3 Hr Whale Watching Discovery Cruise in Sydney

Sydney, Australia
Sydney Whale Watching Adventure
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spot majestic humpback whales swimming and playing in their natural environment during this whale-watching cruise from Sydney. Sail across Sydney Harbour, past the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the open waters of the Pacific and get up close to the gentle giants. This seasonal tour runs between May and November, and cruises pick up from either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.
  • Whale-watching cruise from Sydney
  • Spot humpback whales in their natural habitat
  • See the sights of Sydney Harbour
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee and snack
  • See the underwater world without getting wet
  • Cruises leave from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour

What's Included

  • Three hour Whale Watching cruise.
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Commentary by experienced crew.
  • Professional photographer onboard
  • Whale pictures from your cruise (available to purchase)
  • Drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Circular Quay Wharf 6
    Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

    Cruises depart from Circular Quay - Wharf 6. Our ticket office is the last one on the left hand side of the wharf. Cruises also depart from Darling Harbour - Aquarium wharf. Please select at time of booking

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • If you suffer from motion sickness it is strongly recommended that you consult a doctor before traveling
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 190 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.

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I never thought I would have the opportunity to see whales in their natural habitat. It was an unforgettable experience. The ride was comfortable and the crew did an excellent job in providing the many opportunities to see the whales.


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Do not go at the end of the season!
Stephanie_H, Nov 2023
I am sure if we had not gone the last weekend this trip was offered (end of the migration season), we would have had more fun. Unfortunately, we saw no whales, the crew spent the entire time tending to seasick passengers (rather than trying to help locate the whales) and at the end we were all offered the "whale-watching guarantee", which is a voucher for another whale watching trip and must be used within the year. Since this was a once-in-a lifetime trip to Australia, we won't be able to try again..and they know that 99% of visitors will not be able to book a return trip.
Whale watching fun
Nabilah_A, Nov 2023
The ferry ride. But not happy there wasn't much whales or went up close to us. Too expensive for little whale watching experience (not many whales)
Not what was expected
Mariyam_M, Oct 2023
Saw the whales swimming, but not so eventful. The whales did not come out of the ocean. Not what was expected. So felt a bit disappointed.
Fascinating, exhilarating but disappointing.
Roger_N, Sep 2023
Going out thru the Harbor was picturesque. The weather was nice. We did see a number of whales. The biggest and most playful was found near the end of the cruise. Unfortunately, we left before the group was done playing, so we could get back at least 15 minutes early making the cruise less than the advertised 3 hours.
Watching whales in the Tasman sea was incredible.
Mildred_L, Aug 2023
I never thought I would have the opportunity to see whales in their natural habitat. It was an unforgettable experience. The ride was comfortable and the crew did an excellent job in providing the many opportunities to see the whales.
Poor Overall Experience
Emily_B, Aug 2023
We didn’t see any whales, which is not the tour operators fault, but they also did not explain anything that was happening for the 2 hours we were out cruising. They didn’t explain what they were doing or give any information regarding what whales they were looking for or anything really. It was just a nice, relatively quiet 3 hour boat ride that we got nothing out of. I also think it would be beneficial to offer partial refunds (not full, I get you still have to pay gas and wages, etc.) if you don’t see anything as many of the patrons are likely tourists and may not be in Sydney another day, like we were not.
Jamie_C, Aug 2023
This was a lot of fun. We saw a bunch of whales. They jumped out the water, they splashed with their fins and tails. One even got close to the boat. It was amazing to see. Such a nice day on the water.
There were whales
maria_e, Jul 2023
On this outing we were able to see whales. Which is great. However I got seasick and only saw one whale breach because I was vomiting most of the time. I'm giving a five because we did get whales but most importantly the crew were checking on this who did get sick.
Fun day but rough seas.
Acacia_N, Jul 2023
We had a great time and were able to see whales right up along the boat. We were out on rough waters. My family doesn't normally take motion sickness pills, but we needed it that day!
Whale watching trip
AijazYousaf, May 2023
The experience was good other than the whale did not showed up completely, that is our luck. nothing to do with the package :) . the tour was excellent. i enjoyed watching.
Lots of whales
AnnaMaria_N, May 2023
The day we were originally supposed to go on this trip there were gale force winds. We were able to change to another day couple days later. We saw male whales slapping the water and breaching and then saw a second pod as we headed back into the bay. Wonderful trip. We saw the whales breaching 9 times. Amazing
Mathilde_L, Nov 2022
Scam. Didnt see any whales and i have a free entry but for the next year. Dont go if you dont wanna l'ont money
We were able to see a...
Kristi_K, Nov 2022
We were able to see a mother and her calf. Both of them breached and the calf jumped all the way out of the water. It was an amazing experience.
A day to remember
Chris_K, Oct 2022
Best experience ever, a perfect moment for me to build memories with my fiancée on our first visit to NSW.
Whales and waves
Christine_M, Oct 2022
Shocking weather saw many people get seasick but the staff were fantastic! Did their best under very trying conditions.
Jayant_M, Oct 2022
We were very much satisfied with the tours and visits organised by you. Look forward to another good experience on visit to Canberra.
Great whale watching tour!
Lori_R, Nov 2019
I had a great time during the entire tour. We saw 4 whales and watched them play for at least an hour. I got lots of pictures and video. It was definitely one of the highlights of my vacation.
Whale Watching Circular Quay
Jenn_S, Oct 2019
The Weather was terrible; the crew really didn't give a rats and the voucher for food & drinks very poor. Got at the end. For $99 per person a very low standard!
We were not informed prior our...
Desmond T, Jun 2017
We were not informed prior our booking or departure that the sea was so rough, all ended up seasick despite eating the seasick pills and could not see the Whale. All 7 of us were busy vomitting in the cruise.
Although we had problems finding...
Susan S, Oct 2016
Although we had problems finding where the boat left from, which wharf, it didn't ruin out outing. It was wonderful to see the whales up close. It was as if hey where putting on a performance for everyone.

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