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Top Sydney Dolphin & Whale Watching

From May to December, there are so many migrating humpback whales swimming along Sydney’s shores, you might even spot one from Sydney Harbour. Maximize your chances of seeing these majestic giants with these top tips on whale watching in Sydney. 

When to Go
Sydney’s whale-watching season typically runs from May into December, when thousands of whales migrate through the area. There are two distinct watching periods: from May to August, as the whales head north to breed, and from August to December, when they head south with their calves to feed in the Antarctic.

What You’ll See
The most commonly sighted whales are humpbacks—some 20,000 of them traverse Australia’s eastern coastline during their annual migration. You can also spot minke whales, orcas, pilot whales, and southern right whales, as well as common and bottlenose dolphins around Sydney, and if you’re visiting later in the season you might even see some whale calves swimming and playing alongside their mothers. 

How to Go
To maximize your chances of seeing whales, set sail on a Sydney whale-watching cruise and explore the open Pacific Ocean with the help of a naturalist guide. Tours by speedboat or cruise boat typically set out from Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, or Darling Harbour; last between two and four hours; and sometimes include breakfast or lunch on board.
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Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed BoatOther Water Sports

Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat

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Experience a close encounter with humpback whales without having to leave the city on this thrilling 2-hour speedboat tour from Sydney. Hop on-board the city’s fastest commercial ship and blast off across Sydney Harbour, past iconic landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Leave the city behind and speed out into the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll have chance to spot majestic whales swimming and playing in their natural environment.
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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or BreakfastOther Water Sports

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

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Enjoy a whale-watching cruise that begins with a breakfast or barbecue lunch onboard the boat while in the calm waters of Sydney Harbour.  After breakfast or 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.
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Port Stephens Day Tour with Dolphin Watching, Sandboarding & Australian WildlifeDay Cruises

Port Stephens Day Tour with Dolphin Watching, Sandboarding & Australian Wildlife

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Enjoy a trip to Australia's North Coast, traveling to Port Stephens and the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes, on a full-day guided tour from Sydney. Check out the wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park, take a dolphin-watching cruise from Nelson Bay, experience 4-wheeling and sandboarding at the sand dunes, and soak up gorgeous scenery all along the route. Accompanied by a guide, enjoy views of kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, bottlenose dolphins, and other marine life for a memorable outdoors experience on Sydney's doorstep.
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Whales Under Sail Whale Watching SydneyOther Water Sports

Whales Under Sail Whale Watching Sydney

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Enjoy the unique eco-friendly experience of whale watching under sail (weather permitting). After a short transit to the entrance of Port Jackson your small group tour heads into the Tasman Sea to search for Humpback and other species of whales during their annual migration passed Sydney
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Sydney Whale-Watching CruiseOther Water Sports

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

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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.
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Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group CruiseOther Water Sports

Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise

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Enjoy an awe-inspiring experience of the natural world on this whale-watching cruise from Sydney. For several months every year, large numbers of humpback and southern right whales migrate along the Australian coastline, swimming close to Sydney as they make their way between Antarctica and their breeding grounds in Queensland. See the majestic creatures up close during a small-group cruise aboard a deluxe yacht that departs in the morning or afternoon to encounter whales in the Pacific Ocean just offshore from Sydney.
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Small-Group Luxury Sydney Whale Watching CruiseOther Water Sports

Small-Group Luxury Sydney Whale Watching Cruise

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Enjoy the comforts of a 4-hour luxury whale-watching cruise from Campbell's Cove in Sydney. Head across Sydney Harbour and past the Sydney Heads into the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean to look for humpback and southern right whales on their migration through the Southern Hemisphere. Your naturalist guide shares informative commentary about the whales throughout your tour. Enjoy an included barbecue lunch buffet served on board and accompanied by unlimited drinks. You’ll travel with a small group limited to 10 people, which provides a more personalized experience.
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Port Stephens Day Tour From Sydney Including 4WD, Sand-boarding and DolphinsDay Trips

Port Stephens Day Tour From Sydney Including 4WD, Sand-boarding and Dolphins

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Set sail in search of dolphins and explore the Stockton Bight sand dunes on this full-day tour of Port Stephens from Sydney. Enjoy a scenic coastal drive by 4WD, passing eucalyptus forests, dramatic sea cliffs and shimmering lagoons. Spend time exploring the beaches of Port Stephens, then visit the Australian Reptile Park and witness a special milking process of funnel spiders and snakes. Head to the towering Stockton Bight Sand Dunes for a thrilling sandboarding experience, and enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise where you can look out for bottlenose dolphins swimming and playing alongside your ship.
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Sydney Hop-on-Hop-off Cruise and Whale Watching CruiseOther Water Sports

Sydney Hop-on-Hop-off Cruise and Whale Watching Cruise

Get out on Sydney Harbour in two different ways with this tour package that combines a 2-day hop-on hop-off cruise pass and a whale-watching cruise. The hop-on hop-off cruise provides flexibility to visit up to 10 of the city's harbor precincts and can be used over two consecutive days. The whale-watching tour must be taken on the first day. Booking this combo tour gives you two popular tours at one convenient price and saves you the hassle of figuring out how to travel the harbor by boat.
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Sydney Harbour Whale Watching Sightseeing Tour via Helicopter and Sailing YachtDay Cruises

Sydney Harbour Whale Watching Sightseeing Tour via Helicopter and Sailing Yacht

Catch a glimpse of the wonders of the deep by boat and helicopter on this unforgettable full-day combo tour. First, soar over Botany Bay, Cape Banks and Palm Beach on a thrilling 45-minute helicopter flight and marvel over the ocean views as you spot Australian Southern Right and Humpback whales darting in and out of the water. After a delicious seafood lunch (own expense) in Darling Harbour, hop aboard a luxury yacht and get even closer to Sydney’s marine life on a private 4-hour cruise from Sydney Harbour.
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Intimate Sydney Dolphin and Whale Watching Sailing Tour from ManlyDay Cruises

Intimate Sydney Dolphin and Whale Watching Sailing Tour from Manly

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Spotting whales is the highlight of a winter trip to New South Wales so make the most of the opportunity by joining this whale-watching tour from Manly. In a small group of no more than 12, in the company of a marine mammal specialist, head out onto the water in search of humpback whales as they migrate north. Includes lunch.
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Ultimate Whale-Watching Cruise from Circular Quay or Darling HarbourOther Water Sports

Ultimate Whale-Watching Cruise from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour

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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.
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Sydney Whale Watching Cruise

Previous customers have suggested that our charters make a memorable experience and the captain ensures to see plenty of wildlife on every charter, not just whales! The boat is perfect for all weather conditions, with drop-down clears to protect from the rain and wind and sunroofs that can open up to embrace the beautiful winter sun. Not only will you be exploring the Sydney harbour and , but some cruises also venture past Sydney's breathtaking Northern Beaches such as Manly Beach (weather permitted). Licenced bar on board available too!
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