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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise

Want to see whales in Sydney? Experience the majestic whales close up when a large number of Humpback and Southern Right Whales start their migration north along the Australian coastline, from Antarctica, to their breeding grounds in Queensland. They swim close to the coastline around Sydney providing memorable whale spotting opportunities. Book your Sydney eco whale watching cruise today!


  • Enjoy an exciting 4-hour eco whale watching cruise, in operation since the year 2000 with over 15 years experience
  • Spot Humpback and Southern Right whales as they migrate along the Australian coastline
  • Small-group intimate experience (maximum 12 passengers)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

No more than a dozen passengers are allowed on the yacht, so you don't have to worry about fighting for a choice viewing spot. The passionate and knowledgeable crew will get you as close as possible to the whales. They are mesmerizing!

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise

Sydney Whale Watching

A Sydney eco whale watching cruise is, simply put, an awe-inspiring experience. Have you ever seen these majestic creatures up close? Well, here is your chance and one of the best ways to enjoy such an experience is aboard the luxury yacht Katrina.

This personalized small group eco-tour caters for only a 12 passengers at a time. No pushing crowds and lots of personal attention will make this a powerful, spiritual experience. The yacht Katrina provides a luxurious, mobile platform to take you to the best vantage point to see these wonderful, awe inspiring creatures.

You may also get the chance to see other marine animals including dolphins, seals, albatross and much more marine life!

One major advantage of small numbers is there will be plenty of space and no crowds. Prepare to be amazed.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really fun, definitely worth it, so exciting to see the whales. Very relaxing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great afternoon on the Katrina. Tony is a great guy, knowledgeable, relaxed and a good host. We saw one whale and would have liked to see more but on the way back we saw a big pod of dolphins many of which came up to, and beside, the boat. There was no strict time or hurry to get back and we had the boat to ourselves, which was a bonus. It is such a better way to go out to sea than on those large crowded boats. We will go out again with Tony in the Spring.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tour guide was helpful, knowledge and even sympathetic when I was sea sick. Even though we didn't see any whales, he offered us another tour for free,vehich he really didn't have to do. He was great...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Tony is a very experienced, patient and all around nice guy!
He's been doing these tours for almost 14 years now but from his passion and motivation it seemed as he would just had been started.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

A wonderful afternoon out on the ocean. Instead of being on a massive catamaran, jostling for a view, we had a relaxed time, just the skipper and the two of us (they take a max of 12). Tony, our skipper and host, was friendly, knowledgeable and determined to find us a whale. He found two, and the second one spent 45 minutes entertaining us with pirouettes and chin slaps - at least 45 of them. Tony didn't turn back, he just waited until the show was over, meaning that we were at sea an hour longer than advertised. Now that's service!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Tony is a very warm and friendly tour guide, perfect for the winter sydney weather, bespoke services on small group cruise. Tony is also very conscious to our comfort and tour experiences due to the choppy ocean waves once the boat leave sydney harbour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Friendly and knowledgeable guide, small group in a small boat. More than met expectations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We had a great day-Tony was very accommodating. There were only a total of 4 of us on the trip so we were very lucky. We followed a 9 metre hump back for 4 hours and were lucky enough to see it breach as well as flap it's tail several times. Highly recommend this trip which is personalised rather than being on boat with dozens of people

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Tony and Biggles are amazing, we had a brilliant 4+ hours with them. We followed a mother and calf humped back whale with an escort, Biggles explained all about the whales while Tony sailed the boat, we sailed along side these whales for about an hour and saw them breach twice which was brilliant. Tony also sent us a picture that a boat opposite from us had sent to the Sydney Telegraph that showed one of the breaches with the Katarina behind and us onboard. Not something that you always get but a lovely momentous of the day, we could even pick ourselves out on the boat. The sail back to the harbour was also good with a few of the passengers taking the helm. Tony is very passionate about the whales and this shows in the time you have with him, he makes you very welcome aboard and takes care of you and the others while making sure those who felt sea sick were ok. Because the maximum is 12 on this trip you get a personnel experience of whale watching. Loved every minute.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This is the best holiday in all our personal trips to different countries. Megan, Malcolm and I were extremely fortunate to meet Tony Smith who is the owner of the boat. Together with his friend, Biggles, we learned so much about whales. Our close encounters with the whales were spectacular. Words just cannot express what we have experienced.
Thank you so much Tony, for giving us an extremely, memorable trip. It was fantastic and it’s the best trip for my family. This is really once in a life time moment. Like what Biggles said, we will not have similar encounter the next trip if we were to go for another whale venture. Our decision to go with your company for this cruise is the best decision. Thanks again. Felicia, Megan and Malcolm (13 June 2013)

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