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  • Location:Sydney, Australia
  • Duration:2-hours 45-minutes

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

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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What You Can Expect

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

Sydney Harbour Whale Watching Cruise

Meet your catamaran at Circular Quay 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Saw a pod of a mother with 2 babies! Lots of scenery besides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent nice guys good boat at least 5 different whales including mother and calf

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Absolutely excellent experience. Highly recommended !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The cruise was filled with first-rate information. And the guides were attentive to finding whales to watch but stayed with them for a considerable time so that we could really experience seeing them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very enjoyable and good value for money

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great whale watching, the boat very near and manage to capture the biggest creature in the sea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great trip!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Awesome! The ride out was a little rough but we saw whales the whole time once we left the harbor!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time,the crew were very good and very informative,the information they gave us in relation to the migration of the whales made the journey very exciting and interesting.We saw a lot of whales,large and small and one of them put on a great show for us.I highly recommend this tour to everyone who is interested in seeing the whales.Thank you Captain Cook Tours and Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent trip. Definitely recommend it. Knowledgeable staff and whale sightings made this trip great.

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