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Oz Whale Watching

Oz Whale Watching

Sydney Princess Cruises commenced operations in 2001 when Colin and Sonia Thwaites purchased a charter boat to showcase their love of boating and the amazing sights of Sydney Harbour. After only two years in business, the company expanded their focus to include more nature and cultural based offerings.

Colin clearly remembers the first time he saw an adult Humpback Whale on a beautiful crystal clear winters day right outside Sydney Heads. The size, grace and the amazing power of the animal was something he thought that every visitor should get to experience combined with the Sydney city skyline in the foreground. At this point, Oz Whale Watching was borne.

Since then, the company has been passionate about connecting visitors to the abundant wildlife around Sydney Harbour, including the diverse aquatic and birdlife right on Sydney's doorstep. The company is centred around the philosophy that every visitor’s journey is unique and should be conveyed in the touring experience provided by their team. Being a boutique operation, the objective is not to get as many people on-board as possible, but providing a quality experience that caters to different guests with different needs.

Protecting the natural elements in the extraordinary urban environment is a cause close to the team’s heart, with the company taking a lead in developing environmental plans and carbon management programs within the industry.

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Quick facts

  • One of the most picturesque harbours in the world
  • Prime spot to see Humpback Whales on migration from May through November
  • Home to 600 fish species, more than the entire Mediterranean Sea.
  • Year round pelagic birdwatching off the continental shelf

About the region

Sydney Harbour

For those who have visited Sydney, it is little surprise that the city is consistently ranked as the world’s top tourist destination. The sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour and stunning skyline is regarded as one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. What is surprising is the diverse wildlife viewing opportunities at Sydney’s doorstep.

Sydney has more marine species than any other harbour in the world and is a prime location to observe the incredible Humpback Whale migrating from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef each year. Further out to sea where the continental shelf drops off, the region is one of Australia’s best pelagic birding sites, with an abundance of albatross, petrels, gannets and shearwaters.

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Meet our guides

  • Meet our guides

    David Bird

    Dave is an indigenous Australian born in Dubbo, New South Wales. He has worked with various indigenous programs in mentoring, tour guiding and tour development and is skilled in the interpretation of local fauna and flora, especially whales. Outside of touring, Dave is actively involved in the Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society and is passionate about sailing, bushwalking, rugby league football, sailing, chess and playing guitar.

    Meet our guides

    David Bird

    Dave is an indigenous Australian born in Dubbo, New South Wales. He has worked with various indigenous programs in mentoring, tour guiding and tour development and is skilled in the interpretation of local fauna and flora, especially whales. Outside of touring, Dave is actively involved in the Hunters Hill Flora and Fauna Preservation Society and is passionate about sailing, bushwalking, rugby league football, sailing, chess and playing guitar.

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