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Whale Watching Cruise in Sydney Harbour - Adult

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Captain Cook Cruises (Sealink)

Whale Watching Cruise in Sydney Harbour - Adult


  • View majestic whales during migration mid-May to early-Nov
  • Cruise the inner harbour and outside Sydney Heads with commentary
  • Whale sighting guaranteed or cruise again for FREE

View and admire extraordinary Humpbacks and the occasional Southern Right Whale with this open water cruise through the entrance of Sydney Harbour. Featuring on board commentary, two decks, open-air viewing and comfortable all-weather lounge.

What's Included?

  • 2.5 hour whale watching cruise in Sydney Harbour
  • Live expert commentary
  • Over 95% whale sighting success
  • Family friendly with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating

Humpback sightings have continued to increase every year and these amazing mammals just love to show off with breaches, tail slapping and even a close up wink when they are feeling extra curious. Don't miss this extraordinary experience to see the gentle giants of the sea on their annual migration.

Humpback Whales sightings have continued to increase over the last decade. In June and July these majestic marine mammals migrate north for breeding before returning south with their calves from September. Southern Right Whales do not migrate, instead move along the coast finding protected shelters for their young. Occasionally a mother and calf make Sydney Harbour their home for a short while and thousands of locals come out to wish them well.

Spotters on the land help to direct certified whale watching cruises and also assist whale researchers by recording sightings and ensuring approach distances are strictly adhered to. Very rarely a whale is not spotted during the cruise. In this case your Whale Guarantee entitles you to another free morning cruise during the same season on a standby basis.

The approach distance for a vessel is 100m from a whale or 50m from a dolphin. To the delight of passengers, whales and dolphins often approach the vessel. In these situations we are required to slow down gradually, stop and wait until the animal moves beyond the approach zone.

This is a seasonal tour. The 2024 season will operate 18 May - 3 November.

Session Length

  • Please allow approximately 2.5 hours for the whole experience
  • Morning Cruise operates Wed-Sun during school holidays & weekends only outside school holidays, departing 9.30am, returning approx. 12pm
  • This is a seasonal tour. The 2024 season will operate 18 May - 3 November


This experience is Family friendly, children must be 4 years and over to participate. Not recommended if pregnant as this is an ocean-going cruise.


  • Adult: 16+ years
  • Child: 4-15 years old. Children must be accompanied by a supervising adult


  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience


Cruises are subject to cancellation due to weather and other operational requirements. Phone the Whale Reconfirmation Hotline +61-2-8062 3623 from 7.15am on the day of your cruise.

Dress Code

Please dress for the weather on the day - it will often feel colder at sea.

Other Info

You must check-in for boarding passes at the Wharf 6 Circular Quay ticket office at least 20 minutes prior to boarding the cruise. This is an open water cruise and you will experience sea motion. We recommend you eat lightly before the cruise. Travel sickness tablets are generally most effective if taken prior to the cruise. A Passenger Contact Information form is required for open-water cruises. Please complete prior to arrival to ensure a smooth check-in and boarding process. Complete the form at

This experience will depart from Wharf 6, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW.

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