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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Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
Adrenaline
Adrenaline - Whale Watching in Sydney
5 years
No
Yes
Yes
RedBalloon
RedBalloon - Whale Watching in Sydney
5 years
$10
Yes
Yes
Klook
Klook - Whale Watching in Sydney
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Groupon
Groupon - Whale Watching in Sydney
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Viator
Viator - Whale Watching in Sydney
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Experience Oz
Experience Oz - Whale Watching in Sydney
1 year
No
Yes
Yes
Wotif
Wotif - Whale Watching in Sydney
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Trip.com
Trip.com - Whale Watching in Sydney
Depends on the individual experience
5%
Yes
Yes
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Our top picks: Whale watching experiences you can book now in Sydney

Whale watching on a speedboat

Whale watching on a speedboat from RedBalloon

Best for: Adrenaline junkies

    Highlights:
  • Enjoy a high-speed offshore boating adventure for $119
  • Take in unobstructed views of these majestic creatures
  • Reach speeds of up to 50 knots
  • Check out a close-up view of North Head as you depart from Sydney Harbour
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    Small-group luxury Sydney whale watching cruise

    Small-group luxury Sydney whale watching cruise from Viator

    Best for: Small groups

      Highlights:
    • Learn all about the migration of whales up close for $325
    • This intimate small-group tour has a maximum of 10 guests
    • Your luxury vessel has multiple outside viewing areas and a comfy indoor lounge area
    • Snack on a buffet lunch accompanied by unlimited drinks during the cruise
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      Whale watching in Sydney: Compare experiences, locations and more

      ExperienceLocationDurationExtras/inclusionsWhere to book
      Whale Watching on a SpeedboatManly2 hours
      • Jet boating
      • Waterproof jackets
      • Expert commentary
      RedBalloon
      Small Group Luxury Sydney Whale Watching CruiseThe Rocks4 hours
      • Personalised experience
      • BBQ lunch buffet
      • Unlimited drinks
      • Expert commentary
      Viator
      Go Whale WatchingDarling Harbour2-3 hours
      • Morning tea included
      • Guaranteed whale spotting
      • Expert commentary
      Groupon
      Oz Whale WatchingCircular Quay4 hours
      • Guaranteed whale sightings
      • Expert commentary
      • Buffet breakfast or BBQ lunchTea and coffee included
      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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