Taronga Zoo & Whale Watching Cruise


  • 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



Departs Daily 20 May - 01 Nov 2017  
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 ...

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Zoo & Whale Watching Combo - 20 May to 01 November 2017


  • Rocket ferry to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay (9.45am, 10:05am or 10.45am) or Darling Harbour (9.30am, 9:45am 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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  • 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

Special Conditions apply to all Special Offers

Other Options

Whale Watching Afternoon

Afternoon cruises operate daily, while morning cruises depart on weekends only. What an amazing year for whale watchers so far! Humpback sightings have continued to increase every year and these amazing mammals just love to show off with tail slapping, breaches, and even a close up wink when they are feeling extra curious. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience the gentle giants of the sea on their annual migration. More Info ...

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Whale Watching Morning

Morning cruises operate Saturday and Sunday, while afternoon cruises depart daily. This has been an amazing season so far! Humpback sightings have continued to increase every year and these amazing mammals just love to show off with breaches, tail slapping and even a close up wink when they are feeling extra curious. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to see the gentle giants of the sea on their annual migration. More Info ...

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About Whales

Whales have graced the planet for over 50 million years and are present in all oceans of the world. The largest species of whales were hunted almost to extinction. Often referred to as the gentle giants of the sea, they capture our fascination like few other animals. More Info ...

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