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Whale Watching Tours in Sydney

By Viator, October 2017

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From May to December, there are so many migrating humpback whales swimming along Sydney’s shores, you might even spot one from Sydney Harbour. Maximize your chances of seeing these majestic giants with these top tips on whale watching in Sydney. 

When to Go
Sydney’s whale-watching season typically runs from May into December, when thousands of whales migrate through the area. There are two distinct watching periods: from May to August, as the whales head north to breed, and from August to December, when they head south with their calves to feed in the Antarctic.

What You’ll See
The most commonly sighted whales are humpbacks—some 20,000 of them traverse Australia’s eastern coastline during their annual migration. You can also spot minke whales, orcas, pilot whales, and southern right whales, as well as common and bottlenose dolphins around Sydney, and if you’re visiting later in the season you might even see some whale calves swimming and playing alongside their mothers. 

How to Go
To maximize your chances of seeing whales, set sail on a Sydney whale-watching cruise and explore the open Pacific Ocean with the help of a naturalist guide. Tours by speedboat or cruise boat typically set out from Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay, or Darling Harbour; last between two and four hours; and sometimes include breakfast or lunch on board.

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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch or Breakfast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

Enjoy Sydney sightseeing, a BBQ lunch and whale watching on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.99
Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise, Sydney, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

See magnificent humpback and southern right whales at play on a Sydney whale-watching cruise. From Circular Quay this open-water cruise will take you through ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2-hours 45-minutes

From USD $52.11
Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat, Sydney, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat

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Board a speed boat for one of the most exciting and most personal whale-watching experiences in Sydney. You will blast out of Sydney Harbour and offshore into ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.97
Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, Sydney, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour

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Your Sydney whale-watching cruise takes in the sights of Sydney Harbour including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge before heading out in the open waters of ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $37.01
Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise, Sydney, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise

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Want to see whales in Sydney? Experience the majestic whales close up when a large number of Humpback and Southern Right Whales start their migration north ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.18

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