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Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat

Badge of ExcellenceThe Rocks, Australia
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From $84.08

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • 2-hour whale-watching tour from Sydney by speedboat
  • Zip across the waters on Sydney’s fastest commercial boat
  • Enjoy a close encounter with migrating whales in their natural environment
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Seasonal tour
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Wind/waterproof jackets
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 27 Circular Quay W, 27 Circular Quay W, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

    Campbells Cove Pontoon is located on the western side of Circular Quay. It is at the end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and in front of the Squires Landing pub, You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 24 hour cancellation/rescheduling policy applies
  • Passengers must be 12 years old
  • Passengers with back, neck, shoulder injuries or heart conditions, or those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are not permitted to ride on the boat
  • For directions to the departure location; type "Campbell's Cove Pontoon" into google.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
Operated by Ocean Extreme

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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Highly recommend - the speedboat with it's versatility can "go" anywhere swiftly and this flexibility makes it easier and quicker to get to the whales.
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Great experience
Julia_F, Jun 2022
Great experience, well worth going by speed boat. Made it easy to move to the whale sightings quickly.
Rivka_v, Jun 2022
Amazing! Loved the boat ride and we watched whales for a verry long time. The captain gave us interesting information.
Great experience
Sylvio_P, May 2022
High recommendation!! Amazing team and explanation! Great time, had quite a nice show, whales came pretty close to the boat
A Great Experience!
Carol H, Nov 2019
A very exhilarating way to see Sydney Harbor, the coastline cliffs, and dolphins. We were unfortunate not to see whales, but not for lack of trying. Also the boat zips around and we were able to get quite close to everything - I can only imagine how cool it would be to see whales from it! There is a guarantee to ride again if you don't see whales - unfortunately I don't live in Australia but you never know!
Exilerating experience
StephenPayne2015, Nov 2019
Fast and bumpy but great. We saw lots of whales many close to us and some leaping out of the water Great driver guide
We loved it!
LCross24, Oct 2019
This is an awesome way to see whales! We loved being on a smaller boat so that we could see the blows and tails and fun of the whales regardless of which side of the boat they popped up on. Blake is really knowledgeable and makes the speedboat part of it super fun too. He also took a lot of photos and emailed them to us free of charge later that day. This allowed us to really pay attention and be present with the whale watching experience while out on the water. I would do this again in a minute!
Brilliant Tour
Karen_M, Oct 2019
This tour was brilliant. The guide was punctual and helpful. The Rib was exhilarating but still felt safe. The scenery from the ocean was beautiful and The Whales were awesome. A nice extra touch was him emailing us more photos. Do this tour.
Highly recommend
Tim C, Sep 2019
I highly recommend this experience. Blake is great and very knowledgeable and experienced. Went out 2 days bc the 1st day we didn't see any whales. Blake offered to take us out again before we left Sydney at no charge. Can't say enough good things about this experience .
Excited and amazing experience!
Youna_L, Aug 2019
We saw several whales! And the riding was very excited! The captain tried his best to show us as many whales as possible.
Sydney Whale Watching
William_S, Aug 2019
Wonderful beautiful winter day - seas were calm. Saw many whales and even a few breaches. Highly recommend - the speedboat with it's versatility can "go" anywhere swiftly and this flexibility makes it easier and quicker to get to the whales. And it is so low to the water I could reach over and hit the water with my hand. Love this close experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
One of the best tours i ever had
WeiSum_W, Jul 2019
Amazing trip. Blake is very friendly. He explained patiently and prepared wind breaker for us Love the bumpy ride when we headed back to circular quay after whale watching. A wonderful experience. Five stars.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome experience
Graham_M, Jul 2019
The trip was awesome and great value for money. The guide was excellent and sent us some great photos later in the day. Would 100% recommend this trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Loved the trip, Blake was very...
Lydia W, Oct 2017
Loved the trip, Blake was very friendly and informative, we got to see a dolphin, some whales which was well worth seeing, on the way back we saw some new Zealand fur seals. If you get sea sick then take travel sickness tablets and sit in the middle of the boat for the back of the boat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Brilliant way to see the whales off...
Cluny_M, Oct 2017
Brilliant way to see the whales off Sydney. Our guide Blake was very informative and had a brilliant eye for spying the whales. Only took about 10 mins, when we did hit the open sea, to see some humpbacks. Also saw dolphins and brown seals. Fantastic to see these creatures in their natural habitat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Absolute wonderful experience...
Glen O, Sep 2017
Absolute wonderful experience, completely recommend. Driver was great, good knowledge. nothing to fault.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We saw many Wales, one group check...
joel r, Jul 2017
We saw many Wales, one group check us out from one side of the boat to the other, it was memorable the boat ride was fast and very scenic. The time does go by very quickly.
1 traveler found this review helpful
This was a great trip! Fun boat...
James S, Nov 2016
This was a great trip! Fun boat ride, amazing experience.Captain Blake provided information which was interesting and entertaining.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Guide was informative and friendly...
Sarah G, Nov 2015
Guide was informative and friendly, thoroughly enjoyed every minute and well worth the money
1 traveler found this review helpful
The tour was simply...
LauraMarie_P, Sep 2015
The tour was simply amazing! Our guide was extremely nice and since it was very windy that day, he also offered us to go on a day with less wind. The speedboat ride itself was fun too, but I would recommend to bring chewing gum if you get seasick easily. All in all: awesome tour, I would definitely do it again!
1 traveler found this review helpful


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