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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
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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This was my second time & will do it again!! It was a beautiful winters day, but unfortunately the whales were not very playful - despite that, it was a lovely few hours out on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my second time & will do it again!! It was a beautiful winters day, but unfortunately the whales were not very playful - despite that, it was a lovely few hours out on Sydney Harbour, & we did see a few tails flapping.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We chose 2 hour express tour and had a lot of fun! Our Inflatable Boat was great. It accommodated about 20 people. There were small children and elderly on the boat.Huge waves were fantastic.We saw at least 8 whales-manly their backs and tails.It was absolutely fantastic to be so close to those massive sea creatures.Remember to wear warm clothes,don't forget... More 

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide Steve, told us from the off that the ride would be choppy, it would be cold and we would get wet. He was pulling no punches, it was gonna be rough so we might want to re-book. No one bottled out, we were steadfast and kept our seats. He wasn't wrong there was a swell, but he really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

From the moment you are greeted by the very friendly staff of this cruise u r in for an enjoyable day. There r non stop screening videos showing extensive relevant information about the whales. Though we were in a 1.7 metre swell at all times you felt safe. The commentary was very informative and we saw 2 whales at a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day out watching whales. We saw whales breaching and waving their fins and Moving through the water. We had an international visitor from the USA who loved the day, the scenery and the weather. What a beautiful coastland we have. Thanks for friendly staff who tried to get us as close to the whales as possible without breaking the... More 

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Cowes, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in Darling harbour Sydney for 3 nights, and used this company for every one of our four days in Sydney. They took us to the zoo, Manly, Circular quay, whale watching and more. All the crews are extremely friendly, especially Pete at the ticket office. We will be vack guys! Thanks x

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a really good time on the ocean! Our first trip got cancelled due to high sea, and we were offered a new, longer and more expensive trip the day after as compensation - a very nice gesture from the company! We spotted a lot of whales and got great value for our money. The crew was great, and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had planned this trip, watched the weather forecast and booked online, saving money. The trip was a 2.5 hours tour on a new boat, everything was very efficient and professional. The staff on board were knowledgable and enthusiastic. And the highlight, obviously were the whales! We observed an adult female whale with a baby whale for quite some time,... More 

Thank Pinneberg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my two boys on this cruise and we had a blast, staff were very friendly and informative. Our captain did a great job in finding whales and following them at a safe distance. We hadn't been in the open ocean long when we were treated to a magnificent show from a whale who was such a show off... More 

Thank MrsTess
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for our first whale watching experience and I must admit it was a memorable experience and we were lucky that we got to watch the whales for almost 1.5 hours out of the total 2.5 hours booked for.

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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.