Each year thousands of Humpback Whales migrate along the East coast of Australia. Witnessing their amazing size and majesty up close should be on everyone's must-do list!
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Whale watching season in Sydney is incredible, and it’s something you need to see for yourself. On this whale watching cruise you’ll spend around two hours and 45 minutes out on the water, enjoying an unbeatable view of Sydney’s iconic landmarks and the migrating humpback whales.
Setting out from Darling Harbour, you’ll cruise past Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Kirribilli House, Fort Denison, Bradley’s Head, colourful sailing boats and Point Piper waterfront mansions. Then out past Sydney Heads it’s time to start looking out for whales!
Each year thousands of humpback whales migrate along the east coast of Australia, and with the help of land-based spotters your cruise will hopefully have an up close whale show in no time. Most of the migrating whales are humpbacks, but you might also see other whale species like southern rights, minkes, Bryde’s blue and orcas, as well as marine life like Australian fur seals, dolphins, sea turtles and more.
On board the custom-built 16 metre, eco-friendly catamaran you’ll have three 360 degree viewing decks for amazing views and photos of the whales. There’s also indoor lounge cabin seating, outdoor seating, and a wrap around lower deck that lets you get close to the water (and the whales!). The skippers are full of insight about the whales and migration season, so you can learn and ask questions as you go.
Seeing humpback whales in their natural habitat is an incredible experience, and some of the behaviours you might observe include fluke up dives, tail slapping, pectoral fin slapping, spy hopping, breaching, and tail throws. Of course, these are wild animals who do not perform on cue, and the whale watching cruise is committed to minimising the disturbance to the whales. But in the event that no whales are spotted, you can come back for free within the same season!
The staff had lots of knowledge about the whales which I loved. We were close enough to see but not bother the whales, which I also appreciated. I had a lovely time and will likely go out again to see the whales :) Thanks!
Highly recommend whale watching. The staff were excellent- very aware of hygiene issues and full of useful information. I live in Sydney and can’t believe I’ve never done this before!
Great trip, lot’s of Humpbacks plus we had dolphins next and in front of the boat too. Boat wasn’t crowded, lovely crew on board and the humps got treated with great respect. Totally recommended!
Knowledgeable crew, nice mix of chatter and quiet on the mic
We had a wonderful time. The boat was great and the staff were professional and helpful.
The team were very respectful and knowledgable about whales - I liked that they had a good sense of where to stop the boat in relation to them so as not to crowd them, like some of the smaller recreational boats did.
The crew were fabulous and always checking that we were okay and very informative. We all loved the experience. Would do it again at a drop of a hat.
My husband and I are in our seventies, we love whales, have done this type of trip overseas. I must say yesterday we were much closer the the whales, it was fantastic, saw one breach near us, an amazing sight. Our crew were very knowledgeable and very caring about everyone’s comfort on board, would highly recommend this adventure, thanks for a great afternoon
Thanks for the great day.
Darling Harbour (Sydney)