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Whale Watching Sydney

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Darling Harbour
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Address: Darling Harbour | Cockle Bay Marina, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9583 1199
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

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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First whale watching experience. it was a short wait and we are lucky to see an active calf that jumping out of the water. the boat is well controlled.

Reviewed 25 November 2016
Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

First whale watching experience. it was a short wait and we are lucky to see an active calf that jumping out of the water. the boat is well controlled.

Thank WZShuy
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Never have I ever been treated so badly as with this scam company - we went on a tour the 19th of november and didn't see anything at all.. It was storming and the crew told us from the beginning that the weather was really against them and the chance of seeing whales was almost zero.. Wehew.. After this dissapointment... More 

3 Thank Helene H
Jonas L, Manager at Whale Watching Sydney, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you didn't have the experience you were hoping for. Before we set off on a whale watching cruise we always inform passengers about the conditions and give them the chance to reschedule for another, more suitable day if they like. It sure wasn't the nicest day on the 19th, but certainly not worth cancelling as we have... More 

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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I was a bit worried because we were very late in the season to go whale watching. But our guides knew where to look. And we came upon two humpbacks, a momma and baby. We followed them for quite a bit. The young one breached often, and momma even breached s fee timed. They were beautiful. We had a great... More 

Thank Dinah Y
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Awesome trip ! Saw a mother and her calf leaping out of the water and the mother rolled on her back and was flapping her fins - looking totally chilled out. Doug was fantastic.

Thank Ferdi61
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

A Professional company and couldn't fault the service. The skipper waited for a couple of late boarding passengers and made a detour to another wharf to pick up other passengers who got lost. The sea was a little choppy with big swells but this only added to the experience for me. The skipper knew his stuff and kept the boat... More 

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

We went saturday on the whale watching tour in the afternoon and we saw so many whales! Jumping out of the wather, it was unbelievable. After the tour we get the service to go to darling harbour instead of Manly. It was a great day with lovely people!

Thank Arja S
Hyattsville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

While we had a nice cruise through Sydney Harbor and on the open ocean, we didn't see any whales on our trip. We received a voucher for a return visit in the 2016 season (all 3 weeks that's left), but the voucher is non-transferable despite the lady at the kiosk on the wharf saying it would be "fine" to transfer... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

I've wanted to do this for years and finally decided to do it on my recent trip to Sydney. Took the 2.5 hour cruise from Circular Quay and had a great time. A spotter on shore had texted the captain a location and in a very few minutes we were along side a pod of 7-10 humpbacks. We watched them... More 

Thank Jess W
Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 5 November 2016

It was a great trip. We watched whales breaching all around. The crew were very good. I hope to go again with them.

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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

It was an awesome trip. Despite 2M swells the boat was stable and the captain was ready with a wealth of info. We spent much of our time following a momma and her calf. I highly recommend this company for whale watching in Sydney.

2 Thank Karen M

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