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Whale Watching in Sydney

  • Whale Watching Manly, Sydney
  • Whale Watching in Sydney


Hop on a whale watching tour

The whale-watching season along NSW's east coast runs from May to November. If you're enjoying some time in Sydney during these months make sure you experience this beautiful sight by joining a whale-watching cruise departing from Circular Quay, or visit one of Sydney's open whale-viewing platforms.

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Whale Watching in Sydney

Cape Solander, Botany Bay National Park

Cape Solander in Botany Bay National Park is one of the best whale-watching locations in Sydney and has a public viewing platform for you to enjoy the experience. The site is also part of a long-running whale-counting volunteer program running each June and July.

The gorgeous cliff-top walking trail from Bondi to Coogee also offers fantastic opportunities for whale watching. Other superb vantage points include Clovelly Beach and North Head Lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Visit North Maroubra, Bangally Headland at Avalon and Palm Beach lighthouse on Barrenjoey Headland for more great views of these creatures in their element.

If you fancy a close-up, Whale-Watching tours are the way to do it. For leisurely whale watching, Captain Cook Cruises and Fantasea depart from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. There are also three hour Bass and Flinders Cruises available, also departing from Sydney Harbour.

If you're venturing to Sydney's northern beaches, Manly Whale Watching Tours are available on a variety of vessels, from sailing boats to power cruisers. If you want to journey out in a smaller, private group Sydney Eco Tours offer a four hour yacht cruise. 

Australia is one of the best countries in the world for whale watching as more than 50 percent of the planet's cetaceans - otherwise known as whales, dolphins and porpoises - are found here. Nine species of baleen whales and 36 species of toothed whales make their home in Australian waters.

Today, whales, dolphins and porpoises are protected in Australian waters, and thanks to conservation measures, whale populations have steadily increased since the late 1970s. Whale numbers are now plentiful as they travel along NSW's east coast.

If you want to find out more about whales and their migration routes visit Wild About Whales.

  • Bondi to Coogee walk

    Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

    The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a picturesque coastal route featuring beaches, bays, rock pools, cliffs and of course stunning views. The 6 km route also meanders past some superb whale-watching vantage points, so you can watch whales migrating to the northern waters from the clifftops during this idyllic stroll.

  • Viewing platforms for whale watching

    Viewing Platforms

    Some of the finest vantage points for whale watching are the viewing platforms scattered along the coast. The Gap near Watson's Bay offers an impressive cliff top view of the Tasman Sea. Maroubra Beach is also a great spot in which you can witness humpback whales meander up north.

  • Whale watching in Sydney

    Whale Watching in NSW

    New South Wales offers many great vantage points for whale watching. Stanwell Tops near Wollongong is a popular destination as is Jervis Bay on the far South Coast. There are also plenty of choices up on the North Coast in Newcastle and the Central Coast around Terrigal and The Entrance.

  1. Fairfax walk

    Fairfax walk

    The Fairfax walk offers superb views and an enjoyable, gentle walk. This short paved track starts at the end of North Head Scenic Drive and then loops around the top of North Head. Its circuit connect...

  2. Clark Island

    Clark Island

    Located off the tip of prestigious Darling Point near Double Bay in Sydney's eastern suburbs, the lovely Clark Island spans less than a hectare in size. Lieutenant Ralph Clark cultivated the island as...

  3. North Head

    North Head

    The heath-covered clifftops at North Head reveal unending ocean views and a spectacular panorama of the harbour and Sydney skyline. Situated on the northern-most edge of the harbour within sight of Ho...

  4. Cape Solander

    Cape Solander

    Want to go whale watching in Sydney? Cape Solander is undoubtedly one of Sydney's best whale watching spots. June/July is the best time to see humpback whales as they migrate to warmer waters. If you'...

  5. Cabbage Tree Bay

    Cabbage Tree Bay

    Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve that aims to protect marine life. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares, from the southern end of Manly Beach, including the rocky shores and beaches, t...

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