Whale watching in Sydney: A guide to the top experiences, locations and deals
Find out exactly where you can see these incredible creatures up close and personal in Sydney.
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They're the biggest thing to grace the Earth, and lucky for us, we have a front row seat in our own backyard. So if you reside, or are just passing through Sydney, these are the whale watching experiences that will have you close enough to say hello.
Where can I book a whale watching experience in Sydney and surrounding areas?
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Our top picks: Whale watching experiences you can book now in Sydney
Whale watching on a speedboat from RedBalloon
Best for: Adrenaline junkies
Small-group luxury Sydney whale watching cruise from Viator
Best for: Small groups
Whale watching in Sydney: Compare experiences, locations and more
|Experience||Location||Duration||Extras/inclusions||Where to book|
|Whale Watching on a Speedboat||Manly||2 hours||RedBalloon|
|Small Group Luxury Sydney Whale Watching Cruise||The Rocks||4 hours||Viator|
|Go Whale Watching||Darling Harbour||2-3 hours||Groupon|
|Oz Whale Watching||Circular Quay||4 hours||Groupon|
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Frequently asked questions about whale watching in Sydney
Where can I do whale watching in Sydney?
All experiences head out onto Sydney Harbour but depart from Manly, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.
When is the whale watching season in Sydney?
For the highest chance of spotting a whale community off the coast of Sydney, you'll want to book between April and November. For warmer temperatures, book either at the beginning or end of the season.
Get the full scoop with our best time to visit Sydney for whale watching guide.
What do I wear while whale watching?
Since this experience takes place in the colder months, you'll want to dress warmly while onboard. Flat, enclosed shoes and a waterproof jacket are recommended.
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