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New South Wales, Australia
Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English


Cruise the ocean waters off of Sydney to look for humpback and southern right whales as they migrate between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef from May to November. Your whale-watching experience starts out of Sydney Harbour and heads to the open ocean on a custom-built catamaran with large viewing windows and spacious decks that provide excellent sightlines. Often, dolphins, sea birds and other marine animals make an appearance during the nearly 2.5-hour whale-watching tour.
  • Whale-Watching Cruise through Sydney Harbour and on the Pacific Ocean
  • Experience the great migration of humpback and southern right whales
  • The open-air viewing decks provide great whale-watching opportunities
  • Enjoy the picturesque sights of Sydney Harbour on your way to the open ocean
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Live commentary on board
2.5 Hour Whale Watching Cruise
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Darling Harbour Wharf , New South Wales, Australia

Please check in at least 20 minutes prior to departure to collect tickets from the ticket office opposite Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No.2.

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your catamaran at Darling Harbour and step on board your state-of-the-art whale-watching vessel for a stable and comfortable ride. Choose to station yourself outdoors on the large viewing decks or inside the all-weather cabin, protected from the elements.

Witness the migration that turns the Pacific Ocean waters near Sydney into a prime spot for viewing southern right and humpback whales between the months of May and November. As many as 15,000 whales swim past Sydney every year. If you’re lucky, you may see some of them breach, spout, slap their tails and fins, or even jump out of the water.

Listen to live onboard commentary from a naturalist who shares fascinating information about the whales, dolphins and other animals that you might see during almost three hours on the whale-watching cruise.

Bring your camera for photo ops of the marine life, and the Sydney skyline, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Heads.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please dress appropriately and wear warm clothing. It will often feel cooler at sea
  • If you are susceptible to travel sickness, please bring the relevant medication
  • Whale Guarantee: If a whale is not sighted during your cruise, you'll be given the opportunity to cruise again for free
  • Reconfirmation Hotline - Call +61-2-8062 3623 from 7.15am on the day of your cruise to confirm the cruise is going ahead. Cruises may be cancelled subject to weather conditions.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not recommended for travelers 3 years and younger
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 120 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Cook Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitisation during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise.
What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise.

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  • "Saw a whale but got blocked by overly zealous passengers, very choppy waters, dont go on a full stomach" See review


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We all waited for ages...
, Jun. 2022
We all waited for ages until we got told the trip was cancelled. People travelled from far places so should have got a little more than a refund
Best experience ever
, Jul. 2020
We went whale watching for our first time and not only was it the best experience ever for us. I have to say the crew on the boat were Friendly and kind and Then we all got sea sick and they were so caring and checking up on us. I highly recommend this tour to any one Thank you vicky
Great day on a choppy sea
, Nov. 2019
Guide and captain were great, very knowledgeable about the whales. Saw 11 in total, would be great to go again on a calmer day.
Worse customer service and pricing. ad to call multiple times and low price guarantee is just a joke
Vijay M
, Nov. 2019
Never experienced such worse customer service. Their prices are higher than locally advertised price and never willing to match the price even after pointing out the low price guaranteed offer! Customer service agent was rude and was arguing.
An out of this world experience!
, Nov. 2019
We went on this tour with our two children. Despite the boat being very rocky in the open ocean, none of the passengers got seasick. Anticipation and excitement filled the boat and the entire experience was just amazing! By God's grace, we got to see not just one whale, but a mother whale teaching and/or playing with her calf. It was just out of this world!
Fantastic Experience
, Oct. 2019
We enjoyed this cruise very much. In all there must have been around four pods. They didn't disappoint, what a great trip.
, Oct. 2019
Absolutely loved it. Saw 5 whales even a baby. Thank you for the experience. Would highly recommend.
Great day
, Oct. 2019
absolutely fantastic. Saw 4 whales in 1 pod who put on a show, Staff onboard caring and knowledgeable and just as thrilled as the passengers. Great day.
Saw a whale
, Aug. 2019
Saw a whale but got blocked by overly zealous passengers, very choppy waters, dont go on a full stomach
Awesome cruise
, Aug. 2019
One of the most interesting cruises I've ever been to. The staff were nice. They gave losts of information about the wales. We saw lots of amazing wales.
The crew did a great job - the whales only partially
, Jul. 2019
was a nice trip and the Crew did everything possible to get some nice views on whales. But there were not that many. Some other places around the world offer a much better experience. But if you want to go on a whale watching cruise in Sydney, I can recommend this one. Paid 72 AUD. If you book in advance at the booth or on the web, you should get specials at 55 AUD.
The crew tried their very best to locate the whales
, Jun. 2019
The crew tried their very best to locate the whales. They were informative regarding the whales. We have got a few surprises that we saw dolphins, sealions along the way.
We were lucky enough to be visiting...
Sandra D
, Oct. 2017
We were lucky enough to be visiting Sydney, Australia when the whales were migrating! We saw several whales just outside of Sydney Harbor breach, splash down, and flip their tail! It was amazing!
good trip, but unfortunatly, we only...
nathalie s
, Oct. 2017
good trip, but unfortunatly, we only see little part of huge whales and we also see their water spring when they breath.
Such a great day out for our whole...
Lily R
, Sep. 2017
Such a great day out for our whole family, adult kids! The guide and pilot of the boat were patient and generous and made sure we all got what we came for!
Very interesting tour and if you're...
Anthony M
, Sep. 2017
Very interesting tour and if you're lucky enough as we were to see 2 humpback whales playing .
At times it could be a bit difficult...
Tuija L
, Sep. 2017
At times it could be a bit difficult to see anything when tall men hurried to stand as close to the whale as possibe. But to see a jumping whale really mad it worth it.
Saw whales, few and far between and...
Elaine P
, Jun. 2017
Saw whales, few and far between and when we did, way too many people to be able to take pictures. Very disappointing
This was fantastic! The guide was...
Lina V
, May 2017
This was fantastic! The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. What a great experience, loved every minute of it!
This was the best experience I had...
, Apr. 2017
This was the best experience I had. We saw the whale so near. Go for it if you are visiting Sydney.

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