3hr Discovery Cruise

The ultimate whale watching experience on the best boat in Sydney. Cruise Details

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We accept Dine & Discover Vouchers

Save $25 off our whale watching cruises with your Dine & Discover Voucher.

To redeem your voucher please call us on 1800 326 822 or see one of our friendly staff at our ticket offices at Darling Harbour, Pier 26 or Circular Quay, Wharf 6

3hr Discovery Cruise

$89/ Adult

$59 - Child (aged 4-15)
$239 - Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children)
$79 - Concession (only with valid Australian Seniors, Student, VIP, YHA ID card.)

3hr Premium Cruise

fastest fleet of whale watching boats in Sydney with superior viewing decks spread out over 3 levels.

15min to the ocean

Don’t waste hours traveling to the whales and back. Minimal time in the harbour, maximum time with whales.

Photographer Onboard

Photos of your cruise are available for sale. Taken by our onboard photographer on Ocean Dreaming 2.

Save 20% on Cruises in June & July

Use promo code Save20 when booking online and save 20%. Valid on all weekday cruises until 30th of July.

  • Departs Darling Harbour - Aquarium Wharf at 8:30 and 12:45
  • Departs Circular Quay - Wharf 6 at 9:00 and 13:15

Whale Watching Sydney’s 3hr Discovery Cruise is the best whale watching cruise in Sydney, combining high speed with 3 levels of viewing decks onboard Sydney’s best whale watching vessel Ocean Dreaming 2.

Thanks to the high top speed (almost 30kts) of our flag ship vessel Ocean Dreaming 2, it only takes 15 minutes from Circular Quay to the open ocean. That means less travel time through the harbour and more time watching whales compared to other, slower boats.

Ocean Dreaming 2 is Sydney’s largest purpose-built whale watching vessel. Enjoy unobstructed views from spacious wrap around decks over 3 levels. Check out the open top sun deck, providing 360 degrees of viewing!

Whale Watch in comfort with air-conditioned cabins with large windows and great indoor and outdoor seating. Informative commentary by our experienced crew and onboard multimedia presentations ensure you are fully informed of what to look out for so you can make the most out of this unique experience.

No need to worry if you don’t capture the perfect whale photos as our onboard professional photographer has that covered for you, with photos available for purchase onboard (or pre-purchase during booking).

Free tea and coffee is served inside Sydney Harbour and during suitable offshore conditions. Additional drinks and snacks are available for purchase from the onboard licensed bar.

If no whales are successfully watched on your cruise, you receive a free return cruise.

Vessel Features

On the 9th of June 2021 we unveiled a new-look for our flagship vessel Ocean Dreaming II to mark the commencement of our Aboriginal Whale Watching Experience and the start of the Sydney Solstice festival which runs until Sunday the 20th of June 2021.

Gomeroi artist Warwick Keen was selected to produce this beautiful piece of art that borrows from the Aboriginal tradition of bark carvings to aid in wayfinding when on country. It connects to the songlines of Aboriginal clans that intersect our waterways. To enhance the artwork, the vessel carries the names of the different clans of the Eora nation that abound the Sydney Harbour.

  • Three levels of outside viewing decks
  • Comfortable cushioned seats
  • High speed vessel for minimal travel time
  • climate controlled cabin
  • Purpose built for whale watching
  • multimedia presentations on screens
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets on board (1 disabled)

Sydney Map

  • Departs Darling Harbour - Aquarium Wharf at 8:30 and 12:45
  • Departs Circular Quay - Wharf 6 at 9:00 and 13:15

  • Ticket Office
  • Departure Wharf

3hr Discovery Cruise

$89/ Adult

$59 - Child (aged 4-15)
$239 - Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children)
$79 - Concession (only with valid Australian Seniors, Student, VIP, YHA ID card.)

We accept Dine & Discover Vouchers

Save $25 off our whale watching cruises with your Dine & Discover Voucher.

To redeem your voucher please call us on 1800 326 822 or see one of our friendly staff at our ticket offices at Darling Harbour, Pier 26 or Circular Quay, Wharf 6

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Whale Guarantee

We see whales on 99% of our cruises, but if we don’t…

In the unlikely event no whales are successfully watched on your cruise, you get a free return trip.

How it works

Free Manly Transfer

Book a cruise with us and get a free return trip from Manly to Circular Quay.

Simply add “Manly to Circular Quay Return Ticket” during checkout to add a free return ticket on Manly Fast Ferry. Booking confirmation must be presented to staff at Manly Wharf to redeem.

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NRMA Members Save 20%

Simply enter your Membership number when booking online.

If you’re not a Member, join for just $5/month and start saving on dining, attractions, experiences, accommodation and more.

Discover All Benefits

Whale Guarantee

We see whales on 99% of our cruises, but if we don’t…

In the unlikely event no whales are successfully watched on your cruise, you get a free return trip.

How it works

Free Manly Transfer

Book a cruise with us and get a free return trip from Manly to Circular Quay.

Simply add “Manly to Circular Quay Return Ticket” during checkout to add a free return ticket on Manly Fast Ferry. Booking confirmation must be presented to staff at Manly Wharf to redeem.

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Buy pictures on our 3hr Discovery Cruise

Taking pictures of whales can be quite difficult and often you only have half a second to get the shot. Leave the hard work to our professional photographer and enjoy your whale watching cruise!

Buy pictures on our 3hr Discovery Cruise

Taking pictures of whales can be quite difficult and often you only have half a second to get the shot. Leave the hard work to our professional photographer and enjoy your whale watching cruise!