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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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Amazing Day Watching Whales

How exciting it was to be so close and personal to the whales. The crew did an amazing job preparing us before going out to sea and were diligent in finding location to view the... 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 via mobile

How exciting it was to be so close and personal to the whales. The crew did an amazing job preparing us before going out to sea and were diligent in finding location to view the gorgeous mammals. Thank you Jeff!

Thank Escape6036
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very friendly crew, a good big boat and lots of whales!! We wanted to see whales and we did, the captain was very knowledgeable about the whales and where to find them, their habits etc. Lots of families aboard, a clean comfortable boat.

Thank angie b
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Signed up for 2.5 hours and set off timely at circular quay. The staffs were friendly and the guide manage our expectation really well. After waiting patiently for about 1 hour or so, we spotted several whales gasping for breath from afar. The captain then sailed towards them and we manage to track their swim pattern very quickly. We were... More 

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Rayong, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a visit back to my hometown of Sydney I was incredibly lucky to be on a ferry from Manly to Sydney's Circular Quay, when a mother humpback whale and her calf surfaced just 100 meters from us in Sydney Harbour's North Harbour. It is a wonder the ferry didn't capsize as all the passengers rushed starboard to watch the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only had a few days in Sydney on our round the world trip with out 5 kids and did not realise until we got here that whale watching was an option. As we had already done a lot of snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef no-one except me was desperate to get in another boat. However I twisted their... More 

Thank Jo B
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn't recommend this highly enough - if you're in Sydney during whale watching season, this is a must! It was a bit of a slow start on the whale spotting front, but once we saw one we saw many. Seeing a whale breaching was just incredible, and we got to see it 3 times! I know it's never guaranteed on... More 

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

My Nephew from London and I booked the Whale watching experience and we are so pleased we did. A great company, very professional, the staff were the best. Very knowledgable. To top all this we had the most amazing experience watching these amazing mammals. We were very lucky! I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Please use Whale Watching Sydney.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were promised whales or our money back - we got so much more! From the flawless booking process online, to the incredibly warm welcome and expert planning, this was outstanding. The staff are clearly knowledgable and know how and where to find whales. The first sighting was within 5 minutes of reaching open water, after a wonderful trip through... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the 3hr discovery cruise and wow were we in for a treat. We saw whales and dolphins, the whales were breaching and coming very close to the boat. The staff were all friendly and did a great job of finding the whales quickly meaning we spent the majority of the 3 hours watching them. The trip in... More 

Thank Izzy-Matt
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went with a friend on the 2.5hr Explorer cruise on a weekday morning. A short ride out between the heads, and we encountered whales. We followed a couple of whales for a while, and another joined us. They came up really close to the boat, with one even surfacing in front of the boat!. Unfortunately we didn't see any... More 

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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.