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Whale Watching Sydney

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Loved it!

Well...I loved the trip I was able to do with them...the first cruise I booked was cancelled due to... read more

Reviewed today
Manoel G
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Great time and value

We took the zoo and whale watching package and would recommend it to anyone. The zoo was really... read more

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Samia H
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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...more
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Darling Harbour | Cockle Bay Marina, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed today via mobile

Well...I loved the trip I was able to do with them...the first cruise I booked was cancelled due to the sea...so they upgraded me to a bigger boat and even if the sea was wild and even if we didn’t saw that many whales...their not...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the zoo and whale watching package and would recommend it to anyone. The zoo was really fun and we had seen enough by the time we needed to head to the dock for the whale watching. Whenever we are in an area that...More

Thank Samia H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Before we boarded we were all warned about the conditions at sea & that there was an average wave height of approximately 3-4 meters! We were given the option that we could cancel and go another time, however for us this was our only opportunity....More

Thank Barders745
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took the two hour explorer cruise. The boat is much smaller than many available but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment for us. We were lucky enough to have multiple close viewings of a small group of whales - not just a blur in...More

Thank wendycK5279ZE
Reviewed 3 days ago

6 of us were visiting Australia from the UK and having embarked on whale watching tours with my partner in Mexico, I urged the group that we were with that should do this. Now, there is a very key message to this review that all...More

Thank Gstone2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

After more than 1 hour trip from wharf of Sydney, we got a spectacular view... many whales were enjoying dancing just in front of us! So amazing. Our children were really excited and they got an excellent souvenir of Sydney.

Thank Safari564027
Reviewed 1 week ago

From start to finish this was a fantastic experience. Making a reservation was easy. Checking in at the pier on the day of the tour was smooth. The boat is comfortable and offers a unique, very close view of the water and wild life (as...More

Thank tmmw2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the three hour discovery cruise (afternoon, from circular quay) a few weeks ago. It was a fantastic experience. I think we were particularly lucky, as a pod of three curious humpback whales came very close to the boat and gave a great display!...More

Thank MrsFuzzyBear
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A number of us on today’s trip were very disappointed that the itinerary was changed without notice and that the cruise did not return to circular quay on time. This affected the onward travel plans for quite a few guests and should have been communicated...More

Thank Paul P
Jonas L, Crew Member at Whale Watching Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Of course we try not to disappoint any of our passengers, but this situation could have quite easily been avoided by you Paul. As you know we were quite far away from Sydney with whales typically being further offshore during September. We were watching two...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally, we saw whales on the sea, feeling very excited. In addition to whale watching, the trip is as a Sydney cruise tour from the sea. Note that people who are seasick have to take medicine before going, otherwise your trip will not be perfect....More

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AfnanZafar
5 August 2018|
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Response from Billie M | Reviewed this property |
I have heard that Jarvis bay is amazing, but I am yet to experience it. My Sydney experience was great and we do have the most beautiful views of the harbour on the way in and out.
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Elizabeth_KCC
27 June 2018|
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Response from Kate S | Reviewed this property |
yes sorry to take so long to answer, the whales migrate north between May and November from the antarctic then make their way back so there is still plenty to see but I would contact the whale watching company as they know... More
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lilandy80
5 April 2018|
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Response from Karla M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry guessing it’s way to late now. We went in the morning. I think it’s all pot luck. We went same time last time and didn’t see any whales but got to see dolphins
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