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Enjoy a four-hour whale-watching cruise that begins with a barbecue lunch onboard the boat while in the calm waters of Sydney Harbour.  After lunch, your boat glides past Sydney Head into the Pacific Ocean in search of the humpback and southern right whales that migrate along this coast from May to November. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins as you learn about them from your naturalist guide, who provides fascinating commentary about Australian marine life during your tour.


  • Sydney Harbour sightseeing and whale-watching cruise
  • See top Sydney sights like the Opera House from the water
  • Watch for whales in the open water of the Pacific Ocean
  • Enjoy an onboard BBQ lunch and listen to live commentary
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or enjoy a return cruise for free
  • Smaller numbers ensure a more comfortable whale-watching experience

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What You Can Expect

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch

Sydney Harbour Island Swim and Snorkel Cruise

Make your own way to King Street Wharf to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat.

Get comfortable and enjoy a buffet barbecue lunch while gliding on the calm waters of Sydney Harbour. Take in landmark waterfront sights with great photo ops of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison. After lunch, your boat cruises past Sydney Heads, Manly Beach, Watsons Bay and The Gap as it leaves the harbor and enters the Pacific Ocean.

From May to November, as many as 15,000 humpback and southern right whales pass by this stretch of Australian coast during their migration between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef. Typical whale behaviors that you might witness include breaching (jumping) out of the water, hitting the water’s surface with their tails and spouting as they surface. Your naturalist guide provides informative commentary about whales, dolphins and other marine life that you might see during your whale-watching cruise.

While sightings are almost guaranteed, wildlife is unpredictable. If your naturalist guide does not find any whales during your trip, you can return for a complimentary whale-watching cruise on another day. 

Customer Reviews

Stephanie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing... Loved every second. Even towards the end of migration we managed to spot 3/4 different mammals. Steer clear if you suffer with sea sickness though.

Stella R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I highly recommend this trip, we had a guide called biggles who was fantastic and certainly knew where to go and see the whales, he was very knowledgeable. The barbecue lunch was very nice, a very well organised trip

Caroline W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

What a fantastic experience! The crew was professional, the food was good, and the weather was beautiful. Most importantly, the crew cares deeply about the whales. Our commentator was incredibly knowledgeable and, while they always worked to get us a good view, safety of the whales was of utmost importance. Thanks for a fantastic day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Nice tour - unfortunately the whales didn't cooperate, but that's life. I'd take it again anyway!

Penny L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very informative and the whales are magnificent


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Unbelievable tour. Our guide, Biggles, was extremely knowledgeable about whales and kept us informed the whole tour. We saw many whales and had an enjoyable lunch.

Alexander S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour, I took some great pictures of humpback whales, highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

These guys care about the whales, but still got plenty of whale viewing. Great day out!

Darryl M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

it was great, saw some whales enjoyed the day but cold and very choppy. thank goodness we took our travel calm as there were several very sick people but the crew were very attentive to them. I woul do this again, but in the spring.

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