Whale Watching in Sydney


Experience one of the great natural wonders of the world in Sydney, the annual migration of majestic whales along the spectacular NSW coast. From May to November is whale-watching season and you can spot these marine mammals from headlands or get up close on special boat tours.

  • Whale Watching in Sydney. Image: National Parks
  • Whale Watching in Sydney. Image: National Parks

Whale Watching in Sydney

For an unforgettable experience, spot majestic whales along the beautiful Sydney coast. Thousands of whales migrate annually from May to November. From headlands and viewing platforms on the coast and on whale-watching cruises, see frolicking humpbacks and spy-hopping southern rights.

In Sydney and its surrounds, there are 38 vantage points on land to watch whales. The Wild About Whales website lists all the locations and you can download the app to your phone. EcoTreasures offers whale-watching walking tours to headlands on the Manly and Northern Beaches coastline.

Cape Solander in Kamay Botany Bay National Park is one of the best vantage points and has a public viewing platform for you to enjoy the experience. The gorgeous cliff-top walking trails from Bondi to Coogee and the Federation Cliff Walk offer fantastic opportunities, as does pretty Clovelly Beach.

Whale Watching in Sydney. Image: National Parks

Take the ferry across sparkling Sydney Harbour to Manly for the North Head lookout, another superb location to watch whales migrating. Farther north are Bangalley Head at Avalon Beach and Palm Beach lighthouse on Barrenjoey Head for more great views of these marine mammals in their element.

For closer encounters, whale-watching cruises depart from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Manly for the ocean. Some of the boat tours include Captain Cook Cruises, Fantasea Cruising, Bass and Flinders Cruises, Oz Whale Watching, Manly Whale Watching and Manly Ocean Adventures.

In the open ocean, with the Sydney’s sandstone cliffs as backdrop, you may be lucky enough to catch a humpback whale breaching – launching itself out of the ocean. Other awesome sights are whales lifting their head out of the water, called spy-hopping, and mothers and calves playing together. 
  1. Bass & Flinders Cruises

    Bass and Flinders Cruises operates a large number of cruises, from whale watching to New Years Eve to weddings and business functions both on Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour.Scheduled cruises depart...

  2. Fantasea Cruising

    Fantasea Cruising is one of Australia's leading marine tourism and transport operators and have been cruising within Australia for almost 30 years. They love what they do and they love Sydney Harbour. They give people...

  3. Manly Ocean Adventures

    Manly Ocean Adventures is the only high speed boating adventure outfit operating exclusively out of Manly. Owned and skippered by a Manly local, Manly Ocean Adventures are able to show visitors this stunning beachside...

  4. Manly Whale Watching

    Manly Whale Watching provides Sydney and Northern Beaches whale watching enthusiasts with the ultimate location to whale watch in Sydney. The Manly Whale Watching base is located only five to 15 minutes away from...

  5. Ocean Extreme

    Ocean Extreme started over 10 years ago and is the pioneer for the fast boat RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) adventures within Australia. Ocean Extreme currently operates with an unrestricted speed permit on the water...

  6. Oz Whale Watching

    Oz Whale Watching is an exhilarating half day experience combining a Sydney sights luncheon cruise with whale watching in the Pacific Ocean (May to November). Once onboard a barbecue luncheon...

  7. Sydney Eco Whale Watching

    Sydney Eco Whale Watching is an awe-inspiring experience. Have you ever seen these majestic creatures up close? The best way to enjoy such an experience is aboard the luxury yacht Katrina. The yacht Katrina...

  8. Sydney Whale Watching

    Sydney Whale Watching is Sydney's best value four hour whale watching cruise. Departing from Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and Manly daily from May to December. Join this experienced crew on an unforgettable journey...

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