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Whale Watching Sydney

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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
Central Business District
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Reviewed yesterday

This has been on my wife's bucket list forever. We made last minute decision to go out (even though its end of season and these guys were the only ones going out). Weather was beautiful but water was choppy so many folks were getting sick....More

Thank nittanyninja
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was the highlight of my holiday. I agree with a previous reviewer about going early as the jetty is busy with other companies, and we ended up missing our boat. Luckily they let us re-schedule for the afternoon. The tour guide Vanessa was...More

Thank traci2k6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We chose the 3 hour tour for whale watching when in Sydney. The boat was comfortable and had a bar etc. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. They found a humpback mother and baby almost immediately. It would’ve been great if we didn’t feel...More

Thank SophiaA269
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paid $35 for professional photos that we never received. It's a con, a tourist trap. By all means go watch the whales it's worth it but don't pay for the extras they take your money and run. Been robbedMore

1  Thank dangaden1
Jonas L, General Manager at Whale Watching Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there. Did you reach out to us about this before? There might have been a typo in your email address or another reason for you to not get the pictures you paid for. We have all intentions to get them to you, so just...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great value! It's more than just whale watching. I mean you get great views of the opera house & the bridge from on the water. I'm guessing whale sightings are guaranteed as most tour groups offered full refund or a free trip on a different...More

1  Thank FFDuncan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was worried that I'll get sick. I took pills. I was hoping, because the waves were 1 of 10.. Well, my stomach convinced me that I won't be neither pirate of Caribbean, neither marine biologist. But that's my own issue. The crew was amazing...More

Thank Journey407323
Reviewed 10 October 2018

I get seasick, I know I get seasick... so I listened to the crew and moved to the interior, sat and stared out the window at the horizon or tried to sleep. I did see a whale and her calf before I needed to retreat...More

Thank philliesfan80
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

We were in Sydney during the dreariest time of the year - rain, rain, rain! Luckily, this meant lots of whale activity! We were thoroughly warned by the crew not to go aboard if one gets motion sickness easily. The views of Sydney harbor were...More

Thank Wouter P
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

We booked onto the cruise last minute. Boat was pretty full so most seats taken up, we managed to get 2 seats together. Takes a about 15 minutes to get out to open sea just of the Coast, after about 5 minutes we just decided...More

1  Thank JohnK269
Reviewed 3 October 2018

My party of three were the only passengers on this 40 ft. sailboat. Tony, the skipper of the Katrina, went out of his way to personalize the experience. We saw a dolphin on our way out of the harbor and just into the ocean we...More

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breakfastinbed88
28 October 2018|
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Response from FFDuncan | Reviewed this property |
No need to book in advance. Multiple tours go out daily. Most hotels can book them for you. Or you can book a tour yourself when its convenient for you. Like I mentioned. My tour was booked less than 2 hours before I set out... 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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