Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch

Overview

This popular Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch combines three of Sydney’s must-dos. Enjoy lunch on Sydney Harbour, see the key harbourside sights as you cruise along this world-famous waterway, and head out onto the open ocean to meet the giants of the deep on the ‘humpback highway’ that stretches up and down Australia’s east coast.

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DenHaagMummy1 (via TripAdvisor)

‘I can’t fault this trip. The lunch was delicious and we saw so many whales! They came so close to the boat that you could actually be splashed with the spray as they breached. The commentary was very informative and you can tell that the whole crew are out to work in cooperation with the whales and are very respectful of these amazing creatures.’

  • Duration:

    4 hours (approx.)

  • Runs:

    Daily (May-Nov)

  • Departs at:

    12.15pm

  • Departs from:

    Circular Quay

Featured guest review

'I can't fault this trip. The lunch was delicious and we saw so many whales! They came so close to the boat that you could actually be splashed with the spray as they breached. The commentary was very informative and you can tell that the whole crew are out to work in cooperation with the whales and are very respectful of these amazing creatures.'- DenHaagMummy1 (via TripAdvisor)

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  • Take in the highlights of magnificent Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Kirribilli House and many more
  • Tuck into a tasty BBQ buffet lunch on the water
  • Spot a variety of whale species in the open ocean
  • Enjoy the expert live on-board commentary on whale behaviour.
  • Sydney whale watching cruise
  • Live commentary
  • BBQ lunch, tea and coffee
  • Bar facilities (additional cost applies)
  • Guaranteed whale sighting or you get a free return cruise.

  • Kara S – Via TripAdvisor

    Bought this cruise for a birthday treat for something different. The crew and overall experience was fantastic, however the lunch and additional $25 for TWO buckets of prawns (optional purchase) wasn’t really worth the money. Maybe my expectations were too high for the price and the wording. BBQ lunch was ok, but nothing to rave about. On a positive the tour itself and crew were amazing, we saw quite a few whales and baby whales, the commentary was fantastic and the day out on the water was great.

  • DenHaagMummy1 – Via TripAdvisor

    I can't fault this trip. The lunch was delicious and we saw so many whales! They came so close to the boat that you could actually be splashed with the spray as they breached. The commentary was very informative and you can tell that the whole crew are out to work in cooperation with the whales and are very respectful of these amazing creatures. They did say if they felt any whale was appearing stressed by our presence that they would be leaving the site. I would definitely recommend taking a seasick tablet before the cruise. Many on our boat didn't and as a result of very choppy conditions, not only lost their delicious lunch, but failed to see any of the spectacular action and spent a very miserable and expensive four hours onboard. Definitely recommend this trip.

  • Sarahscsm – Via TripAdvisor

    This company cares for the comfort and safety of the whales as they approach them slowly and turn off their engines near them, so as not to frighten them away. One curious calf swam right up to the boat as a result. We saw a few pods of whales and were lucky to see quite a few breaches. The crew are very good at spotting the whales and gave a running commentary throughout. They take high quality photos of the whales and post them on Facebook for everyone free of charge. There was a wide selection of food at lunch. Other companies I have been whale watching with in Sydney don't seem as interested in the safety of the whales and will speed up to them as soon as they see them. This can make the whales anxious and they will swim away as a result. I have also found that other companies don't offer the same amount of commentary during the trip so would definitely recommend this company over others if you're interested in whale conservation.

  • Rebecca H – Via TripAdvisor

    We had a wonderful trip. The food was really tasty, the commentary was interesting and humorous, and the crew members were very courteous and helpful. The company really care for and respect these beautiful creatures. I recommend sea sickness tablets if you're not sure how good you are at sea.

  • Criprai – Via TripAdvisor

    We were made well aware before we even boarded that it was the end of the season and the likelihood of seeing a whale is slim to none, in which case we are more than welcome to re-book a date within the next three years. At first we saw a few pods of dolphins, but with a little patience we met a mother and her two month old calf. A few tail flicks later and the mother launches herself out of the ocean in spectacular fashion. Apparently this was because she was agitated by another tour boat, which was crashing around, much to the disapproval of our tour guide, but was incredible to see! All in all staff we extremely friendly, helpful and informative and a delicious lunch!

  • Reviews_by_rebecca – Via TripAdvisor

    We were told it was the end of the whale migratory system so it was unlikely we would see whales, but after searching for a while, the staff spotted some way off in the distance. We headed over and were rewarded with seeing a mother and calf. The knowledge of the staff was impressive and made the trip. They were also really careful and slow the whole time to cause the least disturbance to the whales as possible, unlike another tour group we saw. It was also a nice touch that they post the pictures of our experience on Facebook. The lunch was okay but would have liked to have seen a vegetarian option.

  • Tour Highlights
    • Take in the highlights of magnificent Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Kirribilli House and many more
    • Tuck into a tasty BBQ buffet lunch on the water
    • Spot a variety of whale species in the open ocean
    • Enjoy the expert live on-board commentary on whale behaviour.
  • What's Included
    • Sydney whale watching cruise
    • Live commentary
    • BBQ lunch, tea and coffee
    • Bar facilities (additional cost applies)
    • Guaranteed whale sighting or you get a free return cruise.
  • Guest Reviews

    • Kara S – Via TripAdvisor

      Bought this cruise for a birthday treat for something different. The crew and overall experience was fantastic, however the lunch and additional $25 for TWO buckets of prawns (optional purchase) wasn’t really worth the money. Maybe my expectations were too high for the price and the wording. BBQ lunch was ok, but nothing to rave about. On a positive the tour itself and crew were amazing, we saw quite a few whales and baby whales, the commentary was fantastic and the day out on the water was great.

    • DenHaagMummy1 – Via TripAdvisor

      I can't fault this trip. The lunch was delicious and we saw so many whales! They came so close to the boat that you could actually be splashed with the spray as they breached. The commentary was very informative and you can tell that the whole crew are out to work in cooperation with the whales and are very respectful of these amazing creatures. They did say if they felt any whale was appearing stressed by our presence that they would be leaving the site. I would definitely recommend taking a seasick tablet before the cruise. Many on our boat didn't and as a result of very choppy conditions, not only lost their delicious lunch, but failed to see any of the spectacular action and spent a very miserable and expensive four hours onboard. Definitely recommend this trip.

    • Sarahscsm – Via TripAdvisor

      This company cares for the comfort and safety of the whales as they approach them slowly and turn off their engines near them, so as not to frighten them away. One curious calf swam right up to the boat as a result. We saw a few pods of whales and were lucky to see quite a few breaches. The crew are very good at spotting the whales and gave a running commentary throughout. They take high quality photos of the whales and post them on Facebook for everyone free of charge. There was a wide selection of food at lunch. Other companies I have been whale watching with in Sydney don't seem as interested in the safety of the whales and will speed up to them as soon as they see them. This can make the whales anxious and they will swim away as a result. I have also found that other companies don't offer the same amount of commentary during the trip so would definitely recommend this company over others if you're interested in whale conservation.

    • Rebecca H – Via TripAdvisor

      We had a wonderful trip. The food was really tasty, the commentary was interesting and humorous, and the crew members were very courteous and helpful. The company really care for and respect these beautiful creatures. I recommend sea sickness tablets if you're not sure how good you are at sea.

    • Criprai – Via TripAdvisor

      We were made well aware before we even boarded that it was the end of the season and the likelihood of seeing a whale is slim to none, in which case we are more than welcome to re-book a date within the next three years. At first we saw a few pods of dolphins, but with a little patience we met a mother and her two month old calf. A few tail flicks later and the mother launches herself out of the ocean in spectacular fashion. Apparently this was because she was agitated by another tour boat, which was crashing around, much to the disapproval of our tour guide, but was incredible to see! All in all staff we extremely friendly, helpful and informative and a delicious lunch!

    • Reviews_by_rebecca – Via TripAdvisor

      We were told it was the end of the whale migratory system so it was unlikely we would see whales, but after searching for a while, the staff spotted some way off in the distance. We headed over and were rewarded with seeing a mother and calf. The knowledge of the staff was impressive and made the trip. They were also really careful and slow the whole time to cause the least disturbance to the whales as possible, unlike another tour group we saw. It was also a nice touch that they post the pictures of our experience on Facebook. The lunch was okay but would have liked to have seen a vegetarian option.

What You Can Expect

This popular Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch gets great reviews and it’s not hard to see why. Take in many of the most famous landmarks around Sydney Harbour as you tuck into a delicious BBQ buffet lunch (with drinks available for purchase), before heading out onto the open ocean to meet some of the species of whales that pass by the Harbour City on their annual migration. It’s an incredible way to spend an afternoon, and one that you’ll always remember!

You’ll board the spacious MV Jerry Bailey at Sydney’s Circular Quay. The vessel features indoor and outdoor seating, and an expansive upper deck. A buffet-style Aussie BBQ lunch of meats, salads, vegetables, bread, and tea and coffee is served as you cruise past the famous landmarks that line the edges of Sydney Harbour. Tick off the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, Kirribilli House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and many more.

After lunch, the cruise motors out through the heads and onto the open waters of the Pacific Ocean to search for the tell-tale signs that whales are in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for water spouts and spray, and even breaching whales that can suddenly appear from nowhere!

It’s quite likely that during the afternoon you’ll spot a variety of whale species, including acrobatic humpbacks and southern right whales, and, if you’re lucky, minkes, killer whales and sometimes even the huge blue whale. It’s all accompanied by informative live commentary and you’ll learn plenty of interesting facts about these majestic marine dwellers. Whales migrate up and down the east coast of Australia from May through to November. Depending on the time of the year, you may even be treated to the sight of mothers travelling with new-born calves.

This Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch is undoubtedly one of the Harbour City’s most memorable days out. The opportunity to take in the picturesque harbour and enjoy a close encounter with the mighty giants of the deep should not be missed.

Note: This cruise comes with the offer of a free return trip if you don’t see any whales. The offer is valid for three years from the date of your original cruise.

Cruise departure details

Wharf 1, Eastern Pontoon, Circular Quay
Departs at: 12.15pm (boarding from 12noon)
Disembarks at: 4.15pm

Please refer to your confirmation document for the most up-to-date departure details.

 

Important notes

  • Once your booking has been completed, an order confirmation will be sent automatically to your email address. You will also receive a booking confirmation and a voucher with operator contact information. Please print the voucher or have it available on your smart phone, and exchange it for a boarding pass at the ticket office prior to boarding.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your cruise departure time. Boarding may commence early.
  • Children must be accompanied on board by an adult passenger.
  • If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us in the notes section of your booking.
  • This cruise takes place on the open ocean and motion sickness is quite common. If you are unsure if you or any of your party will suffer from motion sickness, please consult a pharmacist or doctor for some readily available over-the-counter remedies.
  • This cruise operates in most weather conditions, but in the case of seriously inclement weather, the cruise may be delayed or rescheduled.
  • To purchase a gift certificate, please click here.
  • Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

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