Get up to 10% cash back per person when you book with us
100% whale sighting guarantee or receive a FREE return cruise
2 hour scenic whale watching cruise
Friendly, knowledgeable, experienced crew with you throughout
Complimentary morning tea or afternoon tea
Why Do We Love This
"We love this because Ocean Extreme will give you a FREE complimentary trip if a whale isn't spotted on the day!"
What to Expect
There's nothing quite like the rush you get when you catch a glimpse of a Humpback Whale's tail or see them breach the water's surface.
And with this Sydney Whale Watching Tour, you're guaranteed to see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat!
The high-speed tour vessel takes you right to the heart of the action, giving you an up-close and personal experience that you'll never forget. Specially designed for whale watching, the vessel's open design allows for unobstructed views and a low position in the water that puts you right where the action is.
But it's not just about the whales - your experienced and knowledgeable crew are passionate about sharing their knowledge of the local area and its wildlife, so you'll learn about everything from the history of Sydney Harbour to the different types of whales that call this part of the world home.
And if you don't spot any whales on your tour, don't worry - The Operator offers a free return cruise so you can come back and try again! With the season running from mid-May to early November, you've got plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures as they make their way along the coast.
So what are you waiting for?
Book your Sydney Whale Watching Tour today and score up to 10% cash back per person!
Please arrive at Campbell’s Cove, Circular Quay at least 15 - 20 minutes prior to your departure time
Frequently Asked Questions
There's no better time to spot whales than any other! The whales are migrating up and down the coast 24/7, so there is an equal chance of finding them at all times throughout the day.
Some great land-based whale watching spots include North Head, Long Reef, Vaucluse, and Cape Solander. To get a close-up view of the whales, you'll need to head out on a boat. This tour ventures anywhere from 1km to 20km offshore, depending on the migratory route of the whales at that point of the season.
With Ocean Extreme's high-speed vessels, we can get you to and from the whales faster than any other boat, so these tours don't take as long. When departing from Circular Quay, the tour can last about 2 hours.
From mid-May to late November, you can watch whales migrating along the Sydney coastline. Dolphins are common around the coast of Sydney and can be spotted any time of the year, as well as seals, who are here nearly all year round.
You don't have to worry about getting wet on most days, unless it's windy, but The Operator provides spray jackets to keep you dry. In the winter months, it can get chilly out at sea, so dress in layers under the jacket to stay warm. Be sure to wear a beanie and gloves on colder days.
Whether you're watching the whales from the shore or at sea, you must wear sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from the sun. And don't forget your camera! But if you prefer, The Operator can take photos for you.
Whale watching can be harmful to whales if the boat skipper is irresponsible or doesn't follow the correct rules for driving around whales. However, The Operator have been operating tours for over 14 years and always take the utmost care. They are required to keep their distance from the whales (100m), and it is up to the whales to decide if they want to approach the boat. Humpback whales are naturally curious and often approach us, but The Operator cannot force this interaction.
Humpback Whales are the most common whales spotted off the coast of Sydney and generally in New South Wales. Occasionally, you may spot minke whales, southern right whales, pilot whales, killer whales, and even blue whales, like the one spotted in 2015.
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Passengers must meet minimum age of 12 years and a minimum height requirement of 130cm. All children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, or those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are not permitted to travel with Ocean Extreme and if do so, travel at their own risk.
The supplier recommends taking out travel insurance. The supplier will not be held responsible for any personal injuries, equipment loss or damage sustained whilst travelling, embarking or disembarking our whale watching vessels.
If whales are not spotted on a tour, each passenger will be issued with a reride credit for another tour during the same season. The credit is non-transferable, therefore it must be used by the original participant. If the tour takes place in November then the credit is valid the following season.
In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:
Cancellations or changes more than 48 hours before departure: no fee
Cancellations or changes within 48 hours of departure: 100% of the cost
Please note: if the supplier must cancel a tour due to inclement weather, or for any other reason, the tour will be rescheduled. If the tour cannot be rescheduled a gift certificate will be issued to the value of the original booking. Refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.
All customer cancellation & refund requests are also subject to our website’s own refund conditions.
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