Taronga Zoo & Whale Watching Cruise

Inclusions

  • Cruise to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour
  • Taronga Zoo entry & Sky Safari cable car
  • Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise
  • See Humpbacks & the occasional Southern Right whale
  • Whale Guarantee - see a whale or cruise again for FREE*
  • Cruise commentary
  • Return cruise to Circular Quay

Need to know

Timetable

 

Departs Daily 19 May - 31 Oct 2018  
Rocket Ferry to Taronga Zoo Depart Circular Quay Wharf No.6 - 9.35am, 9:45 or 10.50am or
Depart Darling Harbour Pier 26 - 9.15am, 9:30am or 10.30am
Whale Watching Cruise  Depart Taronga Zoo Wharf - 1.40pm
Disembark Circular Quay - 4.15pm

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Combine two amazing Sydney experiences with this cruise & attraction package. Cruise to Taronga Zoo aboard a Rocket Ferry, spend the morning exploring Taronga Zoo, then venture outside Sydney Harbour for an afternoon Whale Watching cruise during the annual migration. More Info ...

Whale Watching Cruises 19 May to 31 October 2018

Zoo & Whale Watching Combo - 19 May to 31 October 2018

Includes:

  • Rocket ferry to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay (9.35am, 9:45am or 10.50am) or Darling Harbour (9.15am, 9:30am or 10.30am)
  • Zoo entry & Sky Safari cable car
  • Whale Watching Cruise departing Taronga Zoo Wharf (1.40pm)
  • Disembarking Circular Quay (4.15pm)
  • All travel must be completed on the same day

Typical whale behaviour includes: Breaching, Spy Hop, Pectoral Fin Extension, Tail Slapping, Peduncle Slap, Tail Cocking, Tail Slash and Tail Swish, Pectoral Stroking and Pec Slapping all of which are explained on our About Whales - Whale Watching Guide.

Whale Watching Cruise

  • What to bring
    • This is an open water cruise and you will experience sea motion. We recommend you eat lightly before and during the cruise. Travel sickness tablets are generally most effective if taken prior to the cruise. Selection of soft drinks and snacks available for purchase onboard, subject to change. Please dress according to the weather - it will often feel colder at sea. 
  • Whale Guarantee*
    • We have a 95%+ success rate. The Whale Guaranteed applies when a whale is not sighted during your cruise. Cruise again in the same season for free on Standby Basis confirmed 24 hours prior subject to availability
  • Reconfirmation & Cancellation
    • As this is an open water cruise, names of all passengers and their individual contact details are required for each passenger. Cruises are subject to cancellation due to weather & other operational requirements. Please ring (02) 8062 3623 from 7.15am on the day of your cruise for the latest information. If the whale watching cruise is cancelled, the total Taronga Zoo & Whale Watching package is cancelled. If your cruise is cancelled by us passengers may (1) rebook another for another date during the current season or (2) seek a refund from the original place of purchase or (3) a credit can be made with Captain Cook Cruises towards another cruise within 12 months of original date of travel. If purchased through an agent, please refer to the agent’s terms &conditions. 

Passengers must complete a Contact Information form prior to cruising in case of emergency - download the form here & return by email to [email protected] once you have made your booking.

Cruise operates subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.

This Week's Predicted Comfort Levels & Weather
Waves, swell, winds & visibility can be very different outside the Harbour.

Daily Whale Sightings

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IMPORTANT

  • Taronga Zoo Sky Safari cable car subject to closure due to weather and other operational requirements
  • All travel must be completed on the same day
  • Valid for afternoon Whale Watching departure only
  • Special reconfirmation and cancellation conditions apply to Whale Watching Cruises
  • Not valid with any other offer
  • Limited commission applies
  • Details subject to change

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88 % approval from 113 responses

Date
Rating
2 days ago
5/5

Great staff, very good comments

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 days ago
5/5

Service: Service level was good, the vessel was clean, and stable. We also left on time and made it back on time as well.
Product: Service level was good, the vessel was clean, and stable, and the commentary by the crew was important for us to understand what we were seeing, which was the migration of the whales. And what made it even better was the spotting of at least 2 pods of whales! Great cruise!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 days ago
4/5

The boat was in very good shape and the tour started right on time. The person talking in the mic, I can't remember his name, provided a lot of very interesting information and was really funny.
It was our lucky day because the weather was beautiful and we saw many whale so my friend and I really thought the price we paid for this activity was totally worth it.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 days ago
2/5

Service: Over all very good
Product: it was good a bit lumpy due to weather

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 days ago
1/5

Service: Matig schip, safety instructie open water werd volstrekt niet serieus genomen, cruise te kort, half uur gedobberd net op open water tot het tijd was terug te gaan. Geen dier gezien, kan altijd voorkomen. Echter over de whale garantie geen woord en omdat de kaartjes volledig waren ingenomen bij boarden geen poot om op te staan.
Product: Voor de moeite!!!!!!!!!!!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 days ago
2/5

Service: Took their 2.5-3 hour PM whale watching cruise on 10 August, 2018. The boat came late, then had to pick up more passengers from Taronga Zoo. Boat went out for about half hour, then stopped “in case some whales have been around and not wanting to miss them”. After about 15 minutes, saw other boats (except Whale Watching Sydney) and followed them. Saw some sprays from a couple of whales, waited then chased a bit, then saw more sprays. After about half an hour most of the boats left to other spots, but Captain Cooks stayed. After about half hour, boat turned back to view some seals!! Thought I paid $55 to see whales closeup, not a boat ride to see seals!! I paid $59 last year with Whale Watching Sydney and saw 2 whales closeup for at least half an hour. Thought I’ll bring some family members to see same this year unfortunately has been utterly disappointed. I felt the Captain Cooks crew hasn’t really tried or has experience looking for whales. Came back to shore the same time as Whale Watching Sydney who left 10-15 min before us. I asked some guests from Whale Watching Sydney who just got off their boat if they saw any Whales closeup, answer, “yes, 5 and up close”!
Product: Not worth the money. Crew either not experienced or just not bothered to find the whales when another boat could

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 days ago
5/5

Service: The purchasing procedure was easy and the crew were professional. Clear information was sent out prior to the trip.
Product: We had an excellent time out on the water and saw plenty of Whale activity. It was everything they promised and the crew were professional. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 days ago
2/5

To many people this it's hard to get a good view of the whales

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 days ago
2/5

There were too many people and i did not get to see the whales properly.

You could not see outside the windows as they were too dirty

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 days ago
5/5

4.5 star

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 days ago
5/5

Excellent introduction and detailed explaination of whales. Crew were entertaining. Many whales were spotted during the 3 hours journey, the cruise was definitely valued for money!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 week ago
4/5

Service: Generally, very well organized although a bit mess when waiting for embarkment. Nobody was present to tell people what ferry to embark on. Two ferries were present in the meantime - one competition, the second yours. People were running from one pier (within Wharf 6) to another and did not know what ferry to embark on. Your ferry logo is hidden below the pier and not visible to passengers waiting on the pier. Finally the third ferry was the right one.
Ferry crew very helpful and efficient in finding whales :)
I would recommed your services to others.
Product: Please see above explanation.

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

1 week ago
4/5

Service: The staff did a very good job in spotting the whales.
Product: With the discount, the cruise is good value.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Commentary was excellent helping a rewarding experience. Found 2 pods of whales and provided excellent photographic opportunities.
Product: The price was a surprise and very good value

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Service: The cruise team was very kind and service was great.
Product: A must do in Sydney and watching whales was just amazing.

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

2 weeks ago
4/5

Service: Hemos visto ballenas, delfines y focas. Lo pasamos muy bien! Lo único por lo que no pongo 5 estrellas es que en mi opinión hay demasiada gente amontonada en el puente de arriba (desde abajo no se ve nada porque tiene cristales y por tanto nadie se sienta allí)
Product: Muy facil comprar, ir al sitio y disfrutar de la experiencia.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

Very well organised and young lady who did the commentary was excellent.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
1/5

I have not seen even 1 whale in the entire tour

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Whale Watching experience. We are disappointed to read that you felt that you did not see any whales during your cruise. Whilst this is the mid-point between the northern migration and southern migration, we were pleased to read our Whale Report which stated that a pod of two Humpback whales were spotted and followed during this trip.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

员工非常友善,观鲸体验很棒

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 weeks ago
5/5

I had such an amazing time. it was a dream come true. we had humpbacks come right over to the boat. it was absolutely incredible. also, I actually missed my original booking because of crazy Sydney traffic and the staff were so kind and understanding, and gave me a voucher to come back. overall the ease of booking, the wonderful customer service and the experience left me raving about you guys to all my friends and fam. thank you so much! ill be back at the end of the season :)

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

3 weeks ago
4/5

Great tour !

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
4/5

Service: It was all good, crew was nice and very friendly and good comments about the whales
Product: Captain found some nice whales and was able to keep up close to the whales to see them

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

Incredible family experience. Lots of whale sightings, even one breaching. Curtious knowledgable staff

Review for SeaLife Aquarium & Whale Whale Watching Cruise

3 weeks ago
5/5

It’s a greate journey with Captain Cook Cruises. The people are so nice!

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

3 weeks ago
2/5

Service: Once got into Pacific Ocean, the voyage was very rough. We were severely affected by the motion. Didn't bother to leave our seats to see the back of the baby humpback.
Product: Rough journey and the return was only the back of 2 baby whales.

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Whale Watching experience. We are disappointed to read that you felt that the whale watching cruise was not up to your standards. We review the weather conditions out at sea every day and we will cancel the cruise if we feel the weather is not suitable. We did not cancel the cruise on your day of travel as the weather conditions were fit to go out and see whales. We guarantee that you will see whales on our cruises, however they are still wild animals and we have no control over what they do.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

lovely introduction

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

3 weeks ago
2/5

我觉得船员对亚洲面孔的乘客很不热情,甚至是冷漠。另外我订的是Captain Cook,可实际坐的船是另外一艘。唯一欣慰的是看到了在一起的两条鲸鱼。

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
5/5

Service: We saw whales and the commentator was fantastic.
Product: It was Good value for money

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

3 weeks ago
4/5

Whale watching cruise was enjoyable for the older and the younger passengers. All the crew were enthusiastic and helpful. Thanks for a memorable day!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

4 weeks ago
5/5

Had a great time - the staff were very considerate as my 13 year old was shoved to the back by some horrible tourists and they almost knocked her new digital DSLR skin camera out of her hands.... Staff came to the rescue and moved my 83 year old mum and my daughter who were on the cruise together back to the front where they were originally. THANK YOU! it made such a difference for them.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

4 weeks ago
5/5

Great experience, would highly recommend. Crew were fantastic.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Awesome time viewing the whales! And dolphins!!

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Had two cruises both professional and well run, delivered what was promised
Product: Went very well, was well run

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

Very professional & courteous staff

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

A very enjoyable whale watching cruise to see the beautiful creatures of the ocean.
There was a high swell but the crew were excellent. Gave great advice and help when required.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Informative and cautious

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Great experience. Spotted couple of whales around 4-5 times. Great crew and Captain, they were waiting to show us the whales patiently.

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Excellent experience with captain Cook cruises. We did the whale watching morning cruise and saw 3 humpbacks and even a little baby whale! Would recommend this to my friends.
Product: We got what we paid for: close-up whale watching!

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

Service: Friendly and informative commentary.
Skipper's focus on finding whales appreciated.
Boat handled swell effectively.
Product: Whales were not too playful on the day - not the fault of Captain Cook Tours

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

lovely trip

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

amazing trip and nice crew

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: The cruise was excellently conducted. The information shared by the crew was extremely helpful, interesting.
Product: Excellent tour, interesting conversations, facts and trivia shared by the tour crew.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
2/5

Service: A little over crowded on rear deck and not enough deck space. Would be better on a top deck boat where you can move freely.
Product: The prices vary from different operators for the same experience from $39 to $85?

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Whale Watching experience. Our whale watching vessels are specifically optimised for whale watching. The pricing differences are due to a number of variables, including duration, vessel comforts, staff service, whale knowledge, etc. during the trip.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

Service: It was a very pleasant Whale watching cruise the boat was clean and modern
Product: easy to book online and obtain tickets on the day

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

the whale watch cruise was awesome, great day all round.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

It was a good day, we saw 5 whales not too far away. The MC on the boat was very informative about whales and Sydney

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Great
Product: Great experience and experienced staff

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
2/5

Service: The ship was a bit small and I could not see the whales because of the many people that were gathering on the the boats sides.
I also felt that the moderator was talking too much
Product: good and easy but too many documents to feel/

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: The cruise was excellent and so were the staff, controling non english speaking passengers is not easy especially when they pretend not to understand however your staf were great and firm
Product: Very easy to navigate the website

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

very good service and entertainment! :)

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Definitely would go again, was amazing!
Product: Absolutely magnificent!
Definitely would go again.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
4/5

Service: yes Would buy again.
It is a wonderful trip to take visitors on.
Product: Very surprised no water fountain on board 2-50 for a small bottle of water is outrageous.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

Team members were very attentive and the cruise itself is of a very adequate length. We’ve spotted many humpbacks and moreover got to know some interesting facts about them. The only thing is that the boat was pretty crowded so it was hard to find a good watching spot.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
4/5

Service: Boat ride was nice. We did see whales although they did not come out of the water too much.
Product: I think the price was affordable

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Well organised. Good presenter on the boat. All round good experience. Would highly recommend it.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

We were so lucky to have a great day and see some whales in the ocean. Everyone was happy.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Very well organised. Excellent commentary.
Product: Amazing! Well organised and excellent commentary

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Problem-free from start to finish, with very knowledgable whale expert on board. We had a great day!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

excellent commentary aboard the vessel and passionate crew that ensured we had the best views at all times. Fabulous experience!

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Brilliant Day out

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

The Whales put on a great show, the commentary was interesting, fun and well delivered. Other crew were pleasant and engaging and the boat was very comfortable.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

1 month ago
5/5

Wonderful crew and really value for money! If the relevant time table can be clearer instead of having to go through the whole webpage to look for it is provided would be even better!

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

1 month ago
4/5

Service: The tour was outstanding. The host was very knowledgeable but did not stop talking....so any whale footage I have had her talking which kinda ruins it.
Product: Excellent. Everyone in my group loved it

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

1 month ago
5/5

Service: Wonderful day out watching the whales they were literally in sight for the full 2 hours breaching and playing. Best thing ive ever witnessed.
Product: Best day out! the whales put on a show for the full 2 hours was magic best thing ive witnessed.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Captain, crew and presenter were very friendly and only too willing to answer any questions. Would like to go on this again.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The commentary was second to none. Excellent commentary and excellent navigation skills from the captain (and crew) to achieve our goal of seeing quite a number of whales. Well done to all the crew.
Product: Absolute value for money. A tick on the bucket list but will do it again.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Great value for money for a full day out. Friendly knowledgable staff.

Review for Whale Watching and Tarong Zoo

2 months ago
5/5

Really enjoyed our cruise with captain cook and were very lucky to see lots of whales that day ... would highly recommend.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Opp
Product: Aaaàaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaausjehjej

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

The team was really nice and professional!
It was magic to see whales!

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
1/5

Service: Incessant uneducated commentary that did not stop for even 1 minute so we could enjoy the view with a mic that was distorting and a man that did not finish high school
Product: Terrible terrible terrible contamination narration throughout that did not stop

Response from Captain Cook Cruises: Dear Customer,

Thank you for your review of your Captain Cook Cruise experience. Our Whale Cruise offers live, personalised commentary providing insights from our highly experienced commentator. As you’re aware, finding the right balance between providing information, humour and interactions can be difficult as each customer has tastes and preferences. However, please be assured your thoughts will be forwarded to our hospitality manager for review.

Once again, thank you for your review.

Kind regards,
Head of Customer Service
Captain Cook Cruises

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

On time. Staff attitude dynamic and flexible meant all i bought were dealt with very well and all saw whales. We had awesome weather which was lucky but highly recommend the CC service.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The guide was amazing, really funny and provided a lot of information and just made the entire trip enjoyable. All the crew were really friendly. Highly recommend great day out :)
Product: Good value and great experience :)

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

It was a nice trip with a friendly crew. We saw whales very closely .

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
4/5

Service: Friendly and helpful staff
Product: Easy and customer friendly website

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Service: excellent staff, very friendly and great commentary on the cruise
Product: Great value for money, saw plenty of whales and very informative commentary along the way

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Belle expérience

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
4/5

Pity you needed a ticket . SO often these days we are asked to download our ticket. So many people were int eh queue only to be told their downloaded ticket was not sufficient - they had to leave the queue, go to the ticket office, then go back to queue. Thankfully I had forgotten our tickets, so had already been to the ticket office.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

good job

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The crew were very helpful and informative.
Product: Helpful pleasant crew. Well presented craft and crew.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

It was an amazing tour. The guides were very friendly. I will suggest everyone use this service.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Service: On time and the description was accurate.
Product: We watched whales, as they promised, and departed on time, which I always appreciate. I would only recommend to be more emphatic on costumers taking sea sickness pills, I saw a lot pucking (that's not company's fault, it's visitors')

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Service: it was good
Product: good....................................

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
4/5

good commentary, spacious steady ship.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Good clear communication, attention to safety issues, informative commentary.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Service: The people were friendly and informative. A great sense of humour.
Product: Great experience, very informative.

Review for Whale Watching - Morning

2 months ago
5/5

Service: We went on the tour without much expectation of seeing Whales in the open water. We ended up with an amazing experience seeing 5 whales for a period of hour or more. The cruise personnel are very professional and friendly. We recommended it.
Product: Friendly and professional staff.

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

2 months ago
5/5

Service: Fantastic trip. Guide was interesting and very knowledgeable.
Product: Awesome trip! Cant wait for next season

Review for Whale Watching - Afternoon

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