About The Sydney Whale Watching Cruise:
The southern hemisphere humpback migration is a spectacle that everyone should have the pleasure of witnessing at least once in their lifetime. Why not book your own experience in time for the May-November season?
The Oz Whale Watching BBQ Buffet Cruise is the most comprehensive and exciting adventure of its kind in Sydney. After arriving at King Street Wharf you'll meet your skipper/guide and board a 21m catamaran for either lunch or breakfast on the placid waters of Sydney Harbour.
Afterwards, the crew will then take you on a journey to find the migrating pods of majestic humpbacks. While sailing out to the Sydney Heads expect unfettered views of the harbour area's most iconic landmarks.
- April to November.
- Live English commentary from the crew & qualified whale guide/biologist.
- Breakfast Cruise: Saturdays and Sundays at 08:00.
- Lunch Cruise: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun at 12:15.
- King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour (Pier 9).
- Approx. 4 hours.
- Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off.
- Alcoholic Drinks (Available To Purchase).
All whale watching boats are equipped with:
- Open-air and sheltered decks.
- Passenger toilets.
- Bar for additional drinks purchases.
The whale watching season can be split into two stages: the May-August stage, when the whales are on their northern ascent to the tropical waters off Queensland; and the mid-August to September stage, when the newborn calves and their mothers head back to Antarctica. Both parts of the season make for an incredible experience, but just bare in mind this difference when booking your cruise.
Regardless of when you book, each trip includes live sightseeing commentary from the crew throughout Sydney Harbour and beyond. There will also be a qualified whale guide and biologist onboard whose specialised knowledge means that your whale watching adventure will be as informative as it is exhilarating.
All cruises start with a sumptuous BBQ lunch or breakfast aboard the catamaran (vegetarian requirements can be catered for). Afterwards, it's full steam ahead to the Sydney Heads, where you're almost guaranteed to see the migrating whale pods.
Remember to bring a camera with plenty of space to capture the incredible acrobatic displays put on by the whales. As they migrate towards the Southern Ocean the mothers teach and play with their calves, instilling life skills necessary for the youngsters' own development and survival. Various manoeuvres you may witness include: peduncle throws, head slapping, pectoral fin slapping, tail slapping, fluke up dive, head lunge and the spectacular breach.
In the rare eventuality that you don't see any whales Oz Whale Watching offer visitors the chance to cruise again for free at any point within the next three whale watching seasons (essentially, a free pass within the next 3 years).