A surfer close up with a Southern Right Whale at Curl Curl beach. Photo: Murray Fraser
Surf and snow coaxed a few surprise guests out of hibernation on Sunday.
At Freshwater beach, a southern right whale parked itself close to shore at about 9am, possibly in search of a calm spot to calve.
Spectators quickly surrounded the animal for a closer look, prompting lifeguards to remind the crowds that swimmers were required to stay 30 metres away from whales, and surfers and boats must be 100 metres away.
Wallabies negotiating through snow in a pine forest, north of Oberon. Photo: Dean Sewell
''I was pretty worried to see one guy out there with a kid on his board,'' Freshwater resident Ian Hansen said. ''It's a big animal. One tail flick and we could have a death on our hands.''
Further inland, mild snow falls across the central tablelands did not deter curious wallabies from negotiating a section of pine forest north of Oberon.
Strong winds at the weekend kept the State Emergency Service busy with 678 call-outs, including 522 in the Sydney metropolitan area.
Whale harassed by surfers off Freshwater beach
Surfers have been warned to steer clear of a large southern right whale at Freshwater beach after they were seen within metres of the animal, June 29, 2014. Photo: Murray Fraser
Among the more severe incidents was a roof, ripped off a home in Windsor, taking out power lines, and a falling tree that damaged five cars in Liverpool.
The blustery winds are forecast to continue on Monday.