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Aboriginal Whale Watching Experience


Whale Watching Sydney

Whale Watching Sydney has partnered with Tribal Warrior to bring you a new and unique Aboriginal whale watching experience during Sydney Solstice 9th – 20th June.

Join us for an incredible 3 hour whale watching cruise with an Aboriginal Elder who will share their stories about Giriwil the whale and its importance to the Aboriginal communities with you. Discover the connection and responsibility of Aboriginal communities to this important animal.


Insights into your experience

This is a 3 hour premium whale watching cruise cruise onboard Sydney’s best whale watching boat, Ocean Dreaming 2, custom built for whale watching with 3 levels of outside viewing decks.

Along the east coast of New South Wales, the presence of whales in Aboriginal culture is embedded in many forms, from Dreaming stories to whales recognised as totem animals for various language groups. There are many significant sites of artwork depicting whales – particularly around Sydney.

An Aboriginal Elder and Aboriginal guide will lead you through the cruise and share their stories of land, water and sky which have been passed down from Aboriginal ancestors. Passengers can also participate in an ancient whale song to summon the whales.

Meet your Aboriginal Elders

Yuin Elder Uncle Max ‘Dulumunmun’ Harrison is an initiated Yuin man. His teachings have been passed down to him by five masters of Aboriginal Lore. Uncle Max is a widely respected Elder, who has been on the National Board of Elders, released several books on Aboriginal culture, including My Peoples Dreaming, given knowledge and is a recognised teacher of the University of Wollongong.

Uncle Max led the opening Traditional Ceremony for Sydney 2011 and 2012 Australia Day Celebrations and is well respected all along the South Coast of New South Wales through his work as a community Elder in his native Yuin country. Although Uncle Max’s involvement on walks on Country are now limited, he still plays a vital part in Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness by advising and overseeing his family uphold and sharing Yuin culture.

Dean Kelly is a renowned Aboriginal tour guide and has been awarded for organizing cultural camps and imparting intergenerational knowledge to the indigenous youth. He has also been involved with various indigenous community activities.


Aboriginal guide

You should bring

Spare clothing
Water bottle

Things to know

This 3 hour experience is running during Sydney Solstice from the 9th - 20th June 2021.

Departs Darling Harbour - Aquarium Wharf at 8:30am and 12:45pm
Departs Circular Quay - Wharf 6 at 9:00am and 13:15pm

Vessel Features

  • Three levels of outside viewing decks
  • Comfortable cushioned seats
  • High speed vessel for minimal travel time
  • climate controlled cabin
  • Purpose built for whale watching
  • multimedia presentations on screens
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets on board (1 disabled)

Meeting point

Departs Darling Harbour - Aquarium Wharf at 8:30am and 12:45pm Departs Circular Quay - Wharf 6 at 9:00am and 13:15pm


Sydney Harbour and open ocean outside Sydney Heads.

Ready for an experience you won’t forget?
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