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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 #73 of 306 Activities in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Haacht, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We booked a whale watching trip with including drinks on the boat. However, we ended up on a little speedboat with no service whatsoever. This boat was very small and made me extremely seasick. No one seemed to care about it. What made it even worse, is that we saw no whales at all, just one tail in the distance.... More

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

Dear Mr Smeets, We are very sorry that you had a bad experience, our records show that you booked for and payed the correct amount for the 10:30am Adventure cruise. If you wished to upgrade to the discovery trip we would have been very happy to accommodate you on the next 12:45 trip. We do care very much if people... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

For visitors of (Sydney) Australia, there is special opportunity to do whale watching because there are few places where whale watching cruises are arranged for such event. And in Sydney it is extraordinary affordable cruises. It is special adventure of Sydney in suitable weather.

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We took the Explorer ride, which was perfect for us since it was small enough to get closer to the whales, while being stable enough for us to sit down comfortably during the trip. I'd like to give my heartfelt thanks to the staff as well. Me and my friend had booked the trip for the 3rd, but got the... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

My third trip whale watching and within minutes of exiting Sydney Heads we saw two whales. Then we headed north west and found a playful pair. They 'mugged' us delighting everyone coming within metres of the boat for a considerable time. Complimentary apples and biscuits were a nice touch. They sell photos on a pen drive at a bargain price... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This was our second trip with Whale Watch Sydney and we have found them to be consistently good. We booked the adventure tour, which is on the larger boat. There is also an express option, which travels on the rib boat, but this was a little too scary for us! The boat is well equipped and having been previously, we... More

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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I went on the 2 hour speedboat trip. It took quite awhile to have our first sighting but well worth the wait. We found 3 whales swimming around and followed them for about 30 minutes. Just some advice to fellow travellers choosing this option - it gets cold out there and if you sit on either edge of the boat,... More

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