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Whale Watching

See these majestic creatures up close as they migrate past our beautiful harbour

Witness the majesty of humpback whales migrating through Sydney Harbour. Our experienced crew will guide you to the best spots for sightings.

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Incredible Private Whale Watching Experiences in Sydney

Private whale watching from Sydney is one of the most unique and rewarding experiences a person can have, and every year, thousands of people flock to the waters around Sydney to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Why book a private tour

With a private tour, you can get up close and personal with the whales and truly appreciate their beauty and power. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or simply looking for an unforgettable experience, private whale watching from Sydney is an experience you won’t soon forget.

What to see

When you book a private whale watching tour, you will be in the care of a knowledgeable guide who will ensure you get the best possible experience. Depending on the tour you choose, you may get to explore the different types of whales that migrate to the area, such as humpbacks, southern right whales, and even the rare blue whale. Most tours also head out to the open sea, where you can observe the whales from a distance and learn more about their behavior.

When to go

The most popular time for private whale watching from Sydney is between May and November, which is when the humpback whales are migrating and can be seen in large numbers. During this time, you can observe the whales as they feed, play and even breach the surface. Speak with one of our friendly team to help you organise a private whale watching experience today.

Your whale watching tour awaits!

If you have any questions or need assistance with planning your whale watching tour, please don't hesitate to reach out. Your magical day out is just an enquiry away, and we're thrilled to help you create memories that will be talked about for a lifetime!

Popular Whale Watching Boats
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Monkey Business

Open Plan Jungle Themed Party Boat

BYO Food & Drink Available

From: $500.00/hr

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Catamarans - Large Function

Sydney Pearl

Large Capacity Function Vessel

From: $650.00/hr

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Catamarans

Champagne Sailing

A Bright and Modern Open Plan Style Catamaran

BYO Food & Drink Available

BBQ Onboard

From: $600.00/hr

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Catamarans

Champagne Sailing II

Brand New Open Plan Catamaran for Larger Groups

BYO Food & Drink Available

BBQ Onboard

From: $650.00/hr

Book your whale watching experience with us!

Our expert crews and guides will make it a day to remember.

Why Book Your Whale Watching Tour With Us

Expert Crews

The vessels in our whale watching fleet have been running fantastic wildlife tours for years, and they know exactly where to look for these gentle giants. You can also rest assured that they won't do anything to distress the whales or other animals you'll see on this amazing day out.

Clear Pricing

With Ucruise Sydney, you're guaranteed that there will never be any hidden charges or add ons. You just find a boat you like and we send you a quote with all the charges and details clearly laid out. We know that no one else can offer deals like we can, so get booking now!

Unparalleled Support

From the moment you call us to enquire from the moment you step off your whale watching vessel back in Sydney, our expert team will be there to provide support and advice in any way we can. Remember, there's no such thing as a silly question!

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Whale Watching Tour FAQs

What wildlife can we expect to see during the whale watching tour?

The wildlife you can see on the coasts and seas of NSW is actually quite varied. Obviously, whales are the stars of the show, and if you're lucky, you can see several different species on a single trip. In NSW, it's not uncommon to see southern right whales, humpback whales and dolphins, but you may also see killer whales (orcas), sperm whales and even a blue whale! Other animals that may also show up for a photo include seals, albatross and penguins.

What type of camera is recommended?

When people ask this question about any other tour, we usually say unless you're a pro, a smart phone is more than OK, but with whale watching you should consider bringing the best camera you can get your hands on (such as a mirrorless or DSLR). Typically a zoom lens is a good idea, as you can't guarantee that the whales will be right up next to you. Also, it's worth practicing as much as possible before hand so you can understand how to deal with the movement of the boat and other factors. That way, you'll get the very best photos.

What is the best time of year for whale watching in Sydney?

The whales pass by NSW roughly between May and November every year, with the peak time being in June/July. Earlier on in the season is usually the best time to see behaviour like breaching, as the males show off their dominance, but later on (October onwards) you can see mothers and babies swimming together! Mother whales and their calves also swim more slowly and stick closer to land.

What should we wear for the whale watching tour?

The best advice here is comfy clothing in layers. When you're out on the water, things can get very windy and even in the blazing sunshine there can be a chill in the air. When you have a few different layers to choose from, you can be sure that you'll always be comfortable (you'll probably be out on deck for most of the tour). Finally, be sure to wear sensible and comfortable shoes like runners (never heels, please!).

Do you use sonar to find whales during the tour?

No, sonar can be distressing and disorienting to the whales so no Ucruise Sydney boats will use this technology to find them. Typically, whales are spotted by scanning the horizon for their spouts (our crews are always on the lookout). The focus is on locating whales at a distance and approaching slowly rather than then appearing right in front of or under the boat.

What should we do if we get seasick on the boat?

While seasickness is rare when you're out on deck, passengers can inform the captain if they feel unwell and will be given advice on the spot. It's recommended to consider preventative measures beforehand, such as taking non-drowsy sea sickness medications or consuming ginger, which can help settle stomachs.

Where will the whale watching boat go during our tour?

Luckily, in Sydney the whales are generally easy to spot close to shore (and even very occasionally appearing in Sydney Harbour). Some of the best whale-spotting points near Sydney include are just outside the Harbour near North Head, or down by Botany Bay. Whale watching boats are generally among the fastest in our fleet, so we can nip about and go where the whales are. But because whales are wild animals and can't be predicted with 100% accuracy, we're also in constant contact with other skippers checking on sightings and are able to adapt depending on where the whales are that day.

What will the whales do?

It's important to remember that the whales don't know that they are on show, and will just be minding their own business. There are, however, certain behaviours that are really spectacular and not uncommon to see in NSW. Breaching is the one everyone wants to see, which is where the whale jumps out of the water (occasionally with it's entire body). Fluking is the term used for the whale showing its tail above water, while lobtailing is when the tail is slapped down to make a big splash. Blowing is a common one and is the best way to spot the whales at a distance (thar she blows!). And finally, spy-hopping is when the whale lifts its head and chest out of the water to see why everyone's taking pictures!

Will food be provided?

Usually a whale watching tour is catered, but sometimes you may need to bring your own snacks and drinks. Be sure to ask our staff when you book as the provision of food can depend on the vessel and the day or time of day you take your tour.




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CONTACT INFORMATION

Address:
30 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Phone:
+61 (0)422 222 675
9AM - 5PM (MON - FRI) 

Email:
All enquiries: enquiries@ucruisesydney.com.au

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If you are cruising on a weekend your best contact is the skipper's (our office will be closed). This will have been emailed to you under the 'It's Almost Time For Your Cruise' email.