Whale Watching Boat Trip in Sydney

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Intimate Family Friendly Whale Watching
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Nature enthusiasts will love getting out of Sydney for half a day on a whale-watching boat trip directly from Darling Harbour. Look out for migrating humpback whales and learn more about the marine environment around Sydney through live on-board commentary. The small vessel allows for a close-up look at the whales.
  • The whale sighting guarantee ensures a great experience
  • Suitable for kids and adults alike
  • Enjoy views of Sydney Harbour along the way
  • A must-do tour for animal lovers

What's Included

  • All Fees and Taxes

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Whale Tales Whale Watching Sydney
      1A Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000, Australia

      Walk to the waterfront behind Crown Towers Hotel (Sydney's tallest building) and you will see a walkway down to the right to a small wharf. Please call Rob on 0415 890 767 if you are lost! *We are NOT located at Barangaroo Ferry Wharves 1 & 2!!* *Please arrive 15 minutes BEFORE your departure time*

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Featured review
    Really knowledgeable captain and guide who shared interesting information. Felt comfortable walking around the boat. Seeing the whales breaching was amazing, but we also enjoyed the opportunity to see the scenery and the Sydney Harbor. I would highly recommend this trip to anybody.


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    YL_L, Oct 2023
    Our guide is so professional that she could read all the little signs and know where the whales are and which among them is likely to be active and curious to get close to us. Also learning a whole lot about the humpback whales. They are friendly animals!
    Quick but action packed trip.
    Gill_F, Oct 2023
    Great small-ish boat - big enough to feel safe on the sea but small enough not to be in a huge crowd. Very helpful & knowledgable crew happy to answer all questions. Good concern for the wildlife. We only had a half day before our flight out & it was perfect to fit in the 3hr trip in the morning.
    It was amazing to have...
    Palak_G, Oct 2023
    It was amazing to have wonderful team and we able to saw many whales. Especially,the team has tried their best to show whales and they did their wonderful job.
    Whale of an Experience
    Kevin_D, Oct 2023
    The crew was knowledgeable, friendly and did a great job of putting us on active whales. We saw numerous moms and calves playing, tail slapping and breaching. Highly recommended excursion.
    Worth the Time!
    Rachael_S, Oct 2023
    Not only did we see humpback whales breaching and blowing but the boat ride through the harbor was incredible. Highly recommend!
    I think a little late in...
    Mona_C, Oct 2023
    I think a little late in the season. We didn’t see much. But, the size of the vessel and number of people was perfect. The skipper and mate were great. We just didn’t see much. They invited us back for another day free of charge but I got quite seasick so another try was not appealing.
    Wonderful experience
    Kenneth_W, Oct 2023
    What a wonderful experience. Mett was an outstanding guide. Will always remember this trip and the beautiful whale family we had the good fortune to observe. Terrific tour all around.
    The best view
    LinaJuliana_F, Oct 2023
    A beautiful trip and friendly crew members, I loved this experience, I hope come back to Sidney and retake the tour
    Amazing option over large commercialized vessels!
    Brynne_T, Oct 2023
    Amazing morning trip to see the whales! Thoughtful and knowledgeable crew with a manageable number of passengers unlike the other larger commercial options. I have recommended it to anyone who hasn’t seen the whales before the season ends.
    Amazing trip
    Joanne_B, Oct 2023
    The most fun I have had in a long time. We were lucky enough to have multiple sightings of mums and their calves. Great hosts on the boat, knowledgeable and informative while respecting the whales. I think going in the smaller boat was much more personable and would highly recommend this trip. Thank you for the best time 😊. Joanne Burman.
    Great people, but small boat.
    Charlotte_T, Oct 2023
    The crew was fantastic. The only downside is that is it operated with a small boat and was very rocky at sea. Unfortunately I will not return due to this reason.
    Must do
    Stephanie_P, Sep 2023
    Such a memorable experience! We managed to see the whales more than once. The tour guides were exceptional and knowledgeable about the whales.
    Karen_T, Sep 2023
    Very friendly and informative experience from start to finish. Highly recommended in every way. Being able to see the whales up close is an unforgettable memory
    Whale Tales #1 choice for your whale spotting adventure
    Alison_C, Sep 2023
    A well organised tour with great hosts. Fun playing tourist for the day in our hometown. Whales were up close and put on a great display. Thoroughly recommend @whaletalessydney.
    Best trip ever!
    Claudia_V, Sep 2023
    This was an unforgettable trip - we loved it! Quite an adventure with a small-ish boat (fits around 25 people) so you are close to the ocean and whales! We had kids aged 6-8 with us along with parents and a grandmother - all enjoyed the day hugely. 2 of our group did get seasick so planning ahead for that is useful. The rest of us enjoyed the sea spray, the fun and most of all, seeing incredible whales breaching and playing in the ocean. An incredible experience and memory to treasure. Fully recommend this company and trip!
    Wonderful. Must do
    Amar_N, Sep 2023
    It was really one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Besides seeing the magnificent whales playing around us. , the tour guides went out of their way to show us the whales breaching. In addition, what I loved the most was the education that I received about sperm makes, their mating, their annual migrations and how their society works. The crew were warm and knowledgeable and contributed a large part to the experience Their passion for marine life clearly showed and it had a huge impact on me.
    Sydney best
    rygccf, Sep 2023
    small family own boat 20 pax good enough with good viewing. saw whale flipping jump up 3-4 times. good captain
    Worth it
    Jackie_e, Sep 2023
    Meadow and Rob were great, both spent time educating us about the area, the animals, and what to look out for. We saw a couple of humpbacks but the best part had to be the dolphins who were racing our boat on our way back to the wharf! Meadow was also very attentive to those of us who became a little nauseous out there.
    Magical and memorable
    Rebecca_F, Sep 2023
    We had the best experience. Loved seeing the site from the boat. Then we were lucky to see a mother and calf for over an hour. They were very close and we felt that they were not disturbed by our presence. Interesting commentary.
    Wonderful experience....
    Nicolas_H, Sep 2023
    Wonderful experience. Really nice people. Amazing experience, learned a lot about whale. Never would've thought that whale watching could be so amazing. I can definitely recommend it, and the price is fair
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