.

GPS Coordinates 34°14.07′S, 151°47.226′E


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Whales, Dolphins & Seals 5 species
Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) 228
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) 102
Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus) 50
Long-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala melas) 50
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) 6
Seabirds 26 species
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) 1701
Fluttering Shearwater (Puffinus gavia) 403
Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator) 84
Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) 71
Greater Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) 41
Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophris) 40
Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida) 37
Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes) 35
Providence Petrel (Pterodroma solandri) 33
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) 26
Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) 13
Wilson's Storm Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) 11
Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur) 10
Shy Albatross (Thalassarche cauta) 10
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) 5
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 3
Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) 3
Brown Skua (Stercorarius antarcticus) 2
Southern Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus) 2
White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) 1
Hutton's Shearwater (Puffinus huttoni) 1
Northern Giant Petrel (Macronectes halli) 1
Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) 1
Little Shearwater (Puffinus assimilis) 1
South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki) 1
Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) 1
Land Birds 1 species
White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) 2