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Express Sydney Whale Watch Adventure

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(4.8)

26 reviews
  • Fun and informative 3-hr express whale watching tour
  • Learn about the biology, lifecycle and behaviour of whales
  • Bring a smile, a sense of adventure and an open mind!
  • Fun and friendly staff who will look after you!
  • Whale sightings guaranteed - or book a free return cruise
  • This tour is suitable for people of all ages
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Witness the magic of Whales up close on this express Sydney whale watching tour from Darling Harbour. For those short on time, this is the perfect opportunity to connect with nature and watch the whales migrate past Sydney. After a speedy boat ride through the magnificent Sydney Harbour, you’ll enter the Pacific Ocean in search of these majestic creatures in their natural environment.

Learn about the biology, lifecycle and behaviour of whales with commentary from the dedicated and passionate crew. With comfort, speed and safety all paramount, this whale watching vessel offer both 360-degree outdoor viewing areas and spacious indoor cabin seating to guarantee you the best views. The main whale species that you can expect to encounter are Humpback Whales and on occasion, Southern Rights, Minkes, Byrde’s, Blue and Orcas as well as dolphins and seals splashing about in the harbour.

Don’t miss out on the Sydney whale watching season, book this experience online here.

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  • The Express Whale Watch Adventure is fun, informative and a great opportunity to connect with nature. The owner/operators are passionate about whales and love sharing their experience with all onboard. Learn about the biology, lifecycle and behaviour of whales from the dedicated and passionate crew
  • The boat is a fast, modern and comfortable vessel, specifically designed for whale watching. She is 24 meters long, has lots of outdoor viewing areas but also a large indoor cabin with seating and toilets for your comfort and convenience
  • The majority of the whales migrating past are Humpback whales but you will also have the chance to see other whales like Southern Rights, Minkes, Bryde’s, Blue and Orcas and marine life like dolphins, sea turtles, Australian Fur Seals, a bounty of sea birds and more from the boat
  • Whilst all efforts will be made to ensure that your whale watching tour is an enjoyable one it is important to remember that these whales are wild animals. They do not perform on cue! A range of whale behaviours may be viewed including fluke up dives, tail slapping, pectoral fin slapping, spy hopping, breaching, tail throws
  • This tour is suitable for people of all ages, however, it is important to remember that this tour takes you out into the open ocean. We recommend that if you are affected by motion sickness you take sea sickness prevention tablets
  • Dress warmly and wear flat-soled shoes for comfort and safety
  • On this experience, children are considered 0-16years. This experience is not recommended for children under 1 year old. If you choose to bring your infant please purchase a child ticket for them

Inclusions

  • 3-hr Whale Watching Adventure
  • Pick up and drop off
  • Live and interesting whale commentary
  • Fun and friendly staff who will look after you!
  • Whale sightings guaranteed - or book a free return cruise
  • Tea and Coffee

Time

  • Please arrive 20 minutes prior to departure

Duration

  • Please allow 3 hours for this experience

Departure Location

  • Tour departs from King Street Wharf 6, Darling Harbour

What To Bring

  • Wear flat, covered shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Any food you may like whilst on the cruise

Cancellation Policy

  • Changes are not permitted within 48 hours of your experience
  • Change your booking up to 48 hours before the start time of your experience
  • Late arrivals or no shows will result in you forfeiting your experience
  • Rescheduling date and time is available up until 24 hours prior to departure

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking 
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience 
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction 
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control 
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher 
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements 
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Anjana Rai 7 months ago
I went to watch whale with my friends and it was a very good experience. I would love to come back again. The staff were friendly and were giving details about whales which was very informative. I had a wonderful time and would love to recommend to my others friends and family. 😊💝
Everyone who love to connect with nature will love the experience watching those lovely whales. I would want them to experience this adventure.

I went to watch whale with my friends and it was a very good experience. I would love to come back again. The staff were friendly and were giving details about whales which was very informative. I had a wonderful time and would love to recommend to my others friends and family. 😊💝

Anjana Rai 7 months ago
Seeing whales near the ship is the unforgettable experience

It is a must see and this tour made it an even more amazing experience for us. We saw the whales so close to our ship and it was amazing. There was no difference between this ship and others, probably more expensive ones, as all of us were in the same spot.

Shiva Talari 7 months ago
The most amazing experience with the Humpback Whales!

The crew were incredible. They were very knowledgeable and attentive, continuously asking us if we were ok throughout the trip. We had an amazing experience with the whales and the crew were very helpful and informative. It was honestly the best experience I have ever had with the Humpback Whales! Would highly recommend it and go again!

Elle Kaplicz 7 months ago
Such great hospitality from the staff, nice guidings about the sightseeing. They were always on top of everything.

The staff on board were really professional. Captain was awesome, even though he didn't have any magic wand with him to do magic, when it comes to watching whales, he was always on top and advised where the whales were sighted. Really safe even the waves were strong. Such an amazing experience with my family, they loved it especially coming from a land-locked country and being able to see the whale.

Madan Paudel 7 months ago
Not the best experience, needed a serious warning or trip postponement

The staff was friendly, however, this was not the best experience for us. Before the departure, the passengers were advised not to eat due to swells in the ocean. However, the swells became so severe that the boat was tossed about, and I, being pregnant, experienced continuous vomiting for the majority of the 3-hour journey. I was not alone in this; more than half of the passengers ended up vomiting. A serious warning about these conditions on the website or communicated on the day of departure was expected. Ideally, the trip could have been postponed to a different date, as no one pays for such a distressing and unpleasant experience.

Saji Hamidian 7 months ago
Really good experience, the guides knew a lot of information and we saw a lot of whales and dolphins!

Really good experience, the guides knew a lot of information and we saw a lot of whales and dolphins! The boat was respectful of the whales' space but allowed them to interact with us and they chose how close to come - lucky for us, they decided to come very close. I have recommended the trip to my friends!

Liv Shoemark 7 months ago
Wow what an amazing experience! Was one of the family's highlights of the year!

Was a great morning out with the family! The friendly boat crew was a family, plus a few photographers who all had excellent knowledge of the whales. Their service was impeccable, the boat was in great condition and everyone had an amazing time! Will definitely be coming back again. Thank you!

Jannie Nel 8 months ago
Had a great experience and the staff was fantastic.

Thanks to the crew for trying to chase the active whale group. Lucky to see them breaching multiple times. Plus, the customer service was exceptional. Had a very nice experience with the whales breaching and the excellent service. Thanks again to the team.

Chaw Su Thwe 8 months ago
You will see lots of whales! 100% an experience that I would recommend. The crew was extremely helpful and friendly.

The trip starts in Darling Harbour, you will see the Opera House and the Bay of Sydney. Then, you will be in the open ocean just near the coast of the northern suburbs. The guide will explain where are you in every moment. Then you will be next to the whales’ lane and you will see their tails. Such an amazing experience! Must see the whales if you come to Sydney in the middle of the whale season!!

Mario Roblas 8 months ago
Absolutely amazing experience!! Something I would love to do again.

The boat was not overcrowded so no one had the view of the back of someone’s head! Tour guides were great making sure we got the best views of the whales, we even got to see one breach! They kept everyone happy and even offered tea and coffee on the way back :)

Grace Sheldon 8 months ago
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