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Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

4.2 / 5

61 reviews

Activity provider: Sydney Princess Cruises

Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch

Activity provider: Sydney Princess Cruises
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From US$ 64.82 per person

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All aboard as we set sail out through Sydney Heads to find pods of breathtaking humpback whales as they journey on their northern and southern migrations. Enjoy this tour with fascinating commentary and a breakfast or lunch option!

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Optional audio guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the exhilarating sight of whales breaching the water
  • Learn interesting facts about whales and their habitat
  • Enjoy either a hot breakfast or BBQ lunch, depending on which option you choose, as you cruise down the harbour on your way to see the whales
Full description
Make your way to Circular Quay to board your whale-watching vessel. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, allowing for ample elbow room in the cabin and on the outside decks of your boat. You have the choice of two options on this cruise which will allow you to enjoy the whales with ultimate comfort and a delicious meal! Every day the cruise with lunch is available and on the weekends whales with brekky is an option! Seeing these giant mammals of the sea has the ability to change your whole view on life. The gracefulness, the peacefulness, the playfulness, the curiosity, the showmanship and the awesome power of a humpback whale is something everyone should witness in their lifetime. Whale watching is an exhilarating adventure - seeing these incredible creatures frolicking and swimming in the ocean is an awe-inspiring treat that you will remember forever! Breaching, tail slaps, spy hopping, fluke dives and peduncle throws are all some of the great moves you may see from the whales on their migrations. The whale population is increasing each year and and this year there are 30,000+ whales expected to migrate past Sydney. Whale watching season runs from May to November. From May to August, the whales are on their Northern migration to Tropical North Queensland and then from mid August to November, they're on their southern migration back to the Antarctic along with their new born calves - the little calves are just gorgeous!
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Amazing commentary
  • Plenty of space on board
  • Lunch or breakfast (depending on option chosen)
  • Hotel pick-up
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Cruises depart from Eastern Pontoon, on the Eastern side of Circular Quay on the promenade walkway.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that every trip is different and whale sightings cannot be guaranteed, as these are wild animals in their natural habitat
  • Please note any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions - if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please dress appropriately with comfortable shoes and warm clothing depending on the weather
  • Please bring a camera, sun protection and motion sickness tablets if required
  • Sample menu for lunch option:
  • BBQ (gluten free)
  • Princess chicken fillet, marinated in special spice mix
  • Traditional Aussie beef sausage with bush tomato and onion gravy
  • Chef's Galley (gluten free)
  • Vietnamese rice noodles with cucumber, basil, baby carrot and nahm jim dressing
  • Skippers Choice hot potato dish of the day (vegetarian)
  • Salad
  • Captain's fresh coleslaw
  • Wild rocket, balsamic glaze, fresh Aussie pears and shaved Parmesan
  • Fresh bread
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 61 reviews

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Pleasant surprise to know that a marine scientist was part of the crew! We managed to catch 3 whales up close, dolphins that rode the waves with our boat, and very excellent commentary on the marine mammals. To top it off, we were also guided on the harbour's sights and stories behind landmarks. Glad I got on this tour on my birthday and the whale sightings were a gift from nature

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September 11, 2022

Great opportunity to see whales. Food was okay and they close up buffet quickly to keep people from getting sea sick but that part felt rushed and not as much worth the money. You are paying to see whales and the crew were knowledgeable and made sure to move the boat to wherever there were indications that a group of whales may be present.

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August 11, 2022

I went with my wife and 4 kids (ages 3-12) and we had a great day. The food was great but you had to get in early before they shut service. The whale spotter/guide and captain were clearly experienced, giving lots of detail and finding us some humpbacks during the afternoon. There was lots of info about Sydney and its surrounds during the trips through the harbour too.

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June 14, 2021

Product ID: 158981