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Sydney Whale Watching Cruise

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Fri, Sat & Sun: 18 May-03 Nov

    Wed & Thu: 27 May-4 Aug, 23 Sep–13 Oct

  • Duration

    Approx. 2.5 hours

  • Start time

    9:30am & 1:30pm

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 30 minutes prior to sailing to collect your boarding pass.

  • Meeting Point
    Make your way to Circular Quay Wharf 6
  • Ending Point

    Circular Quay Wharf 6

Key Highlights

  • See magnificent humpback whales at play in the ocean
  • Enjoy informative live commentary onboard
  • Over 95% whale sighting success: If you don't sight a whale, enjoy a second cruise for free!
  • See all kinds of whales including humpbacks, orcas, southern right whales and minke
  • Family friendly, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating over multiple viewing deck
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted!


Grab the opportunity to ‘sail with whales’ on this exhilarating ocean adventure from Sydney!

Board a purpose-built whale-watching catamaran and head out to sea. Spot dolphins, sometimes in their hundreds, seals, albatross and even a cheeky fairy penguin or two. Playful humpbacks are renowned for their spectacular acrobatic displays. Most dramatic is the ‘breach’ when these 40-ton animals actually leap out of the water.

Captain Cook Cruises Whale Watching tours operate on family-friendly catamarans, with indoor and outdoor seating over multi-levels. Passenger numbers are strictly limited to ensure everyone has great views of all the action while the onboard Marine Naturalist provides expert commentary and insights into the whale behaviour.

Sydney is a great place for whale watching. Every year, between late May and late November, thousands of humpback 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)

Your Whale Guarantee applies when a whale is not sighted during the cruise. In this case, passengers can cruise again in the same season for free on a standby basis confirmed 24-hours prior, subject to availability


  • Whale watching cruise
  • Expert commentator providing fun and educational insights into whale behaviour


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

Whale watching cruises may be subject to cancellation due to weather and other operational requirements. If your cruise is cancelled you may rebook another.

Boarding commences approximately 15 minutes prior to the sailing time.

Alcohol and smoking are not permitted on the cruise. Soft drinks and snacks are available for purchase on board.

This activity is suitable for adults (and older children) only. Little ones under the age of 5 years are not recommended on open water cruises.

Names of all passengers and their individual contact details are required. On arrival you will be asked to fill out a form.

What to Bring: 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. 

In case there is no whale sighting, passengers can cruise again in the same season for free on a standby basis confirmed 24-hours prior, subject to availability.

Customer Reviews

  • Evelyn J Elliot
    This was an excellent cruise. Not to be missed.

    We saw multiple pods of whales which was exciting. The number of people on board was just right. No pushing or shoving to sight the whales. Crew were very friendly and...

    Australia 06/12/2011
  • Jennifer Stutt
    worth the money

    Very reasonably priced. Enjoyed it, though whale sightings weren't quite what was expected....

    Canada 12/04/2010

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