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Here is one for animal lovers, both tourists and locals alike. A Taronga Zoo and Whale Watching Cruise Combo deal operating daily until 1 November 2017. It is only to this date because that is when whale migration ends for the year.
It starts with a rocket ferry to Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and then includes entry into the zoo as well as the zoo's Sky Safari Cable Car (this zoo and transport package is normally up to $91).
But by paying the additional $9, you can also do the Whale Watching cruise departing from Taronga Zoo Wharf and, returning you back to Circular Quay.
This is a great way to see the sights of Sydney as you take the rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to Taronga Zoo, which means enjoying the city skyline set against the majestic backdrop of the Sydney Harbour
When you dock at Taronga Zoo, you can take the Sky Safari Cable car to the top of the park, which means more majestic views and then you can spend the morning walking down the hill and visiting the Zoo's 4,000 animals. These include the new Asian elephant male calf, the Sumatran tigers, koala, Australian sea lions, chimpanzees, giraffes and many more. There are also keeper talks and animal shows interspersed throughout the morning.
The Captain Cook Whale Watching Cruise then takes you out to the Harbour headlands and into the open water where you will see humpbacks, southern rights, orcas and minke whales, seals, albatross and fairy penguins. Dolphins love to accompany the cruise, so for company you might have pods of dolphins numbering up to 100.
Apparently 2017 is already proving to be a fantastic whale season with whales swimming up to vessels and plenty of whale antics including double breaching, arched backs, blows and pectoral slaps.
And you will not be disappointed. There is a 95% chance of whale sighting success which is remarkable. But Captain Cook Cruises offers every passenger a whale guarantee; if a whale is not spotted, passengers can cruise again for free.
The watching cruises are aboard the ocean-going catamaran, Maggie Cat, which has two passenger decks, spacious outdoor and indoor viewing areas and an all-weather lounge, ideal for the entire family.
Rocket ferries to Taronga Zoo depart Circular Quay and Darling Harbour depart in the morning from 9.15am with services every 30 minutes. The Whale Watching Cruise departs from Taronga Zoo Wharf at 1.40pm and disembarks at Circular Quay at 4.15pm.
When:Rocket ferries to Taronga Zoo depart Circular Quay and Darling Harbour depart in the morning from 9.15am with services every 30 minutes. The Whale Watching Cruise departs from Taronga Zoo Wharf at 1.40pm and disembarks at Circular Quay at 4.15pm.