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Merimbula Marina Whale Watching Cruise - Darling Harbour

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Published June 11th 2014
Have a 'whale' of a time with a whale watching cruise
Each year, large numbers of humpback whales migrate from the beautiful Antarctic waters and head up north for their northern migration and I was fortunate enough to spot these majestic creatures on a Merimbula Marina Whale watching cruise.

They depart from Darling Harbour, Sydney and Merimbula Marina, Merimbula; we went on the Darling Harbour cruise.

The whales we spotted on the cruise...


It departs from Darling Harbour Wharf and the cruise passes many of Sydney's famous landmarks as it makes its way to the Heads to experience the spectacular whale watching.

We passed Luna Park, the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Kirribilli House, Fort Denison, Bradley's Head and the beautiful mansions of Rose Bay.

I must say that the views made the cruising even more exciting. Being rewarded with sightings of these startlingly beautiful creatures is an experience that will last a lifetime!

Its showing off time! The beautiful amazing whales splashing around...


The cruise departs twice daily (morning and afternoon) on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and daily during the NSW winter school holidays.

The majority of whales migrating are humpback whales but other whales have been spotted in the past such as the southern rights, minkes, Bryde's and orcas and other spectacular marine life have been spotted too, from dolphins to Australian fur seals.

Unfortunately, when we did our whale cruise we did not spot any seals or dolphins; however we did spot some marine birdlife and of course three adult humpback whales migrating together, which apparently is a rare sighting. This was even more exciting!

The beautiful whales on their migration...


Merimbula Marina Cruises are a family owned business and the boat holds a maximum of 25 persons per cruise which makes it the perfect way to see these beautiful animals. You get an intimate and personal experience and also have your own personal viewing space without being pushed and shoved...

There are a few cruise options ranging from 2.5hrs all the way to 4hrs (we did the four hour cruise). So do check out their website for more information on each cruise.

What a rare sight! Three adult whales migrating together...


Make sure to bring a jacket as it tends to get a bit nippy at sea and of course do not forget to bring the camera to capture the moment!

A whale watching cruise is an absolute must-do experience, at least once in your life. To be able to get so close but at the same time at a safe distance from the animals and to be watching them in their natural habitat is heavenly.

There are many parking options around Darling Harbour and public transport- check their website for more information.

Some of the breathtaking views on the whale watching cruise...

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Why? It is an once in a lifetime experience...
When: Sydney Cruises: June - August & Merimbula Cruises: September- November (for all times and dates check website)
Phone: (02) 6495 1686
Where: Sydney Location: Merimbula Marina Whale Watching Cruise, King Street Wharf 8, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost: Pricing varies depending on what cruise you choose - pricing starts from $ 45 Adults
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