• Only on the Explorer Pass

Two-Hour Whale Watching Cruise

Get up close and personal with majestic humpback whales on this fun two-hour cruise from Sydney Harbour.

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Humpback whale breaching.
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    Only on the Explorer Pass

    This attraction is available on the Explorer Pass, but not the All-Inclusive Pass.
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    This attraction requires advanced booking.

What you'll do

Enjoy a two-hour whale-watching cruise with Go City® 

  • The whale watching season will run from May 13th to November 13th.
  • Our passes include two hours of whale watching.
  • Just check in at the Fantasea counter on Circular Quay Wharf 6.
  • Your Sydney pass also includes dozens of other top attractions, tours and experiences, all for one money-saving price. 

About this experience 

Here’s your chance to see whales in the wild on an exhilarating cruise from Sydney Harbour. Reaching speeds of up to 20 knots, the luxury Fantasea vessel is in open water within minutes, ready to slow down and pause to watch as humpback whales put on a show on their annual migration from Antarctica to the warmer climes of the Great Barrier Reef.

Humpbacks are by far the most common whale here, but you might get even luckier: passengers have been known to spot the occasional orca, blue whale or sperm whale, and bottlenose dolphins are also a fairly common sight. Watching these majestic creatures as they breach the surface is one of nature’s great theatrical displays and – as long as they’re playing ball – you’re all but guaranteed a whale of a time!

There are plenty of viewing areas on the boat – a seated sundeck, a covered rear deck and large windows along the internal saloon – and expert guides are on hand to point out signs of whales lurking beneath the water’s surface. There’s a bar for snacks and refreshments and, in the unlikely event you don’t see a single whale on your cruise, you’ll get a free pass for another day.

Two-Hour Whale Watching Cruise highlights  

Humpback whales – humpbacks migrate right past Sydney Harbour between April and December so the chances you’ll spot one or more of these majestic creatures is very high – and you’ll get a free pass for another day if not!

Spectacular sea life – you’ll likely spot other wildlife including seals, bottlenose dolphins and seabirds; minke, blue and sperm whales have also been known to put in an appearance here.

Fantasea Vessel – the cruiser heads out to open water at speeds of up to 20 knots; it has expert guides, a bar and several viewing areas on board.

 Two-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise facts  

  • Humpback whales spend much of the year feeding in the cold waters around Antarctica but prefer warmer climes for mating season, migrating north to Australia’s coastal waters in their thousands between April and December. 
  • The phrase ‘there she blows’ is the traditional alert given by the lookout on old whaling ships when a breaching whale is spotted. Put on your best salty sea dog voice and give it a try yourself!

Go City is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility when sightseeing in Sydney. Your pass includes a two-hour whale-watching cruise, plus admission to dozens more top Sydney attractions.

Experience Two-Hour Whale Watching Cruise and many other attractions with the Explorer Pass.

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Know before you go

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Booking required

This attraction requires advanced booking.

Getting in

Check in with staff at the Fantasea counter on Circular Quay Wharf 6 and get ready to witness the spectacle of a lifetime!

For more information, visit the Fantasea Cruising website. 

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Departs Circular Quay – Wharf 6

12:45PM and 3PM (May 14th to July 3rd, July 9th to Sept 20th & Oct 21st - Nov 13th)

10AM, 12:45PM and 3PM (July 5th - 28th & Sept 21st - Oct 20th)

May: Monday to Wednesday
June 1st - 14th: Saturday to Wednesday
June 15th - November 13th: Daily

Closings & holidays

The whale watching season runs only from May 13th to November 13th.

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Free cancellation

Plans can change, we get it. All non-activated passes are eligible for a refund within 90 days from your purchase date.

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