Whale Watching Lunch Cruise

From Circular Quay or Darling Harbour

Quick Details

After your whale watching cruise in Sydney, enjoy a two-course lunch with a drink included.

Your Sydney Cruise Includes:

  • Fully hosted whale watching experience with a friendly and professional crew
  • Ultra-modern catamaran with two large open deck viewing areas
  • Two-course lunch at a waterfront restaurant with a drink included

About the Whale & Lunch Cruise

Your experience begins with a comfortable, guided cruise through Sydney Harbour, taking in iconic sights including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, and some of the harbour’s most fascinating islands: Fort Denison and Shark Island.

As we approach the ocean we take in the beauty of Sydney’s rugged coastline. Once out to sea, hear from our experienced marine naturalist on board about the lives of our humpback whales. With FantaSea Cruising Sydney, our experienced crew ensures you are well positioned for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and fantastic photo opportunities with humpback whales.

After watching the whales, enjoy a pleasant cruise back to Darling Harbour, where you can sit back and relax at an iconic waterfront restaurant and enjoy a two-course lunch with a drink included.

Dining Experience

We’ve done the hard work for you and selected three of the best waterfront restaurants in Sydney for a delicious lunch. Now comes a difficult choice – enjoy either a classic Italian meal at Casa, or modern Australia cuisine at Meat District Co.

  • Casa Ristorante Italiano: Casa captures your heart with everything on the menu, made fresh in the true Italian way. On offer is a wide selection of delectable pizzas, pastas, and desserts.
  • Meat District Co.: Experience a meat-house with a difference. The in-house butchers choose and serve only the finest cuts featuring tender and juicy steaks, slow roasted ribs, succulent burgers, the freshest of salads, and desserts.
  • Blackbird: Blackbird is Darling Harbour’s most iconic eatery celebrating the greatest in Australian fare. Located on the trendy Cockle Bay Wharf dining precinct, enjoy our robust lunch or dinner menu. Or take a seat at the bar with our in-house mixologist – serving the best cocktails on Darling Harbour!

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

Rated "Excellent" by 200+ Travellers!

Whale watching from Umina

What an experience this was! It took us a little while to find the whales but the young lady that was speaking on the microphone was very interesting to listen to and kept us well informed you can tell she really enjoyed her job. The 2 whales we saw were so playfully jumping in and out of the water and waving to us. We had a lovely day thankyou.

– Dream221848 via TripAdvisor
Whale watching cruise from Palm Beach wharf

Just over three hours on this most comfortable vessel. We saw so many whales at close range. The staff were superb. The young lady doing the commentary and PR was so natural and presentable. We had an NRMA deal which made the cost very attractive. Weather was perfect and seas slight. Sea lions were also seen at very close quarters. Highlight for me was crewman Dave who we discovered knew some of my friends in the UK. A one in a billion chance. We had such a good day we rebooked for a September cruise. A must for locals and definitely tourists.

– Lew J via TripAdvisor
Whale Watching dep. Ettalong

It was a great winters day, lots of sun and only a gentle rolling swell. There were a lot of people on board, but not so many as to feel crowded. A number of whales were seen, and the passengers were polite and let everyone get a look. A whale would be spotted and the crew would try to manoeuvre to a spot where the whales would pass near the boat. Most times they got it spot on, if they didn’t show after about five minutes we moved on. A great way to spend the morning. Great boat, pleasant crew and a knowledgeable commentary. Obviously a certain amount of luck is necessary to get the weather, sea state and whale sightings coincident. We were lucky and would recommend to our friends. Well done Fantasea.

– Hawker2017 via TripAdvisor
Whale watching

"I'd like to thank the crew particularly Cassie and Josh for making a beautiful day even better. We were lucky enough to see a whale and I'll be back later in the season. The Catalina is a great boat, clean and well laid out with great views all round.."

– suelF3627NF via TripAdvisor

"Despite the wet weather and being quite early into the season we were able to spot a number of whales and have a lovely morning out! The vessel was very modern and comfortable. A must do for locals and visitors alike"

– Hayley C L via TripAdvisor
Fantastic day, great boat and professional and informative staff!

"Spent the afternoon for on this tour for my partner's birthday excellent crew, lots of commentary and a great day!"

– Monique S via TripAdvisor
Whale watching- Darling Habour

"Best tour! Emma was such a good guide !! We saw 5 whales 1pm Sunday 16th June 2019..Amazing experience and not crowned like other boats .. We nearly missed our boat but the team waited for us."

– Grace L via TripAdvisor
We saw whales!

"We had a great tour and were fortunate enough to watch two whales for about 30 minutes. The narration provided by the marine biologist was excellent. We would do this again."

– kent542015 via TripAdvisor

"First time to see the whale. smooth sailing to the deep sea area, nice breeze and beautiful scenery, really enjoyed it! While trying to spot whales, the staff gave some background knowledge about humpback whales, learned something as well. very good weather! we got to see four whales!! they were very active as well! Amazing to see how big the whales are and how they play in the sea. Cute creature! Seems that they were very happy that day! Not so many people on the cruise, everybody got plenty room to watch. Captain stopped the cruise for quite long time, so we could really enjoy ourselves! Staff are so friendly and attentive, also offered Free drink and snack. Overall it was rememberable experience! only one regret, we did not see enough!"

– Mel K via TripAdvisor