Enjoy a day in the sunshine rocked by gentle waves – your only task to count the whales as they glide past

Be charmed by the magnificent dance of humpback whales as they make their annual migration up the east coast of Australia. Our expert whale watching tour guides have intimate knowledge of the best places to encounter these majestic creatures, introducing you to some unforgettable coastal vistas along the way.
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Splendour can arrange for a private seaplane to whisk you up the coast of Sydney to the peaceful Northern Beaches paradise of Palm Beach. After disembarking, you’ll enjoy brunch overlooking the sparkling ocean from your rustic picnic table at The Boathouse café on the wharf. Kick start your day with a gourmet coffee or give yourself a jolt with a spicy Bloody Mary while devouring fresh seasonal fruits, locally farmed eggs and bacon, or buttermilk scones.

Following brunch, your private catamaran will pick you up for an afternoon of whale watching off the Palm Beach headland.

You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities while you soak up the sunshine and fresh ocean air, keeping a sharp look out for the splash of the Humpback’s tail (maybe you’ll dip a toe in the water yourself or throw caution to the wind and make a splash of your own, with our without your swim suit). End the day back on Sydney Harbour with sunset cocktails aboard the country’s only floating beach club, or choose your own whale watching adventure – we can tailor the tour to suit your wishes.


“We wanted to see whales while we were in Sydney but had no interest in getting on a big tour boat. We had an incredible day in August on a private catamaran north of the city watching whales migrating south with their calves. We were the only boat in sight so it was a private show, just for us.”

Sue & Richard, UK

Suggested Itinerary

  • Picturesque seaplane flight to Palm Beach
  • Brunch at the iconic Boathouse café
  • Afternoon whale watching off the headland of Palm Beach aboard a private catamaran
  • Seafood lunch and drinks served on-board
  • Fly back to Sydney at dusk for sunset cocktails on the Island Bar – the country’s only floating beach club
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Fabulous Facts

Australian waters are home to over 50% of the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises. Whales are constantly on the hunt for food and suitable calving areas, travelling along the East Coast of Australia during their annual migration. There are plenty of opportunities for whale watching as they stop to feed in cold areas or hang around in warm, shallower waters while calving and mating.

Splendour tailored tours are your luxury tour guide to Sydney. We offer personalised Sydney tours curated by locals for those who like to do things with style. Let us design your private guided tour of Sydney and other amazing Australian locations so you can sit back and enjoy the experience.

Photo credit: Seaplane and Palm Beach image courtesy of Sydney Sea Planes.