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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise & Taronga Zoo Express

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Sat & Sun

  • Duration

    Taronga Zoo: Valid for 1 day (to be used on the same day)

    Whale-watching Cruise: Approx 2.5 hrs

  • Start time

    Whale Watching:10am to 1:15pm

    Taronga Zoo: 12:30pm to 4:30pm

  • Meeting Point

    Whale watching: Make your way to Circular Quay Wharf 6

    Taronga Zoo: Enter through the Lower Zoo Entrance which is a three-minute-walk from the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf

  • Ending Point

    After visiting the zoo, a return Captain Cook Cruises ferry ticket is included to return to Circular Quay.

Key Highlights

  • Visit Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and enjoy a thrilling whale watching cruise with this fabulous combo!
  • Enjoy a perfect introduction to Aussie wildlife with a visit to Taronga Zoo, on the shores of Sydney Harbour
  • See over 350 species of wildlife at the zoo, like kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats and echidnas & more
  • Enjoy a thrilling whale-watching cruise and spot Humpback & Southern Right Whales from your catamaran
  • The catamaran boasts spectacular open-air viewing, all weather lounge and informative live commentary on board
  • In case you don’t spot any whales, you can go on another cruise for FREE!
  • Return transfers from Taronga Zoo to Circular Quay included in the package
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!

Overview

Enjoy a whale-watching cruise and a visit to Sydney’s Taronga Zoo with this fantastic combo.

Whale Watching Cruise:

The cruise departs from Circular Quay at 10 am. Board a catamaran with two passenger decks and spacious outdoor and indoor views. Cruise through the entrance of Sydney Harbour while enjoying informative commentary and spotting Humpback & Southern Right Whales. In case you don’t spot a whale, you can take the cruise again - for free!

Sydney is a great place for whale watching. Every year, between late May and late November, thousands of humpbacks and other whales migrate along the Australian coastline to their feeding and breeding grounds. Whale watchers from Sydney are able to catch the whales on both the winter migration northwards (late May to August) and the spring migration southwards (September to November)

The majestic humpbacks are the most exciting whales to watch because they often leap right out of the water, a behavior known as ‘breaching’. The cruise ends at Circular Quay.

Taronga Zoo Admission:

Taronga Zoo is nestled on the shores of the world’s most stunning harbour. Taronga Zoo has the largest native and exotic collection in New South Wales. Highlights include the world-famous Free Flight Bird and Seal Show, and the chance to be photographed next to koalas and giraffes.

You can have your photographs taken at an additional cost, with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats, and echidna as well as over 200 animals in the "Creatures of the Wollemi" exhibit. 

Inclusions

  • Taronga Zoo entry
  • Return rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour
  • Easy entry through the Lower Zoo Entrance which is a three-minute-walk from the Taronga Zoo ferry wharf
  • Whale Watching Cruise 
  • Expert commentary

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Meals

Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

A timetable, in addition to all tickets, will be issued at check-in prior to boarding the morning Whale Watching cruise.

Both activities, whale cruise & Taronga Zoo must be taken on the same day.

As this is an open water cruise, names of all passengers and emergency contact details are a legal requirement. On arrival you will be asked to fill out a form that contains your full names, an emergency contact number and a contact number during your stay in Sydney.

Cruises are subject to cancellation due to weather and other operational requirements.

We have a 95%+ success rate. The Whale Guaranteed applies when a whale is not sighted during your cruise. Cruise again in the same season for free on Standby Basis confirmed 24 hours prior subject to availability.

Cruise operates subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.

If the Whale Watching Cruise is cancelled, the full tour is cancelled.

This is an open water cruise and you will experience sea motion. We recommend you eat lightly before and during the cruise. Travel sickness tablets are generally most effective if taken prior to the cruise. Please dress according to the weather - it will often feel colder at sea. Smoking is not permitted on board.

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