Pittwater and Central Coast Whale Watching

From Palm Beach Wharf or Ettalong Wharf

Quick Details

See the majestic beauty of the humpback whale during their migration from Antarctica up the east coast of Australia along with panoramic views of the Palm Beaches idyllic coastline.

Your Whale Cruise Includes:

  • An experienced marine host on board
  • See the breathtaking sights of Broken Bay and Palm Beach
  • Complimentary tea and coffee, snacks and refreshments available for purchase

Pittwater and Central Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Ever dreamed of getting close to a majestic humpback whale? Join this scenic Palm Beach whale watching cruise for an unforgettable close-up look at these amazing creatures as they migrate to warmer seas.

Humpback whales are considered to be the best species for whale watching, and are also known to be the most acrobatic of all the whale species. Each whale has unique markings on the underside of the tail. No two are the same. Watch as dark figures move just feet from the boat—mother humpbacks gliding through the water with calves by their side. You might even be lucky enough to observe 45 tonnes of whale leaping right out of the water!

Not only do you get the chance to get up-close and personal with these charismatic creatures, but your Palm Beach whale cruise also includes:

  • An experienced accredited marine host on board, giving explanations about the whales and their behaviour
  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable crew performing guidance and commentary, explaining the history and wildlife of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. If you have a question, we can answer it!
  • Plenty of room for viewing – we limit our capacity so everyone gets front row views to the whale show.
  • See the breathtaking sights of Broken Bay and Palm Beach coastline with unique photo opportunities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee while inside the heads. Snacks and refreshments available for cash and card purchase.

*Please inform staff/crew if you suffer from seasickness at the time of booking and boarding the vessel.

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  • Cruise Schedule Cruise Dates
    Northern Migration 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th June / 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st  July
    Southern Migration 28th & 29th September / 5th, 6th, 12th & 13th October
    Departure Location Departure Time
    Palm Beach Wharf 08:45
    Ettalong Wharf 09:15
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  • Activity Duration
    Scenic cruise to Ettalong* 30 minutes
    Sprint to the “Whale Highway” 30 minutes
    The Whale Experience! 60 – 90 minutes
    Cruise back to Palm Beach** 30 – 45 minutes

    *Departing from Palm Beach

    **Please note all cruises return directly to Palm Beach Wharf. Guests of our Whale Watching Cruise can use our regular Ferry Service to return to Ettalong, free of charge on the same day.

Rated "Excellent" by 200+ Travellers!

Fantasea-Favicon Memorable Whale Watching Experience

"It was an absolutely great whale watching experience. We saw a lot of humpback whales and dolphins. Beautiful day. Staffs were very friendly. The boat was large, comfy and clean. It was really enjoyable and I'll definitely come back. :)"

– Yinzhi L via TripAdvisor
Fantasea-Favicon Best Cruise EVER

"What a fab couple of hours we had on the Fantasea Whale Watching Cruise. The whole crew were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The marine biologist they had on board was so informative and we could tell she was very passionate about whales."

– CirynJones via TripAdvisor
Fantasea-Favicon Great Whale Experience!

"We had a great morning with the Fantasea crew and saw a lot of humpback whales, really amazing experience. The staff was friendly and the facilities very good. We would definitely go again!"

– Rebekka K via TripAdvisor
Fantasea-Favicon Great Whale Watching Cruise!

"Riverside Catalina is a fantastic vessel for a whale watching cruise, matched only by the friendly and knowledgeable crew. We had a great cruise with excellent sightings. Well worth while. Thank you Fantasea!"

– Angus S via TripAdvisor