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Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

1. Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Make your way to Circular Quay to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat. You have the choice of two options on this cruise which will allow you to enjoy the whales with ultimate comfort and a delicious meal! Every day the cruise with lunch is available and on the weekends whales with brekky is an option! Seeing these giant mammals of the sea has the ability to change your whole view on life. The gracefulness, the peacefulness, the playfulness, the curiosity, the showmanship and the awesome power of a humpback whale is something everyone should witness in their lifetime. Whale watching is an exhilarating adventure - seeing these incredible creatures frolicking and swimming in the ocean is an awe-inspiring treat that you will remember forever! Breaching, tail slaps, spy hopping, fluke dives and peduncle throws are all some of the great moves you may see from the whales on their migrations. The whale population is increasing each year and and this year there are 30,000+ whales expected to migrate past Sydney. Whale watching season runs from May to November. From May to August, the whales are on their Northern migration to Tropical North Queensland and then from mid August to November, they're on their southern migration back to the Antarctic along with their new born calves - the little calves are just gorgeous!

Sydney: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

2. Sydney: 3-Hour Whale Watching Tour by Catamaran

Reach a top speed of almost 30 knots on Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessel, Fantasea Catalina, and take only 15 minutes to get from Circular Quay to the open ocean. Spend less time in the harbor and more time watching whales. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious, wrap-around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing. Whale watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Listen to informative commentary by an experienced crew. Know exactly what to look out for with onboard multimedia presentations. Don't worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos, as an onboard professional photographer has that covered with photos available for purchase onboard. Tea, coffee, and bottled water are included in this cruise. Additional drinks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

Sydney: Ocean Whale Watching Experience

3. Sydney: Ocean Whale Watching Experience

Daily whale watching trips offering personal and up close experiences with migrating humpback whales in the open ocean. Our whale watching trips depart from Darling Harbour and have you back again in under 3 hours. You will get to view the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and world famous Opera House before heading out of the harbour to get up close and personal with the migrating humpback whales. Our custom built Whale Watching boat is designed to get you as close as possible to the amazing whales, we also only take small groups in order to make the experience as close to nature as possible. We provide a commentary throughout the trip including the history of Sydney Harbour's whaling days and facts about the majestic humpback whale and their annual migration journey to warmers waters to calve. Our trips are family friendly and we welcome all ages. Our friendly crew will help with all aspects of the trip. We offer a 'Whale Sighting Guarantee' if you don't see whales you can come again free of charge!

Sydney: Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Whale Watching & Sailing

4. Sydney: Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Whale Watching & Sailing

Each year the Great Whale Migration sees thousands of Humpback and Southern Right Whales swim close to the coastline around Sydney. Coral Trekker, one of Sydney Harbour Tall Ships historic vessels, operates whale watching cruises during this incredible migration to allow people to see the whales up close in their natural environment. The Coral Trekker offers significant advantages for whale watching over motor vessels. The view from the tall ship’s towering crows nest is perfect for finding whales in the distance so that the captain can direct the ship closer. Also, the quiet nature of the ship ensures a low impact on the whales’ environment and the open deck allows great unrestricted viewing for all. Experience the thrill of real tall ship sailing. The freedom of the open sea and the camaraderie with your fellow guests and the crew as you set sail on a tall ship is unforgettable. The Coral Trekker is an authentic square rigger with over 20,000 square feet of canvas. You will have the chance to climb the mast, help set the sails, assist with manoeuvres and much more. The crew are there to help those who want to get involved and learn more about the ropes, but nothing is compulsory and no experience is necessary. Don’t miss your chance to take part in sailing activities that are not available on our regular daily cruises. During the day everyone will have the chance to climb the mast to help spot whales or to enjoy spectacular views of the harbour. You will be in a specially designed full safety harness and instruction is provided by the crew. You will feel a true sense of achievement and experience Sydney Harbour from a unique perspective.

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What people are saying about Sydney

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 188 reviews

Pleasant surprise to know that a marine scientist was part of the crew! We managed to catch 3 whales up close, dolphins that rode the waves with our boat, and very excellent commentary on the marine mammals. To top it off, we were also guided on the harbour's sights and stories behind landmarks. Glad I got on this tour on my birthday and the whale sightings were a gift from nature

It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had. I highly recommend this company and their catamaran. The crew kept things interesting by explaining different aspects of whales and whale watching. They are accommodating through beverage services and providing vomit bags for the many (~50%) customers getting sick during the 3-hour tour.

Great opportunity to see whales. Food was okay and they close up buffet quickly to keep people from getting sea sick but that part felt rushed and not as much worth the money. You are paying to see whales and the crew were knowledgeable and made sure to move the boat to wherever there were indications that a group of whales may be present.

Amazing experience! Got to see plenty of Whales up close, at least 6 or 7 throughout the duration of the trip. Plenty of space on the boat to move around and get the best views as well. Captain and crew were very friendly and helpful. We had a great time!

Soooo fun and just a beautiful way to see Sydney from a different angle!