Whale Watching Sydney

Fantaseas’ Whale Watching Sydney cruise is an open water cruise aboard a dedicated viewing vessel with a guided tour put together by our Marine Biologist Sophie Powell.  Due to global conservation efforts the numbers of whales migrating north this year is expected to top 20,000,  this increases the opportunity for whale sightings as they move north to breed and return with their calves between May and November each year.

Humpback Whale migrations

Humpbacks have a wide geographic range and during the summer months, populations in the southern hemisphere spend their time in Antarctica feeding. In late autumn they begin an annual migratory route to their winter breeding and calving grounds in the warmer tropical waters of the Pacific. On our cruises, we see a lot of breaching by active males showing their dominance to impress the females for mating during May.

Mid to late August to the beginning of December the whales are now all swimming south and we start seeing mothers with their newborn calves. They tend to spend more time on the surface and swim slower (so that the calf can keep up!).

In September we also have the first whales on their way south again. A very interesting time of year with whales going both ways!

Southern Right Whale migrations

Southern right whales are similar to humpbacks in that they feed in Antarctica in the summer and then migrate north to Australia to breed and give birth.

On the east coast, Southern Right Whales migrate during May to November along the NSW coastline. They tend to migrate between Cape Byron and Antarctica, but have been seen as far north as Hervey Bay, Queensland.

You may also see, Orcas and Minke whales, dolphins, seals and fairy penguins on the cruise.

At Fantasea Cruising Sydney our goal is to have you depart our whale watching cruises with a greater understanding and appreciation of Whales and Sydney’s diverse marine wildlife.

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


Fully hosted Whale Watching experience with friendly and professional crew Complimentary tea and coffee inside the harbour only
Iconic sights of Sydney Harbour with unique photo opportunities Ultra-modern catamaran with two large open deck viewing areas
Fully licensed bar for snacks and refreshments Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Fin Whales, Southern Rights and variety of birds

Timetable for Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour (Pier 26, Wharf 9)
Tuesday – Thursday
Friday – Monday
10:00am & 1:30pm

Timetable for Circular Quay

Circular Quay (Eastern Pontoon)
Tuesday – Thursday
Friday – Monday
10:30am & 2:00pm


Activity Duration
Inner harbour cruise to Circular Quay* 30 minutes
Sprint to the “Whale Highway” 30 minutes
The Whale Experience! 45 – 60 minutes
Return home to Circular Quay / Darling Harbour! 30 / 45 minutes

*departing from Darling Harbour

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Child (5-15)

Concession (Student/Senior)

Family (2adult+2children)

$ 80

$ 50

$ 65

$ 210


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