$99.00 per adult

*Specials available on selected dates only and subject to limited availability. T&C's apply.


May to October

  • Approx. 2.5 hour cruise
  • Expert commentary
  • Family friendly, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Whale sighting guaranteed or cruise again for free*

The 2021 Whale Watching season has unfortunately concluded early due to prolonged lockdown restrictions. We now look ahead to the 2022 season! Details to be released soon.

Sydney is the envy of Australia with a whale watching season that lasts over five months of the year. Over 20,000 Humpback whales make the 3,500km journey from sub-Antarctic waters to the Great Barrier Reef every year. Whale numbers peak off Sydney in June-July for the Northern migration to give birth, and September-October for the return southern migration. In August, whale behaviour is often more spectacular with younger males showing off with amazing breaches.

  • Start your cruise from Darling Harbour
  • Experience the wonder of the Humpback Whale migration
  • Expert commentator providing fun and educational insights into whale behaviour
  • See dolphins, seals and birds as you cruise past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • Make the most of your time in Sydney and choose a 2-day Whale explorer pass
  • Family friendly indoor and outdoor leisure decks
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Whale Sighting guaranteed or cruise again for free

10:00am Whale Watching

  • Approx 2.5 hour cruise
  • Expert commentary
  • Whale guaranteed or cruise again for free*
  • Dine & Discover only $34


1:15pm Whale Watching

  • Approx 2.5 hour cruise
  • Expert commentary
  • Whale guaranteed or cruise again for free*
  • Dine & Discover only $34


Whale Explorer


Every cruise comes with a whale guarantee

Whale Sightings 2021

Captain Cook Cruises Whale Watching tours operate on family-friendly catamarans, with indoor and outdoor seating over multi-levels. Passenger numbers are strictly limited to ensure everyone has great views of all the action while the onboard Marine Naturalist provides expert commentary and insights into the whale behaviour. We have over 95% whale sighting success rate, but in the unlikely event we don’t spot whales, your whale guarantee ensures you can cruise again for free.

Route & Timetable

Whale Watching Departs From Darling Harbour King St Wharf 2
Departs 10:00am
Returns 12:30pm
Saturday & Sunday
(School holidays)
Departs 1:15pm
Returns 3:45pm
Saturday & Sunday

Please note special timetables operate on selected dates. Explore our timetable section for the latest information.

    Wharf Check-in Offices

      Whale watching in their natural environment

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    • The Passenger Contact Information form is required to be completed prior to boarding your cruise
    • This cruise is subject to weather, please refer to the predicted weather and comfort levels information for a 7-day forecast
    • Call our reconfirmation hotline +61 2 8062 3623 from 7:15am on the day of your cruise
    • Check out our recent Whale Watching sightings this season
    • View our Whale Watching FAQ's here
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