From $92.00 per adult

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


18 May - 03 November 2024

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

2024 Season starts 18 May

The 2023 Whale Watching Season - the absolute best of all time - has now concluded. We can't wait to see what amazing experiences are in store for 2024!

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 Circular Quay
  • 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
  • Visit Australia's most famous zoo - Taronga Zoo after your cruise (if option selected)
  • Make the most of your time in Sydney with a 2-day Whale explorer pass (if option selected)
  • Family friendly indoor and outdoor leisure decks
  • 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*

$92 per adult

1:15pm Whale Watching

  • Approx 2.5 hour cruise
  • Expert commentary
  • Whale guaranteed or cruise again for free*

$92 per adult

Whale Watching & Taronga Zoo

  • 10:00am Whale Watching
  • Taronga Zoo entry via the lower entrance
  • Return Rocket ferry back to Circular Quay
$125.00 per adult

Whale Explorer

$115 per adult

Every cruise comes with a whale guarantee

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.

Whale Sightings 2023

Prices 18 May - 3 November 2024

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Price are valid to 03Nov24. All prices are per person. Specials subject to change.

Whale Watching Cruise From Circular Quay Wharf 6
Departs 10:00am
Returns 12:35pm
Friday - Sunday
Wednesday - Sunday
(NSW School Holidays)
Departs 1:15pm
Returns 3:45pm
Friday - Sunday
Wednesday - Sunday (NSW School Holidays)
NSW School HolidaysWinter 06-21 July 2024
28 September - 13 October 2024
Extra DeparturesCheck Availability for Extra Departures

Whale Watching & Taronga Zoo:

  • 10am Whale Watching Cruise from Circular Quay disembarking at Taronga Zoo approx. 12:25pm
  • Enter and exit the Zoo from the Lower Entrance or catch the bus to or from the top ( own expense)
  • Make your own way back to Circular Quay or Darling Harbour at your leisure via our rocket ferry service
  • A ferry timetable will be issued at check-in.

Whale Watching Explorer:

  • 10am Whale Watching Cruise from Circular Quay disembarking at Circular Quay approx. 12:35pm
  • Jump on the Hop-on Hop-off Harbour Explorer from the same wharf.
  • The 2-Day pass is valid from the same day of the Whale Watching cruise and the following day.
  • A timetable will be issued at check-in, however if you wish to plan in advance, you can view the timetable here.
  • 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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