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Whale Watching Sydney

Darling Harbour | Cockle Bay Marina, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
+61 2 9583 1199
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Ranked #77 of 313 Activities in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Whale watching Sydney offers daily cruises from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay to watch Humpback whales. Whale watching Sydney (Bass & Flinders... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I took an impromptu trip and did the discovery cruise. The captain warned us that the sea was going to be rough, so passengers were well informed before deciding to stay. It was pretty rough, but it's a big boat and I think the smaller ones would've have had a worse time of it than we did. There were of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I booked a whale watching trip for a birthday present for my husbands signifcant birthday. There were 2 of us and our 2 children (age 16 and 21). The tour operators were incredibly friendly from booking to leaving the catamaran. The weather was sadly really poor as we left Circular Quay but were assured that it was clear out at... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Yesterday myself and my husband did the 2 hour afternoon adventure cruise with Captain Richie! It was a brilliant experience. We got out to the first location and saw three humpbacks. Then on the way back in, Cap. Richie got word that there was another two humpback whales in another location. This was when it became awesome . They came... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I had been debating whether I should go whalewatching as this is my first trip in Sydney and I probably won't be back to travel to Australia anytime soon. However, weather in the last 2 days had been cloudy and with morning showers. I heard whales would not come out in non sunny weather. Well, I took the chance as... More

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hawkes bay
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I totally agree with the below post - I think the marketing is terrible and they should explain the terms and conditions - if you are only there for a few days how can you go out again - perhaps they could even give a lifetime voucher meaning you can go for free even when you return to Sydney no... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We booked the afternoon Discovery trip which was 3 hours. The boat was about half full so lots of room. tea,coffee and water plus biscuits/apples were on offer throughout the trip.The staff were friendly , there was a running commentary giving information about the whales. The captain would stop the boat when in an area where whales had been sighted... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

100% guarantee of seeing whales - this is only if you can come back time and time again once your first trip fails. You will be given a 'free' return voucher, which will never be refunded (see below). The company will refund if the tour is cancelled due to poor weather (according to their T&C, first paragraph)- this will not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We had a fabulous whale watching trip with Skipper Tony Smith and his 40 footer yacht. Small boat meant not crowded on board (although I doubt you could fit 12 on the boat). We were fortunate enough to see a whale up close and very personal, next to the vessel, which was exhilarating in the extreme. Skipper was very knowledgeable... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you're going to do this one thing, do the tour with Sydney Eco Whale Watching. It's a 40-foot yacht, maximum 12 passengers, so you don't have to jostle for position on an oversized tour boat. Even if you don't see a whale, it's an exceptionally pleasant 4 hour boat trip. On 24 August, my wife and I were the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The weather was good and the animals showed up! Those were the right ingredients for a "whale" of a show. Make sure the weather is agreeable and hope for the best that the animals will show. When they do, you are in for a treat. You also get spectacular views of the Sydney Harbor and photo angles you would not... More

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