Our success rate in seeing whales is approximately 90-95%. As whales are wild animals we cannot guarantee that whales are sighted on all cruises although it is rare that whales are not sighted. In the unfortunate instance where whales are not sighted guests will be offered a return cruise on a stand-by basis FOC. This cannot be exchanged for money and refunds are not given and guests will be issued with a voucher that is valid for 3 years.
The definition of seeing whales will be seeing at least one whale with a confirmed sighting of at least 2 occasions and every attempt will be made to approach that whale, the captain and crew will have the final say on whether the sighting was satisfactory.
This sightings guarantee does not apply to tickets purchased at less than 50% retail cost, unless stated on the ticket.
How big is the boat?
The MV Jerry Bailey is a 21m vessel, specially designed to handle ocean conditions. We make sure there is plenty of room onboard to take full advantage of whale sightings, move around and take photos, and will never overcrowd the vessel.
Can I bring food on board?
Yes – fortunately you don’t have to lug all of your food around Sydney and then on board! As part of providing Sydney whale watching’s best time, we have a fantastic BBQ lunch included in your experience. There is also a fully licensed bar on board for drinks.
How do I book?
Visit HOW DO I BOOK? for booking instructions.
Can I smoke onboard?
Yes - we do have designated areas on board for smoking.
What happens if it rains?
The famous MV Jerry Bailey is built for all weather cruising; we have plenty of room inside the vessel, on both the upper and lower decks.
Is the ocean water rough?
Our vessel is specially designed for ocean cruising and our highly experienced captain is an expert at cruising in open waters. If you have any questions regarding the open seas during whale watching season, please give us a call. We ask all of our guests to read through our safety briefing and safety poster before coming along to their cruise.
Will I get seasick?
Not everybody experiences motion sickness. However, if you are unsure about whether you suffer from motion sickness we highly recommend you consult a pharmacy or medical professional for some easily available over-the-counter remedies.
Are there toilets onboard?
There are designated womens and mens toilets onboard.
Do I have any kind of guarantee?
Yes, our whale watching in Sydney guarantees sightings – or you receive a return trip absolutely free of charge (see above).
Is there Wheelchair access on board?
Yes! There is restricted access to bathrooms and upstairs viewing areas while on board. However, there are excellent 360 degree viewing areas on the lower decks. Please contact us for further information on wheelchair access.
What should I bring?
Your Oz Whale Watching booking confirmation - You will not be able to board the boat if you do not bring this!
Camera, weather appropriate clothing and sun protection.
What if my voucher doesn't work when I go to book?
Contact the website you originally purchased the voucher from and ask them to check your codes - and then visit www.ozwhalewatching.com.au to BOOK NOW
Where is King St Wharf ?
King St Wharf is a short walk from Town Hall Station and is located approx 100 metres north of Madame Tussauds wax museum and Sydney Sea Life Aquarium. The wharf is located at the front of Cargo Bar. Please check your email confirmation for departure wharf.
Visit WALKING DIRECTIONS FROM TOWN HALL STATION for directions.
Is there parking?
There are parking stations in the CBD and these two are the closest.
Where is the nearest train station?
We recommend alighting at Town Hall Station as we are only a short walk away.
Check out http://www.transportnsw.info/ for BUS, TRAIN & FERRY info.
To have the best time during the whale watching season in Sydney, book with us today!
Terms and Conditions Whale Watching
WHALE SIGHTING GUARANTEE
Our success rate in seeing whales is approximately 90-95%. As whales are wild animals we cannot guarantee that whales are sighted on all cruises although it is rare that whales are not sighted. In the unfortunate instance where whales are not sighted guests will be offered a return cruise on a stand-by basis FOC. This cannot be exchanged for money and refunds are not given and will be issued with a voucher that is valid for 3 years.The definition of seeing whales will be seeing at least one whale with a confirmed sighting of at least 2 occasions and every attempt will be made to approach that whale, the captain and crew will have the final say on whether the sighting was satisfactory.
WEATHER DEPENDANT CANCELLATIONS:
Oz Whale Watch operates within strict maritime safety guidelines and in extreme conditions Oz Whale Watching reserves the right to cancel a cruise in the interest of passenger and crew safety. In this unlikely event guests will be offered a return cruise FOC or a refund.
Windy and rainy conditions are not reasons for a cruise cancellation. If guests choose not to travel in inclement conditions they will forfeit the cost of the cruise.
It is better to be safe than sorry, if you are unsure if you or any of your party will get motion sickness we recommend you consult a pharmacy or doctor for some readily available remedies. It can really make your day much more awesome than it already will be.
Participants must be fit & well and know of no reason why they should not undertake the voyage. If you are recovering from any type of surgery or medical procedure we recommend you consult your medical professional before participating. If you are pregnant we recommend you check with your medical professional before participating. If in doubt please consult your doctor or medical professional.
As this is an open water cruise, names of all passengers and their individual contact details are required for each passenger
Terms and Conditions Sydney Harbour Discovery
If you are making this booking on behalf of a group/party or number of people, it is the the main contact person-lead traveller (known as the “Client” or any member of their party) noted on your bookings responsibility to inform all members of the group of these terms and conditions.
Sydney Harbour Discovery and Oz Whale Watching and Sydney Princess Cruises Pty Ltd known as the “Company” will not be liable for loss, injury or death sustained to a person or property arising from directly or indirectly related to the chosen activity the “Client” or any member of their party has selected, whether caused by negligence or otherwise. All risks associated with the recreational activity is solely the “Client” or any member of their party. Recreational activities may be dangerous and entail inherent risk to health or personal safety.
The “Client” or any member of their party agrees that if they damage or lose equipment belonging to the ““Company”” they will be responsible for payment for repairs or replacement of those items.The “Client” or any member of their party agree to listen to the safety briefings given by the staff of the Company and agree to act in a responsible manner which does not jeopardise the safety of themselves or others.
To the fullest extent permitted by law and subject to the exception set out below, you also agree to release the “Company” and its officers, employees, agents and representatives ("Representatives) from all costs, liability, loss and damage incurred by you in connection with your participation in any Tour, and waive any associated claims that you may have against the “Company” or its Representatives as a result of your participation in any Tour.
100% payment is required on bookings for activities.
If an activity is cancelled due to weather conditions or any other reason beyond our control, the activity booking will be rescheduled.
Minimum numbers are required on all tours and courses. Dates may be modified at short notice.
Clients are not to be under the influence of alcohol/drugs prior to or during an activity/tour.
Once payment has been received, your booking is confirmed.
No shows will forfeit the full payment they have made.
Once a booking is confirmed it can only be changed or cancelled, up to 1-7 days before, by paying a variation fee of 50% of the original price.
100% cancellation fee applies to cancellation less then 24 hours from time of activity -this includes changing your mind right before boarding the vessel.
All participants of the tour must sign an indemnity agreement prior to the activity if required.
Special Conditions additional to above conditions for Sydney Harbour Discovery participants:
The tour will stop at an idyllic Sydney Harbour beachside location or one of the Sydney Harbour National Park Islands where you will have the chance to swim and explore the surrounding area.
Locations may vary due to but not limited to, weather conditions, locations being unavailable due to circumstances beyond The Company’s control.
THIS PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE SNORKELLING INSTRUCTION- PARTICIPANTS MUST BE COMPETENT AND CAPABLE SWIMMERS, and BE IN GOOD HEALTH.
If you are making this booking on behalf of a group/party or number of people within your group/party, it is the main contact person-lead traveller (known as the “Client” or any member of their party) noted on your booking responsibility to inform all members of the group of these terms and conditions.