Prepare for a once in a lifetime experience as we get you up close and personal with the majestic giants of the ocean during their annual migration from Antartica to the Great Barrier Reef and return, you might even see a breach or two! You will also get the chance to spot dolphins, seals and more. Harbourcat also has the chance to offer coastal cruises of either Manly or Bondi beach (if conditionals allow).


Harbourcat can find the whales! In 2020 we had a 100% success rate.
If no whales are spotted on your cruise, we will offer a complimentary return date to come back again!


Harbourcat is the only catamaran 100% custom-made for events AND for going offshore. The sea-life sometimes are drawn to our boat, and our trampoline and 360 degree design is the perfect way of viewing these majestic creatures.

None of the smaller vessels will provide the undercover protection and complimentary coffee/tea and biscuits.


Our 3 hour Whale Watching cruises is perfect for groups from 10 – 36 and is ideal for:

  • Corporate activities
  • Family or groups of friends (we can pick up and drop off from any of the wharfs in Sydney)
  • High Schools or University excursions or any other group/teams that wants a unique day out seeing these glorious creatures in comfort.

HarbourCat Whale Watching

Book the boat

To book you can also:

Call on 0410 491 382


Uniquely Harbourcat can add-on other activities for your Whale Watching day.
These include:

  • Option of returning to an anchorage in the harbour after whale watching for a BBQ
  • Lasershooting
  • Beachable (supports a range of activities)
  • Event-based (e.g. vivid)
  • Inflatables and other water toys
  • Bridge Climb (depending on availability)
  • Close beach experience (Bondi or Manly are popular)
  • … more coming



The best Sydney whale-watching is with Harbourcat. Harbourcat whale-watching is perfect for team-building / incentive, client event, excursion or just a perfect day out group of friends & family. It is also the perfect activity to delight anyone who is visiting Sydney.

  • Fully licensed bar
  • We offer a full range of additional catering and drinks options
  • Oversized BBQ that cooks the whole feast at once
  • Massive lounge & dining areas so everyone can have a seat
  • Pick up and drop off from any of the wharfs in Sydney
  • 240 volt equipped, perfect for music or lighting
  • Wide ramp makes it easy to get on & off including for prams & wheelchairs
  • On-board toilet and bathroom
  • Highly experienced team ensures a seamless & safe experience for all from booking to departure

Harbourcat Whale-watching Pricing from:


Prices for 3 hour cruises. Manly pick-up & drop-off.
Other wharves and 4 & 5 hour cruises available.
Up to 20 passengers = from $1300
21 – 36 passengers = from $1700
This represents amazing per head value.

I recommend any tourist or resident of Sydney to do this cruise!

We had an incredible experience on Christmas Eve on the boat. Colin took great care of us. We boated around the harbour to check out the sights and had a good amount of time swimming around the harbour. I recommend any tourist or resident of Sydney to do this cruise!

Steph B.

Christmas Eve with friends & family

Will definitely use Harbourcat again!

Absolutely fantastic crew and an awesome day trip to Point Piper. Colin hosted a triple birthday party for my hubby and friends, cooked all of our food and was always on hand to assist. Will definetly use Harbourcat again!

Sammy T.

Birthday Party

Saw more wildlife than Alaska!

Would recommend this to anyone wanting a fab way to see our coast. We saw more wildlife ( whales, dolphins, seals ,albatross) in 2 hours than we saw in 7 days in Alaska. Skipper Colin was fab and endeavored to make our experience as good as it gets.

Susan S.

Whale-watching & coastal tour

The entire experience was amazing.

We went on the whale watching cruise on Sunday morning from Manly and it was exceptional! The entire experience was amazing. Colin is a great skipper and quickly located a whale which we watched for a while. We then explored the marine réservé at Shelly beach after sailing along the beach from Queenscliff to Manly. I’ve lived in Manly for a long time and it’s the best thing I’ve done here!
The boat is perfect – clean and well designed with cover overhead that can be open in summer. There are multiple spaces to eat or hang out, with good seating and great areas to relax. The sound system is excellent and Colin is a fabulous host.

Peta A

Whale-watching with friends

The service and communication from start to finish was fantastic!

My wife and I hired the Harbour Cat with Colin and Denise to celebrate our wedding weekend with our friends and loved ones from interstate and overseas and we were not disappointed.
The service and communication from start to finish was fantastic and Colin really catered the day to what we wanted to do, show Sydney in all its glory!
We will be back!

Christopher A

Wedding celebration

The Absolutely Best Way To See Sydney Harbour!

The Absolutely Best Way To See Sydney Harbour! What a fantastic guy Colin from HarbourCat is. He built the vessel, and it is a fantastic party boat. We had a group of 20 for a 4 hour cruise – the boat can hold double that. It was great, tour of harbour, then stop for lunch and swimming. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Perfect day out. Get a group together and all pitch in, it is not even very expensive if you do it that way – would be less than a commercial whale watching cruise for example where you are lumped in with hundreds of people. And Colin does what you want him to do – whale watching, swimming, tour of harbour, whatever you want!

Alex K

harbour cruise & whale watching with friends

Great value for money

We used Harbourcat for an evening cruise to celebrate my 25th Birthday and could not recommend them highly enough! Col is a fantastic skipper and so incredibly accommodating. The boat is spacious and clean, and the trampoline out the front is such fun time! Great value for money as well! We will definitely be back for another event with Harbourcat! Thanks for an incredible night Col!

Eliza S

Birthday Party


Harbourcat offers a full range of beverage and catering options!