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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

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Sydney, Australia

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

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.
  • Sydney Harbour sightseeing and whale-watching cruise
  • See top Sydney sights like the Opera House from the water
  • Watch for whales in the open water of the Pacific Ocean
  • Enjoy an onboard breakfast or BBQ lunch and listen to live commentary
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or enjoy a return cruise for free
  • Smaller numbers ensure a more comfortable whale-watching experience
BBQ buffet lunch or breakfast (depending on departure time selected)
Tea and Coffee
Live commentary on board
Humpback whale watching
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay, 7 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to King Street Wharf to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat.

Get comfortable and enjoy a buffet breakfast or barbecue lunch while gliding on the calm waters of Sydney Harbour. Take in landmark waterfront sights with great photo ops of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Fort Denison. After breakfast or lunch, your boat cruises past Sydney Heads, Manly Beach, Watsons Bay, and The Gap as it leaves the harbor and enters the Pacific Ocean.

From May to November, as many as 15,000 humpbacks and southern right whales pass by this stretch of Australian coast during their migration between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef. Typical whale behaviors that you might witness include breaching (jumping) out of the water, hitting the water’s surface with their tails and spouting as they surface. Your naturalist guide provides informative commentary about whales, dolphins and other marine life that you might see during your whale-watching cruise.

While sightings are almost guaranteed, wildlife is unpredictable. If your naturalist guide does not find any whales during your trip, you can return for a complimentary whale-watching cruise on another day.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Once on board you will enjoy a scenic harbour cruise while enjoying a delicious meal. During this time you will take in all the iconic sites of Sydney
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
As you enjoy your lunch you will take in such sights the Botanic Gardens before heading out to the Whale Watching.
Pass By:  
Manly Beach
As you enjoy your lunch you will take in such sights Manly Beach before heading out to the Whale Watching.
Pass By:  
Sydney Harbour
As you enjoy your lunch you will take in all the sites of Sydney Harbour before heading out to the Whale Watching.
Pass By:  
Watsons Bay
As you enjoy your lunch you will take in such sights the the famous Watsons Bay before heading out to the Whale Watching.
Pass By:  
Oz Whale Watching
Oz Whale Watching 4 hour Cruise.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking- Vegetarian dietary requirments only can be catered for
  • Seasonal product available from May to November
  • Please dress appropriately with comfortable shoes and warm clothing depending on the time of the year
  • Please bring a camera and sun protection
  • If you require motion sickness tablets please visit a pharmacy or seek advice prior to your cruise departure
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 96 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Oz Whale Watching

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 96 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Now pay attention if you get sick in the sea because the tour happens on the high seas." See review
  • "Waters were rough, plan on taking seasickness medication before you are on the water or you will feed your breakfast to the whales." See review
  • "They suggest seasickness pills when you check in and that's a great suggestion, because it does get bumpy out there." See review

Reviews

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402 Reviews
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star-5
Great tour with an excellent crew
Chris_J
, Aug 2020
This was an excellent trip. The crew are friendly and knowledgeable, and the vessel is relatively small so viewing the whales was easier than on bigger, more crowded boats. The lunch provided was simple and flavoursome. We had plenty of time “on station” once we left the harbour to see several dolphins and humpback whales up close. Thumbs up all round - I’d definitely join this team again for future whale-watching trips.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Morning Chris, I hope you are well. We are so happy to hear that you found our crew friendly and knowledgeable. It is great to hear you would give us a thumbs up all round and that you would come back on board with us and our team for future whale watching trips. Stay safe for now and we look forward to seeing you on board with us again in the near future!
star-4
Whale of a time
RitaMJ59
, Oct 2019
This tour is quite good, as long as you're able to see the whales, which we did. We saw humpback whales frolicking, which was great. They suggest seasickness pills when you check in and that's a great suggestion, because it does get bumpy out there. The only downside was the meal provided. It wasn't very good at all.
star-3
Whale watching
julian2010751
, Oct 2019
All fine but limited number of whales to see. Food and boat all fine. Staff all pleasant and helpful.
star-4
Great whale sighting!
earthom2100
, Aug 2019
Fabulous whale sightings! Boat needs chairs and tables afixed to boat deck. The water was rough and chairs and tables were not safe.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi there, Thank you for the review. Your comment about the tables and chairs have been noted and passed onto the boat maintenance staff. Glad to hear you had a fantastic sighting. Hope to have you on board with us again soon.
star-5
Fantastic day out, bring your seasickness medication!
Alison C
, Aug 2019
Beautiful day with many whales--we were lucky. Waters were rough--plan on taking seasickness medication before you are on the water or you will feed your breakfast to the whales.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Hi Alison, Great to hear you had a fantastic day! We strongly recommend the use of sick sickness medication in all of our confirmation and correspondence regardless of the conditions. For the best results we recommend the medicated / over the counter brands and to take then an hour to half an hour before your cruise. Thank you for your review and we hope to see you again soon!
star-5
Fun
Venture51123404165
, Jul 2019
It was exciting and fun Breakfast was okay Guide was very informative and interesting We did get to see whales
star-1
Very Disappointing Experience
Sunshine17128047336
, May 2019
WE FEEL CHEATED. Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise was the MOST DISAPPOINTING EXPERIENCE for our whole trip. We have been to other different wildlife sighting events, and we understand that this is a watching of wildlife and there is no guarantee, But the SAD fact is We were told that this is a off season and chance of catching the whales will be low, AFTER we Board the Ship. Why didn't they make known this fact to people, right from the beginning so people can make a more sound decision if they still want to go ahead despite the low chance or come back during the high season. And the breakfast was pathetic, instant coffee, with a sunny side up, a small hard bun and they provide beef sausages (maybe chicken would have been more suitable, as some people don't take beef or some don't take pork).
star-5
I'd recommend it!!
poboxwendi1
, Jul 2018
The guide was very knowledgeable about Whales, and their behaviors. and he seemed passionate about the animals. The whole experience very enjoyable for all of us
star-5
perfect lunch service on board, whales...
rocio anabel M
, Oct 2017
perfect lunch service on board, whales did the rest
star-5
perfect! service and lunch cruise was...
rocio anabel M
, Oct 2017
perfect! service and lunch cruise was nice and whales did the rest.

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