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Whale Watching Sydney

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Address: Darling Harbour | Cockle Bay Marina, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9583 1199
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Description: Whale watching Sydney offers daily cruises from Darling Harbour and...
Whale watching Sydney offers daily cruises from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay to watch Humpback whales. Whale watching Sydney (Bass & Flinders Cruises), have been operating since 1979 and whale watching since 1991. Award winning Australian certified eco-tours. Success rate is 98% and all cruises are guaranteed to see whales. Also, see other marine wildlife such as dolphins, albatross, seals and the beautiful coastline of Sydney. Check website for rates & specials.
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Excellent trip would recommend to everyone

This trip is brilliant and exciting the staff are friendly and the commentary is informative and on some occasions funny. I have been on this trip on a few occasions and have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This trip is brilliant and exciting the staff are friendly and the commentary is informative and on some occasions funny. I have been on this trip on a few occasions and have never been disappointed, even when the whales are proving a little elusive.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very well organised and great fun. Saw a few Wales and had good fun with the others on the boat. Think it was great that it was a small boat, so there is a 360 view, which you don't get on the big boats.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Staff were friendly and made sure we were all feeling ok as it was a bit rough out at sea. Good commentary about the land we can see, the whales and any other wildlife that showed up. Saw humpbacks breaching, rolling and waving it's fin. Wished we could have stayed longer watching the whales but we had to return.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

First of all this was the second return voucher trip that a friend of mine and I went on and most importantly no whales. The vessel left late about 35 minutes and returned to the Harbour early by about 15 minutes in both tours we went out on. The speed boat tour was better in that it got you out... More 

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jliebschner, Manager at Whale Watching Sydney, responded to this review

Hi Rachel, sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I understand you already spoke to us over the phone about this, but just to clarify a few points for everyone else who might be reading this: Our 3hr Discovery Cruise actually did not leave 35min late and came back right on its scheduled time. Yes, we have left our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Done the 2 hour Sydney cruises trip, long enough to see a few whales and get a good view of the harbour and opera house. Was well worth the 160 Dollars for 4 off Family ticket. A bit rough and a tad cold out beyond the harbour but Good view of whales and dolphins.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went on a 4 hours tour on a medium-size boat. There is a lower deck in case it gets too cold. Coffee or tea is provided. The interior of the boat is a little old. But that's not really a concern as we spent most of the time on the open deck. Anyway, I believe we were very lucky... More 

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went on a 2 hour tour on the small boat. Our skipper was very professional (I have been a whale watching guide as well so know what I am talking about). We were very lucky with 3 jumps! The boat was clean, in very good condition and comfortable. Once again our skipper made the trip comfortable on water. Whales... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Your experience is going to be based on both spotting a whale and how understanding you are of nature. Spotting a whale is obviously the best case scenario and it looks like most people have as did me and my partner when we did the tour in June. On that particular day we spotted two younger whales and were able... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Had an enjoyable trip out to see the whales. The boat was very comfortable and we were fortunate to have a sunny afternoon and calm sea. The staff were friendly and courteous and provided a continuous commentary. Saw three whales and the best part was watching a playful youngster rolling around on its back and waving huge fins in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Had a thrilling boat ride to find a pod of playful whales! The crew was great. The only downside was that the USB stick with photos was overpriced at $35.....

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