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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast provided by Oz Whale Watching

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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast
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Tour snapshot
See Sydney sights away from the crowds, on-board a whale-watching ship
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
96
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    96
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
See Sydney’s sights by sea on a half-day whale-watching cruise. Avoid long lines at major attractions, enjoy great Sydney Harbour views, and spot whales and dolphins with informative commentary. This cruise is good for people who want to spend some time on the water and see native marine life in the wild, and experience the city’s landmarks away from the crowds.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Whale sightings are guaranteed (or another cruise is arranged for free)
  • Enjoy a fresh cooked breakfast or lunch on the water
  • Learn about Sydney geography and Australian wildlife from your captain
What to expect
Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and meet your ship at King Street Wharf. Board the vessel and enjoy a fresh breakfast or lunch buffet (Tea and coffee are included and alcoholic beverages can be purchased). Sail through Sydney Harbour and snap photos of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Next, your boat cruises north past Manly Beach and Watsons Bay, as you enter the open waters of the Pacific Ocean where the whale watching begins. Thousands of humpback and southern right whales pass through this stretch of Australian coast every year, so whale sightings are guaranteed. In the occurrence that you don’t see one, you can book another cruise free of charge. It is common to see dolphins and other marine life on the cruise and your captain provides expert commentary on the wildlife you encounter The cruise ends back at the original departure point.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Whale sightings are guaranteed (or another cruise is arranged for free)
  • Enjoy a fresh cooked breakfast or lunch on the water
  • Learn about Sydney geography and Australian wildlife from your captain
What to expect
Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and meet your ship at King Street Wharf. Board the vessel and enjoy a fresh breakfast or lunch buffet (Tea and coffee are included and alcoholic beverages can be purchased). Sail through Sydney Harbour and snap photos of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Next, your boat cruises north past Manly Beach and Watsons Bay, as you enter the open waters of the Pacific Ocean where the whale watching begins. Thousands of humpback and southern right whales pass through this stretch of Australian coast every year, so whale sightings are guaranteed. In the occurrence that you don’t see one, you can book another cruise free of charge. It is common to see dolphins and other marine life on the cruise and your captain provides expert commentary on the wildlife you encounter The cruise ends back at the original departure point.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 5951OWW
Important information
Inclusions
  • BBQ buffet lunch or breakfast (depending on departure time selected)
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Live commentary on board
  • Humpback whale watching
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay, 7 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Wharf 1, Eastern Pontoon, Eastern side of Circular Quay The pontoon is located in front of Searock Grill Restaurant Please check in 15-30 minutes before departure time
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 96 travelers
Inclusions
  • BBQ buffet lunch or breakfast (depending on departure time selected)
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Live commentary on board
  • Humpback whale watching
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay, 7 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Wharf 1, Eastern Pontoon, Eastern side of Circular Quay The pontoon is located in front of Searock Grill Restaurant Please check in 15-30 minutes before departure time
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 96 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay
    7 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
    Wharf 1, Eastern Pontoon, Eastern side of Circular Quay The pontoon is located in front of Searock Grill Restaurant Please check in 15-30 minutes before departure time
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    Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Stop: 45 minutes
    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
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    Pass by
    Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
    Manly Beach
    Sydney Harbour
    Watsons Bay
    Oz Whale Watching
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
370 reviews
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Very good
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Terrible
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Margaret S
Sydney, Australia30 contributions
Oct 2020
I have just completed a 3rd whale watch, and each one was a totally different experience, and each equally enjoyable. I bought a Groupon voucher (about half the price of regularly advertised cruises) and booked via an on-line link. The booking process was straightforward, and a confirmation email with cruise vouchers arrived promptly afterwards.

On arrival at the point of departure, I reported into the check- in, and after having my temperature checked, was given a boarding pass ( pink paper wristband) which also indicated I had pre purchased a drink (cheaper than buying on board).

Boarding for the lunch cruise was on time at 12.15.

Biggles provided an extensive, and entertaining, commentary throughout the trip, beginning (after the safety demo) with the history of whaling around Sydney and the migrations of the humpback whales.

Lunch was basic, but sufficient... and served as soon as we left Circular Quay.

Shaun, the Pilot, worked well with Biggles to locate, and track, different pods of whales, throughout the cruise.

Sadly, the whales did not oblige us with a play date alongside the boat, but still provided sightings, as they traversed towards their destination....... the Antarctic waters or those up nearer the equator.

I learnt a lot, and had a thoroughly enjoyable cruise on each of the 3 afternoons.

All the staff were friendly. The whole experience from start to finish was a pleasure.

Cruising stops around the beginning of November, until next year, when the whales once again begin their migrations, north or south.

Well worth the money
Written October 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cameron M
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Get in early for lunch, it isn't running for long to reduce people filling their bellies and getting sick. The crew and captain are very knowledgeable and were able to find us some whales. We also got lots of great info about Sydney Harbour and surrounds on the trip. Make sure you have sea-sickness tablets. One of our four kids was a little queasy but keeping them active, moving and watching the ocean is the key. Lots of people spent money to feel sick and sit inside with their head on a table. Don't be one of them.
Written June 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gerard M
9 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Such an awesome experience. I was invited to replace someone a few days before and I’m really glad I went out on that day. Best experience and the crew were so friendly and the lunch was great and a drink it was so reasonably priced for a day out on the harbour let alone the show the whales 🐋 🐋 put on for us, we also saw two seals as we headed out.

Biggles was a great guide and explained what to expect and what to keep and eye out for and when returning gave us insights into history in Sydney.

With Covid we did have a lot of safety measures which just shows the crews commitment to our health and safety. Thank you it was a breathtaking experience I will be doing again.
Written August 15, 2020
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OZWW
Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave an awesome review! We are delighted that you had a great experience on board with us and that our crew were very friendly. It is great to hear you found our experience good value for money and that our guide Biggles gave you an informative experience. We are so happy you felt COVID safe on board with us and that you had an overall breathtaking experience. Stay safe and we will see you on board with us next time.
Written August 16, 2020
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Uncle M
Sydney, Australia30 contributions
Nov 2021
It was a great day but not so rewarding on seeing whales. It was end of season and I had stayed away due to Covid 19. The staff on board were great. The BBQ lunch on the harbour was great. The Jerry Bailey is a good vessel for off shore whale watching.
Even though we saw 0 whales, 0 dolphins, 0 seals the windy choppy weather provided us a great day off shore and plenty of action on the boat with people not comfortable with the choppy conditions singing funny whales songs into their sick bags. The on board staff were so good.
Written November 4, 2021
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Cora Z
Batemans Bay, Australia9 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
An absolute treat!! We had the most fab whale watching experience with the legendary Biggles and Sean and Nathan and all staff and crew.

The day was perfect. Luck was on our side, a rare experience of 1 in 200 chances to see 11 whales, 3 of them stayed with us for about an hour showing off their tail slaps!! Absolutely awesome to watch.

Ozwhale watching practiced safe/healthy checks before, during and after the cruise to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew. The BBQ lunch was buffet style, consists of healthy salad choices, noodles, grilled chicken, sausages, fresh bread. Tea and coffee were also served.

The boat had comfortable seating (not that we were sitting all the time). Everyone was standing outside enjoying the beautiful sun, sky and harbour while watching the natural whale show in their own habitat.

What a beautiful experience. Biggles is the man. He is a treasure trove of whale watching facts and personal encounters as well as a Wikipedia of Australian history. I heard that he descended from one of the first 10 couples from the First fleet, who were rubbing elbows with Captain Cook in 1778.

Highly recommended!!
Written July 3, 2020
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OZWW
Thank you so much for your lovely words. I agree Biggles is truly an entertainer and fountain of knowledge! Our team at Oz Whale Watching are so happy you had a great experience and look forward to having you back on board in the near future!
Written July 29, 2020
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Claireeebbb
Sydney, Australia37 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Beautiful day and fun cruise.

The skippers knowledge and commentary on not only the whales biology but also Sydney history in general also had some amazing dad jokes peppered in.

I’ve been on other ones where they encourage everyone to scream, yell and ‘woo’ which isn’t my thing so this one was much better.

They also do the right thing ethically by the whales, as such, the whales were much closer to our boat than the others that were deliberately trying to spook the whales into breaching etc.

Also well worth it if you have no interest in whales and are happy with a nice cruise and BBQ lunch with spectacular views of Sydney harbour.
Written June 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Libbi2017
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
May 2021
This is our third time on this cruise, we have seen lots of whales and learnt something new from the very knowledgeable guides every time. An amazing way to spend the afternoon, watching these enormous creatures who don’t seem bothered at all that we’re there., mainly because the crew show a lot of respect to the rules and know types of behaviour to look out for so they don’t over crowd or spook them. Yesterday’s host was entertaining and clearly passionate about what he does, we stayed with two whales who surfaced time and time again for about two hours, awesome! The food is simple but tasty and the crew all very pleasant. Thank you once again!
Written May 27, 2021
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OZWW
Dear Libbi, We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed yourself on this cruise and that this was your third cruise with us! We are very lucky to have such passionate staff working for us and we will be show to pass on these kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and we hope to see you on your fourth cruise soon! Kind regards, Sydney Princess Cruises / Oz Whale Watching
Written May 30, 2021
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Sheena D
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Sep 2020
Had a great time love the view of Sydney and going out the heads, it took a little journey to see a whale but it was worth it in the end, got to see a few whales and even one that put on a show for us very exciting. And for a extra bonus we got to see some dolphins as well. The crew are great and very friendly, the lunch is good, this was mine and my partner 2nd time on this cruise and I’m making a point to go on this cruise twice a year when in season. Would highly recommend this cruise to anyone wanting a trip out sea to search for whales.
Written September 8, 2020
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OZWW
Hi there, We are delighted to hear that you had a great time on board with us sailing out past the heads, to sight some amazing whales with the additional extra of dolphins. Even better to hear that you found our crew very friendly, and that this was your 2nd time on our cruise this season! So happy you have repeated this experience with Oz Whale Watching. We look forward to having you on board at the end of this season and next year!
Written September 10, 2020
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Lisa G
Kirrawee, Australia249 contributions
I found this company on Groupon as they were offering great deals for morning or lunch time whale watching tours. Went out for the afternoon lunch cruise. Very well organised and Covid safe. Once onboard settled in upstairs outside on the back of the boat. Safety demonstrations and the usual rules and we were off. Picked a fantastic day to go out as it was sunny and calm - even outside the heads. Had lunch on the way out of the harbour heading to the heads. Salad bread rolls and sausage and chicken. Bar on board selling usual drinks at not to bad prices. Once out of the heads we found whales and they stayed alongside the boat for almost 40 minutes. Knowledgeable staff telling us all about these gentle creatures. Amazing photo opportunities. Good group of people. Would highly recommend this operator.
Written June 6, 2021
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OZWW
Dear Lisa, We are delighted to hear you enjoyed yourself on this cruise and the conditions were so lovely! We are very lucky to have such passionate staff working We really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and can't wait to have you on another cruise soon. Kind regards, Sydney Princess Cruises / Oz Whale Watching
Written June 15, 2021
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Christine Milne
4 contributions
Aug 2020
Wonderful afternoon! A committed crew that were professional and knowledgeable, but also created a lovely relaxed atmosphere. We took a trip up North as there had been reports of a feeding event, and the host was excited as this only happens every few years. We didn't find it, but I was caught up with the host's genuine excitement at the prospect.
He extended the cruise to make up for the disppointment, and we were treated to 4 whales swimming alongside us and repeatedly displaying their surfacing, dives and tail flicks.
The food was great, lots of whales, plenty of room and ability to see them. So enjoyable, I'd definitely go again!
Written August 4, 2020
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OZWW
Hi Christine, We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful afternoon on board with us. Despite not seeing the feeding event, we are glad our crew made up for the disappointment and you sighted 4 whales swimming along side the vessel. We are also delighted you enjoyed the food and overall experience on board with Oz Whale Watching. Please stay safe and we hope to have you on board with us again!
Written August 6, 2020
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Victoriantraveller63
Victoriantraveller63
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Excellent harbour cruise
Congratulations to Clarissa, Jason and the Captain for providing an EXCELLENT cruise of Sydney Harbour. The 3 hour
Sue J
Sue J
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Unbelievable Afternoon
Such a fantastic day, not only did we have great weather but the entire day was perfect. Staff were so so friendly
T1983UXsaraho
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Highly recommend!
We did this for our Christmas party. Absolutely wonderful experience! Gorgeous boat, food and service.
E9244EScarolyns
E9244EScarolyns
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Perfect day !
With the unpredictability of Covid, we decided to celebrate our 25 year Anniversary in our own city. The Long Lunch
Vikmik92
Vikmik92
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Great Whale Watching experience in Sydney Harbour
I had a fantastic 4 hours Whale Watching Cruise on 29/10/2021, on board of Jerry Bailey ship. The whole process fro
dawnbU5365JH
dawnbU5365JH
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What a wonderful experience boat was great beautiful food and the Captain and staff magnificent.. wonderful commentary!!
Seeing the whales and the interesting things we learnt about Sydney. I have lived in Sydney all my life the Captain
E1454IKrichardn
E1454IKrichardn
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Nice experience
Wasn't expecting to see so many whales and splashes. Tour guide was very informative and educational too.
billsP6366LW
billsP6366LW
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Whale Watching
The commentary as usual was tops. However, the whales were even better as they swum alongside, as close as 50 metr
Hoyle23
Hoyle23
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So many Whales!!!
Incredible Sunday morning!!! Saw 11 Whales, tour guide was really fun and informative. Will definitely be going ba
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heathergZ9768PY
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Wonderful
Wonderful 4 hour lunch cruise today, very helpful informative crew. Well organised check in and boarding procedure
HeidiAustralia
HeidiAustralia
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Horrible
The boat was late to pick us up at the wharf, once on board we were not allowed to order a drink from the bar, not
selumakonimau
selumakonimau
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BEST PRIVATE CRUISE
I booked the Long lunch harbour cruise for my 10 years anniversary and I must say this was the best private cruise
114sn
114sn
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Once in a lifetime experience. Definitely recommended
Skipper patiently explained about the whales. Whole experience was awesome. And some mugshots with Humpbacks was th
AM502014
AM502014
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Great day watching whales
Had a fantastic day on the harbour and out of Sydney heads with biggles and the team at oz whale watching , they co
mandycN5333VG
mandycN5333VG
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Whale watching - Great experience.
Would recommend! Such a great experience, lovely lunch! Saw plenty of whales. Staff were friendly and informative
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