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Whale Watching Cruise in Sydney Harbour

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  • View majestic whales during migration mid-May to Oct
  • Cruise the inner harbour and outside Sydney Heads with commentary
  • 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?

  • 3 hour whale watching cruise in Sydney Harbour
  • Live commentary
  • 99% whale sighting success

The 2019 Sydney Whale Watching season was amazing and 2020 is set to be even better. 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.

The 2020 season runs from 03 July - 28 October.

Session Length

  • Please allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience
  • Seasonal experience - Available July to October
  • The 2020 season runs from 03 July - 28 October
  • Outside school holidays: Morning Cruise operates Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, departing 10.00am, returning approx. 1.00pm.
  • School holidays 26Sep-11Oct20: Morning Cruise operates daily, departing 10.00am, returning approx. 1.00pm


This experience is Family friendly, children must be 4 years and over to participate.


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:


  • Over 72 hours prior to the experience date: No charge
  • Within 72 hours of the experience date, No Shows and Late Arrivals: Participants forfeit their experience and therefore are not entitled to a refund or to re-book. Participants are advised to make their own insurance provisions in case of unforeseen circumstances

Numbers on the Day

This tour is social distancing compliant. 200 passenger vessels, limited to 50 guests per cruise, as at 28May 2020 and subject to change.


Cruises are subject to cancellation due to weather and other operational requirements.

Dress Code

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

This experience will depart from Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.2, and travel outside Sydney Heads.