Aboriginal Whale Watching Experience

Aboriginal Experience

During Sydney Solstice: 9th - 20th June 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

Aboriginal Whale Watching Experience

$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.)

Indigenous Experience

An Aboriginal Elder will share their stories about Giriwil the whale and its importance to the Aboriginal communities with you.

3hr Premium Cruise

Onboard Sydney’s best whale watching boat Ocean Dreaming 2. Custom built for whale watching with 3 levels of outside viewing decks.

15min to the ocean

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

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Use promo code Save20 when booking online and save 20%. Valid on all cruises until 11th of June. Valid on weekday cruises from the 16th – 25th of June.

  • During Sydney Solstice: 9th - 20th June
  • 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 has partnered with Tribal Warrior to bring you a new and unique Aboriginal whale watching experience during Sydney Solstice.

Join us for a 3hr whale watching cruise onboard Ocean Dreaming 2 and learn about Guriwil the whale and discover the connection and responsibility of Aboriginal communities to this important animal.

Along the east coast of New South Wales, the presence of whales in Aboriginal culture is embedded in many forms, from Dreaming stories to whales recognised as totem animals for various language groups. There are many significant sites of artwork depicting whales – particularly around Sydney.

An Aboriginal Elder and Aboriginal guide will lead you through the cruise and share their stories of land, water and sky which have been passed down from Aboriginal ancestors. Passengers can also participate in an ancient whale song to summon the whales.

Meet your Aboriginal Elders

Uncle Max ‘Dulumunmun’ Harrison

Yuin Elder Uncle Max ‘Dulumunmun’ Harrison is an initiated Yuin man. His teachings have been passed down to him by five masters of Aboriginal Lore.

Uncle Max is a widely respected Elder, who has been on the National Board of Elders, released several books on Aboriginal culture, including My Peoples Dreaming, given knowledge and is a recognised teacher of the University of Wollongong.

Uncle Max led the opening Traditional Ceremony for Sydney 2011 and 2012 Australia Day Celebrations and is well respected all along the South Coast of New South Wales through his work as a community Elder in his native Yuin country. Although Uncle Max’s involvement on walks on Country are now limited, he still plays a vital part in Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness by advising and overseeing his family uphold and sharing Yuin culture.

Dean Kelly

Dean Kelly is a renowned Aboriginal tour guide and has been awarded for organizing cultural camps and imparting intergenerational knowledge to the indigenous youth. He has also been involved with various indigenous community activities.

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

  • During Sydney Solstice: 9th - 20th June
  • 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

Aboriginal Whale Watching Experience

$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!