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The Rocks, Australia
Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience a close encounter with humpback whales without having to leave the city on this thrilling 2-hour speedboat tour from Sydney. Hop on-board the city’s fastest commercial ship and blast off across Sydney Harbour, past iconic landmarks like Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Leave the city behind and speed out into the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll have chance to spot majestic whales swimming and playing in their natural environment.
  • 2-hour whale-watching tour from Sydney by speedboat
  • Zip across the waters on Sydney’s fastest commercial boat
  • Enjoy a close encounter with migrating whales in their natural environment
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Seasonal tour
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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Departure Point

27 Circular Quay W, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia

Campbells Cove Pontoon is located on the western side of Circular Quay. It is at the end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal and in front of the Squires Landing pub, You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 48 hour cancellation/rescheduling policy applies
  • Passengers must be 12 years old
  • Passengers with back, neck, shoulder injuries or heart conditions, or those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are not permitted to ride on the boat
  • For directions to the departure location; type "Campbell's Cove Pontoon" into google.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ocean Extreme

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers.

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  • "Highly recommend - the speedboat with it's versatility can "go" anywhere swiftly and this flexibility makes it easier and quicker to get to the whales." See review


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A Great Experience!
Carol H
, Nov 2019
A very exhilarating way to see Sydney Harbor, the coastline cliffs, and dolphins. We were unfortunate not to see whales, but not for lack of trying. Also the boat zips around and we were able to get quite close to everything - I can only imagine how cool it would be to see whales from it! There is a guarantee to ride again if you don't see whales - unfortunately I don't live in Australia but you never know!
Exilerating experience
, Nov 2019
Fast and bumpy but great. We saw lots of whales many close to us and some leaping out of the water Great driver guide
We loved it!
, Oct 2019
This is an awesome way to see whales! We loved being on a smaller boat so that we could see the blows and tails and fun of the whales regardless of which side of the boat they popped up on. Blake is really knowledgeable and makes the speedboat part of it super fun too. He also took a lot of photos and emailed them to us free of charge later that day. This allowed us to really pay attention and be present with the whale watching experience while out on the water. I would do this again in a minute!
Brilliant Tour
karen m
, Oct 2019
This tour was brilliant. The guide was punctual and helpful. The Rib was exhilarating but still felt safe. The scenery from the ocean was beautiful and The Whales were awesome. A nice extra touch was him emailing us more photos. Do this tour.
Highly recommend
Tim C
, Sep 2019
I highly recommend this experience. Blake is great and very knowledgeable and experienced. Went out 2 days bc the 1st day we didn't see any whales. Blake offered to take us out again before we left Sydney at no charge. Can't say enough good things about this experience .
Excited and amazing experience!
, Aug 2019
We saw several whales! And the riding was very excited! The captain tried his best to show us as many whales as possible.
Sydney Whale Watching
, Aug 2019
Wonderful beautiful winter day - seas were calm. Saw many whales and even a few breaches. Highly recommend - the speedboat with it's versatility can "go" anywhere swiftly and this flexibility makes it easier and quicker to get to the whales. And it is so low to the water I could reach over and hit the water with my hand. Love this close experience!
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One of the best tours i ever had
, Jul 2019
Amazing trip. Blake is very friendly. He explained patiently and prepared wind breaker for us Love the bumpy ride when we headed back to circular quay after whale watching. A wonderful experience. Five stars.
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Awesome experience
, Jul 2019
The trip was awesome and great value for money. The guide was excellent and sent us some great photos later in the day. Would 100% recommend this trip.
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Loved the trip, Blake was very...
Lydia W
, Oct 2017
Loved the trip, Blake was very friendly and informative, we got to see a dolphin, some whales which was well worth seeing, on the way back we saw some new Zealand fur seals. If you get sea sick then take travel sickness tablets and sit in the middle of the boat for the back of the boat.
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