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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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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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Professional and fun!

The captain is very professional and kept our spirits up despite it was already end of the whale season. We were lucky to catch sight of the whale - credits to our experienced... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
Jurong, Singapore

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Whale watching season in Sydney starts in may, better june and finishes in October. It's a pity I got this info after I paid 97 AUD to spend two hours in a boat without seing anything. Whalewatching.com.au is nothing but a fraude, at least after october. Other companies stop doing this tour in october and they keep taking people around... More 

Thank xaver72
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Firstly we must say that we do not blame WWS for cancelling the tour, we accept it was at the end of the season which we knew at the time of booking. However, we were not informed the tour was cancelled so eent to their sales kiosk by the quay, we wete treated with total disrespect and when the agent... More 

Thank SJUngless
Jurong, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The captain is very professional and kept our spirits up despite it was already end of the whale season. We were lucky to catch sight of the whale - credits to our experienced captain! The adventure speed boat ride was also great fun!

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Missouri, USA
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38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

No whales. But we went at the very end of the season and we were warned. Crew are nice and the boat ride is pleasant. During high season this is probably fantastic.

Thank Knorc
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Waa-aauu-uuw ! By far one of the best experiences of MY LIFE !!!! The Capitan of the boat was so over-friendly and knew so much about whales. We got so lucky, the whale came 4 times under our boat, splashed in front of us and waved at us ! Thank you so much Jamey, THANK YOU !!

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George Town, Malaysia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Throughout the whole trip, we spent hours looking for whales and it was a very wavy day. Hence, our boat was constantly moving up and down. I have never experienced motion sickness but I was having nausea during that trip. Too much of motion due to the rough weather. Towards the end of the trip, we finally saw whales! (Mommy... More 

Thank Limlenna
Manchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

It turns out that we were at the very tail end of the whale watching season for Sydney, the great majority of the 20,000 whales having passed by already but no mention of this was made on the website when browsing or booking though it was explained once the boat set off. I guess this makes sense from a business... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

After reading other reviews thought we wont see any whales. WRONG, incredible trip saw loads of whales staff were great and knew best places to view highly recommended

1 Thank IntrepidMike
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

They had not seen any whales for over 5 days and although the season normaly ends at the end of November, they still took bookings even though they just decided they were going to stop running the excursion on the next day, 22nd of November because of no sightings. Should have mentioned that at the time of booking. I know... More 

Thank cardone s
Geelong, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We were warned it would be rough and cold but that didn't matter the ride was fantastic. Our guide was excellent at talking to us and was in no hurry to come back in but happy to stay out as we were seeing so many whales. It was money well spent.

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Staying in Darling Harbour

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Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.