1. Australia
  2. New South Wales
  3. Sydney
  4. Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney: 2.5-Hour Whale Watching Cruise

Product ID: 112156
See orca, minke and humpback whales during their winter migration on a 2.5-hour open water cruise through the entrance of Sydney Harbour and out into the Pacific Ocean.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
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  • Look for humpback whales during their winter migration
  • Relax in a comfortable all-weather lounge with outdoor viewing
  • Listen to an informative commentary as you cruise
  • Benefit from a 95% guarantee of seeing whales or the chance to take a second cruise for free
  • Get breathtaking views of Sydney's beautiful coastline
Full description
Experience a miracle of the natural world on a whale watching cruise from Sydney Harbour. Go in search of the migrating whales that turn the Pacific Ocean waters near Sydney into a prime viewing spot for southern right and humpback whales between the months of May and November.

Cruise aboard a great vessel and benefit from full commentary and guaranteed whale sightings. As many as 15,000 whales swim past Sydney every year. Encounter whale activity, including the famous whale breaches when they jump high out of the water. You may even get a close-up wink from a whale when they are feeling extra curious! Get the chance to see southern rights, orcas and minke whales in their natural environment, along with playful dolphins, seals, fairy penguins, albatross and more.

Whale sightings are 95% guaranteed. In the unlikely event that you don't see any whales, you can cruise again in the same season for free (on a standby basis and confirmed 24 hours in advance, subject to availability).
  • Whale watching cruise at the entrance of Sydney Harbour
What’s Not Included
  • Snacks and drinks (available to purchase on board)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Circular Quay Wharf No.6, Sydney.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This cruise operates subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers. As this is an open water cruise, the names of all passengers and emergency contact details are a legal requirement
• Cruises are subject to cancellation due to weather and other operational requirements
• Please note that as an open water cruise, you will experience sea motion. It is recommended you eat lightly before and during the cruise. Travel sickness tablets are generally most effective if taken prior to the cruise. Please dress according to the weather. It will often feel colder at sea. Smoking is not permitted on board the boat
• Please arrive at the meeting point at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time
• As these are wild animals in their natural environment, please note that every trip is different and whale sightings cannot be guaranteed
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Expererience was good, but started to get s little long.

25 August 2019

the service was nice the whales just weren't very active

28 June 2019

Not getting a response from the Guide after cancellation of the cruise

To be fair, I am unable to comment on the cruise as it was cancelled due to bad weather conditions. However, I am really disappointed with the customer service with this company. When I received the email notification on the cancellation of the cruise, I replied in an hour and asked to arrange the cruise on another day during my stay in Sydney. Unfortunately, no response was received and I had to send another email to request for refund. Up til now I have not received a response from the Guide/company despite sending emails to follow up on the cancellation (of course no refund as well). This has left me a bad impression over travel agencies in Sydney.

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25 October 2018

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Captain Cook Cruises

Product ID: 112156