Sydney Eco Whale Watching

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Sydney Eco Whale Watching Tours..
An Awe Inspiring Experience

Our eco whale watching tours have been running since 2000 and are a fantastic opportunity for Australians and tourists alike to catch their first sight of a whale in its natural environment. Our company is highly experienced when it comes to all aspects of whale watching and responsibly follows a code of practice to ensure the safety of guests and all marine life. These tours cater for 12 passengers so you’re able to enjoy the moment without a large crowd. Tour duration is 4 hours and it runs during winter and spring.

Eco Whale Watching Season

Every year between mid May until late November about 20,000 whales migrate along the Australian coastline past Sydney Harbour to their feeding and breeding grounds. 

Sydney is in a very fortunate position to see the whales on both the winter migration north (mid May until late August) and the spring migration south (September until November) every year. 

 Sydney is a part of the Whales migratory path. Many Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales swim very close to the coastline around Sydney. 
Over the past 16 years, we’ve even seen whales swim into the Harbour and stay for up to 2 weeks

Be a part of this exciting eco tour experiences with Sydney Eco Whale Watching ...
• 4.0 hour - Eco Whale Watching Tour
• Observe & Learn about these wonderful mammals
Personalised, powerful experience
• Small number of passengers
• Powerful company / team building / personal experience
• Ideal gift 
• Share with your family, friends or workmates
Interior view of the kicthen

Other Marine Wildlife

During the tour you can expect to see a variety of marine life including:
  • Humpback Whales
  • Southern Right Whales
  • Minke Whales
  • Pilot Whales
  • False Killer Whales
  • Pacific Dolphins
  • Common Dolphins
  • Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Oceanic Dolphins
  • Penguins
  • Australian Fur Seals 
  • Albatross
  • Gannets

Media And Videos

Our Sydney based whale watching tours have appeared in a number media resources over the last 16 years including:
  • NRMA Magazine
  • The Weather Channel
  • Where Travel Magazine
  • Disney Show on Channel 7
  • Sydney Weekender in the Sydney Morning Herald
  • The 2GB Radio Travel Show
  • Qantas Magazine
  • The Australian
  • Sunday Telegraph
  • The NineMSN Travel Section
  • Getaway Travel Show
  • Chinese Global TV on New Dynasty TV
  • The Disney Channel
  • The NRMA Open Road Magazine
  • Destination NSW  - Escapes Magazine - Wave Hello Feature - NSW Tourism - July 2016
  • Die Woche, Australia’s German Weekly Newspaper
  • Sydney Morning Herald Tidelines
  • News Limited’s Whale Songs video
  • Timeout magazine’s Top 5 Whale Watching Tours in Sydney
  • Channel 7 News program - First Whales Of The Season
  • Yahoo 7’s First Whales Of The Season

Responsible Whale Watching

We understanding that we need to minimise our disturbance of the whales, and do so by following the NSW Maritime & NSW National Parks & Wildlife Guidelines. These guidelines outline rules for minimum distances:
  • Minimum distance for a boat or craft to be near a whale/whale pod is 100 metres
  • Minimum distance for a boat or craft to be near a mother and calf is 200 metres
  • Minimum distance for an aircraft or helicopter is 300 metres
Assessing the direction a whale pod is moving and responding appropriately:
  • Move slowly and reduce your speed as you move toward the whale or whale pod
  • Keep your distance
  • No chasing from behind or blocking ahead of the whales
  • There is a no waiting/approach zone and a no chasing/approach zone to be observed
  • Boats or craft must not block or wait in the 30 degree zone in the path ahead of the whales swimming direction
  • You must not approach or chase a whale or whale pod in the 30 degree zone behind the whale
How to enter or exit the whale watching circle:
  • All boats or craft must enter and exit in a single line as shown in the figure below
  • If there are other boats in the whale watching circle, All boats or craft must form a single line behind each other
  • If there are other boats / craft already in the Whale watching circle, all boats or craft joining must enter the whale watching circle from behind the last boat in the circle
  • You must not enter directly from the side of the boat line causing navigation issues
  • If you want to leave the whale watching circle, turn away from the whales or whale pod
  • Keep well clear of the direction the whales or whale pod is travelling
What to do if a whale approach’s the boat:
  • If a whale approaches the boat, place engine into neutral and remain stationery
  • Whales are wild animals and can frequently change direction. Keep a vigilant lookout and be prepared to alter your course to keep the minimum mandatory distances.
Somebody wants to swim with the whales:
  • No swimming with the whales, seals or dolphins is allowed in any circumstance
We are acutely aware that they are our visitors and all care should be taken to ensure the whales have a safe and enjoyable stay in the waters surrounding Sydney.

Preparing For The Tour

It is recommenced that you have a good brunch/lunch well before coming on the tour. No food will be served while we are at sea. Hot drinks are available complimentary. Please also discuss any medication for motion sickness needs with your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional prior to the tour. Due to regulations, we are unable to administer any medications. As it will be cold during winter at sea (June, July or August), we recommend you bring your:
  • Favourite warm hats
  • Spray and warm jackets
  • Jumpers
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Flat “runner” style shoes
  • No leather or black sole shoes
  • Cameras
  • Sunscreen is provided 
  • It is important to keep warm and have enough clothes for the tour.
In spring (September, October and November) it still can be fresh out to sea and more often than not it’s much cooler than being on land. Please bring:
  • Favourite warm hats
  • Spray and warm jackets
  • Jumpers
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Flat “runner” style shoes
  • No leather or black sole shoes
  • Cameras
  • Sunscreen is provided complimentary
What if the weather is bad? We will call or SMS you prior to your tour. Please have your mobile switched on and check your messages. We kindly ask you to check in with us on 0409 125 186 so we can discuss any matters with you. If you are unsure that the tour is proceeding, please call our customer service line on 61 2 0409 125 186. If you do not hear from us then the tour will be proceeding.

Types Of Whales And Dolphins

On your Eco Whale Watching Tour you may encounter other wild sea animals off the coast of Sydney. This includes dolphins, seals, albatross, squid and sharks. Please see below for our quick guide on common animals spotted:
  • Bottlenose dolphins have a relatively short, stubby beak with 21 to 29 pairs of teeth in each jaw. The mouth curves up in a permanent ‘smile’. They have a prominent, hooked dorsal fin located in the middle of the body. The flippers are of a moderate length and are pointed at the tip. Size: 3 to 3.9 metres. Generally, the upper body is dark grey and grades to white on the belly, though some may be the one colour, however, between individuals the grey colour varies through many shades. Bottlenose dolphins are easily identified as the dolphins used in the television program ‘Flipper’. They are playful, actively pursuing vessels and riding with ease and grace in the bow wave. Most of the dolphins in Australia are bottlenose dolphins. They are widely distributed and are often seen close inshore. This is the species seen at Monkey Mia in Shark Bay, Western Australia. Some coastal populations have a restricted distribution, residing in a particular bay or coastal region. Bottlenose dolphins are the most common stranded cetaceans in Australia, usually singly or in small groups.

  • Common dolphins have a relatively high dorsal fin, pointed flippers, a relatively long beak and 45 to 51 pairs of small teeth in each jaw. The back is grey to black and the tip of the beak and lips are mainly black. A black bridal extends from the black patch around each eye toward the beak, and a dark line extends from the base of each flipper to the underside of the lower jaw. The side of the body has a crisscross or hourglass pattern. The colour of the crisscross pattern near the tail is usually grey, while near the head it varies from white through grey to yellow or ochre. Common dolphins are widely distributed and seen frequently (at times in large groups) in Australian waters.
  • They are playful animals, riding easily in the bow wave of a vessel and swimming in a spectacular fashion. This species can be confused with the striped dolphin. Apart from Bottlenose dolphins, Common dolphins strand more often than other dolphins. After death, the bright colours and finer markings may disappear making identification difficult. Size: 2.1 to 2.5 metres.

  • False killer whales are more slender and streamlined, and lack the striking black and white body pattern of the killer whales. The head has a narrow profile and the lower jaw ends well before the tip of the rounded rostrum. The flippers are pointed and have a distinct ‘elbow’ in the middle, while the dorsal fin, although much smaller than that of the killer whales, is still prominent and is distinctly hooked with a rounded tip. There are 8 to 11 pairs of robust teeth in each jaw. Most specimens are completely black but some may have a blaze of grey in the shape of an anchor from the tip of the lower jaw along the throat towards the navel and on the underside of the flippers.
  • False killer whales are one of the most common mass stranded cetaceans on the Australian coast. They can be seen in all Australian waters, often travelling in schools of several hundred individuals. False killer whales may sometimes ride in the bow wave of ships and may be easily confused with pilot whales. Size: 5 to 6 metres.

  • Humpback whales have a stocky body with a broad head and long flippers up to one third of the total body length. The dorsal fin is small, often sitting on a ‘hump’ in the back. Knobby protuberances with a bristle hair and often with barnacles growing on them occur on the head, jaws and flippers. The lower jaw has a rounded projection near its tip. The rear margin of the tail flukes and leading edge of the flippers is scalloped. The body is black on the back and white underneath and sometimes on the sides. The flippers and underside of the tail flukes are usually white. The baleen plates are black.
  1. Humpback whales migrate from Antarctica to the sub-tropical waters of Australia to give birth and mate during winter and spring. Consequently, whale watchers are most likely to see this species in the coastal waters of eastern and western Australia. Humpback whales frequently perform spectacular aerial leaps, often raise their tail flukes before diving and ‘sing’ long complex ‘songs’ during the breeding season. Individuals can be identified from the colour pattern under the tail. Large numbers of humpback whales were taken by whaling operations on Norfolk Island. Size: 14 to 19 metres, average 14 to 15 metres.

  • Killer whales are powerful and robust with large broad rounded flippers and 10 to 12 pairs of large conical teeth in each jaw. Adult males have a tall erect dorsal fin that may grow up to 1.8 metres high. In females the dorsal fin is not as tall and slightly hooked. The black and white pattern on the killer whale is striking. On the back they are black from the tip of the rostrum to the tail, with a white patch above the eye, and a light grey saddle patch behind the dorsal fin. On the belly, white extends to the chin and branches into a white process on each side of the body. The underside of the flukes is also white.
  • Killer whales are voracious predators. They hunt singly or in groups feeding on fish, seals and other cetaceans. They are usually found in groups and are commonly seen in Australian waters, and occasionally close inshore. They sometimes strand on the Australian coast. Size: 8 to 9.5 metres (males are larger than females).

  • Both species of pilot whales have a pronounced bulging forehead that may overhang the tip of the upper jaw. The dorsal fin is low, broad-based, deeply concaved on the rear margin and nearer to the head than to the tail. The body is dark with a white anchor shaped patch on the throat. Teeth are set near the front of the jaw.
  • Pilot whales are one of the most common mass stranded cetaceans on the Australian coast. Strong social bonds between members of group could account for the mass stranding’s of this and other species such as false killer whales. Size: 5.5 to 5.9 metres (short finned), 5.5 to 6.5 metres (long finned). The two species are difficult to distinguish apart, particularly at sea. Features that can be used to separate them are distribution, number of teeth and colouration. 

  • Southern right whales are robust and have a strongly arched mouth and long baleen plates. Large white bumps (callosities) occur on the top of the head, along the edges of the lower jaw and along the eye. Southern right whales have no dorsal fin. The flippers are large and rounded and the flukes have a broad smooth rear margin separated by a deep notch. The flukes are often lifted out of the water as the animal dives. Southern right whales are predominantly black but some may have patches of white.
Southern right whales migrate to the southern coasts of Australia each winter. Because of their habit of calving or resting with young calves in shallow water just beyond the surf line, they are easily observed, particularly from headlands. The early whalers regarded the southern right whales as the ‘right’ whales to hunt. They are slow swimmers, float when dead and yield much oil and baleen.

Consequently, early whaling in Australia took large numbers of southern right whales and now only a few hundred visit the Australian coast each year. The shapes of the white callosities on the head are unique for each individual and provide an easy means of identification. Southern right whales rarely strand. Size: 13 to 18 metres, average 15 metres.

Environmental Impact

What Type of Environment are we creating for our Marine life?
A large percentage of western society is now very disconnected from the food and environment chain. The food and water we use appears in houses “automatically” and we do not have to rely on the natural yearly season cycle to survive. This is also the case when we have waste. It is either out of sight and / or someone else’s problem. Hence, we are harming our marine environment at a rapid rate 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Often simple solutions would fix some of the issues, but little action and will is employed.

Cigarette Butts

The mathematics on the number of butts dumped onto the streets and into our sewers of towns and cities is staggering.

A percentage of these end up in the rivers and oceans. Others just leach the chemicals into the water and soil.

If one person smokes 10 cigarettes per day this turns into 70 Per week – 280 per month – 3360 per year – 33600 in 10 years.

If 100 people smoke 10 per day = 1000 per day – 7000 per week – 28000 per month – 336000 per year – 3360000 in 10 years
When you see the effects of this out to sea, it makes you sick to see what we are doing to the marine environment.

Plastics In Sydney Harbour ,

We are seeing a lot of plastics on boat ramps and in the water.

These include:
  • Plastic Drink Bottles
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Plastic bags large and small
  • Bottle tops
  • Protection packaging from top of medicine and supermarket food products
  • Lots of tennis balls
A large amount of this material can be recycled and is washed or blown into the harbour after rain and storms. All this is preventable from reaching the harbour water with the right measures in place.

Education, alternatives and adequate facilities would go a long way to address this problem, here and in many other places. # Plastic is light and floats easily so it can travel enormous distances across the oceans. Not all Plastics are  biodegradable, hence a plastic bottle can survive an estimated 450 years in the ocean and plastic fishing line can last up to 600 years.
Marine debris (also called litter) usually applies to floating waste such as: bottles, cans, styrofoam, commercial and recreational vessel waste, offshore oil and gas exploration and production facilities pollution, and fishing paraphernalia from professional and recreational boaters.

It can enter the water directly through dumping into bodies of water or indirectly through runoff via rivers and streams. While plastics are not toxic in quite the same way as poisonous chemicals, they nevertheless present a major hazard to seabirds, fish, and other marine creatures.
For example, plastic fishing lines and other debris can strangle or choke fish. In a 1996 study carried out in the remote Pitcairn islands in the South Pacific, scientists collected debris from a 2km length of beach. The record shows approximately a thousand pieces of garbage including 268 pieces of plastic, 71 plastic bottles, and two doll’s heads. top Plastic Bags
Over three billion HDPE plastic bags are imported into Australia yearly. These are by-product of the oil industry. In the marine environment plastic bag litter is lethal, killing at least 100,000 birds, whales, seals and turtles every year.

Logon to YouTube an search a video called " Addicted to plastic". You may shocked with  what the researchers found in the Pacific Ocean.

A Bryde’s whale died on after ingesting six square metres of plastic; including plastic bags. So next time someone asks you if you want a plastic bag: just say no . Every little decision will help our environment. Pollution of Plastic Bottles Click here to see PowerPoint Slideshow (.pps 2.7Mb) of plastic bottle pollution.

Sewage NSW is the biggest dumper of raw sewage in our oceans and rivers. Fact! Where we dump this sewage is right in the path of the Humpback whales migration path.

Sydney Water sends more than seven times the amount of primary sewage into the ocean than any other water utility, according to a Federal Government map of water use in Australia . It is one of only three water utilities still sending the lowest-quality waste water straight into the sea. The others are the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation and Western Australia’s Water Corporation.
All the other states put their waste water through secondary treatment, which removes between 85 per cent and 95 per cent of biodegradable material, and tertiary treatment, which removes solids as well as much of the remaining nutrients.

The Australian Water Association, found Sydney Water still discharges about 72 per cent of its waste as primary sewage rather than higher-quality secondary or tertiary treatment. Its Northern Territory counterpart dumped about 9 per cent of its sewage as primary sewage into the ocean. “It is high time to end the dumping of raw and partially treated sewage off Sydney ‘s coastline and recycle the water for industry and agriculture,” said the Federal parliamentary secretary for the environment, Greg Hunt.

This is what we create for our marine animals. Just as we cannot breathe dirty air, we are creating the same situation for our marine life. With fishing now banned for commercial purposes in Sydney harbour. We need to be much stronger on our environment agencies and governments to clean up the whole situation.

top Australia produces some of the largest amounts of Greenhouse gasses Australia is in the top 10 nations in the world for producing green house gases. This has contributed to rising sea levels have forced the relocation of an entire village in Vanuatu .
More than 100 residents of Tegua Island had to abandon their settlement for higher ground after major flooding made their village uninhabitable. This has been described as the first case in the world of the formal displacement of an entire human population because of global warming.

The UN Climate Conference has heard that this could be just the beginning of a trend in the region. Another 2,000 people on the Cantaret Islands off Papua New Guinea are planning to move to Bougainville Island because of similar flooding problems.

Humanity’s future is bound up with the oceans.

How well we understand and care for them and their living and non-living resources will, in a real sense, determine our own fate, as well as the fate of the planet as a whole. At present, the world relies heavily on the oceans for its food supply and other resources, with more than 130 million tons of fish consumed annually .

A recent report by the CSIRO indicates Australia will face some degree of climate change over the next 30 to 50 years, whether we reduce emissions or not. Many of these changes will be driven by the amount of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere.

Overall Just remember that every major town and city along the east coast is contributing to the environment problem. It is great to talk about it but the time for action is upon us.

It is everyone’s responsibility to act while we have the opportunity.

Whale Watching Links

  • Whales Online is a reference and news site dedicated to education for the conservation of whales and their natural habitat.
  • Whales Of Australia is a handy guide for whale watching enthusiast. 
  • The Oceania Project is a not-for-profit and education organisation dedicated to raising awareness about Cetacea (Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises) and the ocean environment.
  • The International Fund For Animal Welfare Is the world’s leading international animal welfare organisation. IFAW operations span four decades, with more than 200 experienced campaigners, legal and political experts, and internationally acclaimed scientists working from offices in 13 countries around the world. 
  • The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington DC on 2nd December 1946. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry. In addition, the Commission encourages, co-ordinates and funds whale research, publishes the results of scientific research and promotes studies into related matters such as the humaneness of the killing operations. 
  • Greenpeace
  • Whales Online
  • Whales Of Australia
  • Whales & Dolphin Conservation Society – WADCS 
  • WDCS Australasia is part of the global WDCS family and we concentrate our efforts on the region we live in – Australia, New Zealand, the Indian Ocean, Southwest Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean. Cetaceans in all of these regions, including within Australia and New Zealand experience a wide range of threats including the impacts of climate change, interaction with fisheries and over-fishing, noise pollution and industrial and military activities at sea, chemical pollution, plastic debris, captivity and harassment, whaling and habitat loss. We continue to work with WDCS international on our global campaigns against whaling and the captivity industry and have set ourselves goals to reduce specific threats to cetaceans in the region. 
  • The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is the government body responsible for developing and maintaining the parks and reserve system, and conserving natural and cultural heritage, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The NPWS is responsible for the marine welfare and care of all marine animals in NSW.

Eco Whale Watching Terms & Conditions

1. Making A Booking
When you make a booking, Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching reserves the right to:
  • Accept or reject the booking for any reason
  • Including, the unavailability of any product or service
  • All bookings must be confirmed prior to departure
To confirm your booking, a valid credit card number and expiry date must be provided. Your booking will not be confirmed unless we receive this information. You may place a booking by:
  • Post
  • Telephone
  • Online
Please make sure you record your confirmation for your records. If your booking is accepted, Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching will send you a confirmation letter or e-mail in writing of your booking.

2. Bookings
  • Bookings for the Eco Whale Watching Tours are valid solely for that year they are booked
  • Gift certificates are valid for that year of the whale watching season
  • Gift certificates are not refundable. See conditions below
  • Bookings can be paid for by Cash, Amex, MasterCard, Visa Card
  • All confirmed bookings must be accompanied by a valid credit card and expiry date. Once we have received your details we will email you a confirmation notice
  • If you do not attend as booked, you will have to pay the full amount of your tour price
  • No refunds are available if you have booked through an agent or agent website
  • The transaction for your booking through an agent is with your booking company/agent
  • The availability of products and services may change from time to time
  • Children will be 12 years old and under. All passengers over the age of 12 will be booked as an adult

3. Right To Cancel
Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching reserves the right to cancel the tour before and during the tour if:
  • The weather and/or the safety conditions are unacceptable
  • Ocean/sea conditions are unsafe
If the tour is cancelled, Australian Spirit Sailing/Sydney Eco Whale Watching will reschedule the tour at a mutually agreed date. This will be subject to availability and current bookings at the time. If the weather/ocean conditions are bad, unsafe or unsuitable to proceed, or a combination of conditions and the tour has to be postponed you can:
  • Transfer/reschedule this booking to another date/time
No refunds are given unless cancellation is 7 days before scheduled leave date. This is subject to current availability in Australian Spirit Sailing/Sydney Eco Whale Watching booking schedules. Credit card payments are processed before the charter. This applies to all tours and services including gift certificates.
4. Departure Points
  • Departure points may vary and will be confirmed on booking
5. Departure And Arrival Times
  • Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching reserves the right to vary and change departure and arrival times
  • Customers will be notified of the change
6. Tour Schedule
Winter departure times:
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Spring departure times:
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Departure point times may vary. Please check your booking confirmation information. Tour time may vary and will be confirmed on booking.

7. Departure Points
  • Sydney Aquarium
  • Pyrmont Bay
  • King St Wharf No. 9
  • Start City Casino Ferry Wharf
  • Mosman Ferry Wharf
  • Hayes St Neutral Bay Ferry Wharf
  • Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf
For large groups of exceptions we can permit a new pickup point.

8. Cancellations And Postponements
  • Any cancellation or postponement by the customer requires written notice to us, and written confirmation from us, that the booking is to be cancelled or postponed
  • Any cancellation or postponement by the customer which takes place 30 days or more prior to the departure date will incur a 10% administration fee
  • Any Cancellations by the customer which are received less than 30 days prior to the departure date will be subject to a 50% fee
  • Any Cancellations by the customer which take place within 7 days of the departure date will be charged the full tour fee
  • If you, the customer request that your tour to be postponed more than 7 days but less than 30 days before the departure date, a 25% administration fee will be charged
  • If you, the customer request that your tour to be postponed within 7 days of the departure date we will charge you a 50% postponement fee
  • You will have the opportunity to reschedule if you postpone. Your rescheduled Tour is subject to availability and current bookings at the time
  • Any cancellation or postponement by the customer of your rescheduled tour will result in forfeiture of all monies paid
  • There are no exceptions to our cancellation and postponement policy. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not proceed with your charter booking
  • Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching cannot be responsible for passengers’ failure to board the boat before the scheduled departure time. No refunds are payable for passengers who miss the boat under any circumstances

9. No Whale Sightings Policy

  • If we do not sight a whale during your eco whale watching tour, you will be entitled to one (only) free return tour
  • This must be taken during the winter or spring whale migration of that calendar year 
  • A coupon will be issued for this return tour
  • Coupons not redeemed in that current calendar year/whale migration period will lapse and not be valid
  • No refunds will be given for the coupons
10. No Alcohol To Be Consumed
  • For safety reasons, customers should not consume any alcoholic beverages before the eco whale watching tour
  • We reserve the right to refuse customers who have consumed alcohol prior to the tour without refund
  • No alcohol is to be consumed during the tour while we are outside of Sydney Harbour
11. Prices
  • Prices are subject to change and may vary without notice
12. Payment Methods, Credit Cards, Fees Charges And Taxes
  • Cash and Direct Deposit or Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX are accepted payment methods
  • We do not accept Diner Card
  • Visa, MasterCard and AMEX may incur up to 4% merchant fee on the full payment amount
  • Government Charges, Fees and Taxes (such as wharfing fees another charges) may be added to the full payment amount. These fees may vary from time to time, location to location
13. Gift Certificates
  • All Sydney Eco Whale Watching gift certificates must be taken during the winter or spring whale migration of that calendar year 
  • All gift certificates are non refundable in whole and part
  • All gift certificates are not transferrable in whole and part
  • All Australian Spirit Sailing Gift Certificates carry an expiry date
  • Gift Certificates must be used within 6 months or 12 months from the date of purchase depending on the gift certificate type and the purchase date
  • Gift certificates cannot be redeemed past the expiry date in whole or part
  • The maximum expiry time for all Australian Spirit Sailing gift certificates is 12 months from the date of purchase or as per the date on the gift certificate
  • Expired gift certificates are non-refundable in whole or in part
  • After a gift certificate has expired, it is no longer valid and all transaction attempts will be declined
  • Any unused value at the date of expiry will become the property of Australian Spirit Sailing Company
  • This gift certificate cannot be used in conjunction with any other Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching promotion offer
  • Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching will not accept responsibility or be liable for vouchers that are lost or stolen
  • A gift certificate can be redeemed only once
  • Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching will not redeem a gift certificate if, on presentation, our records indicate that this voucher or a voucher bearing the same reference number as that displayed on this voucher has already been redeemed or has not been issued
  • The expiry date is clearly displayed on all gift vouchers. This expiry date is final
14. Children
  • For safety reasons children must be 7 years and over
  • Children will be required to wear a lifejacket for the full length of the tour and while we are outside of Sydney Harbour. This is compulsory
15. Privacy Policy
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16. Limitation Of Liability
None of Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching, its related bodies corporate, any of their directors, officers, employees, or shareholders will in any way be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages (including in negligence), resulting from your use or your inability to use this web site. Where any legislation implies in these Terms and Conditions any term, condition or warranty, and that legislation avoids or prohibits provisions in a contract excluding or modifying the application of or exercise of, or liability under such term, condition or warranty, such term, condition or warranty shall be deemed to be included in these Terms and Conditions, however, the liability of Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching for any breach of such term, condition or warranty shall be limited, at the option of Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching, to any one or more of the following:
  • If the breach relates to goods
  • The replacement of the goods or supply of equivalent goods
  • The payment of the cost of replacing the goods or of acquiring equivalent goods
  • If the breach relates to services
  • The supplying of the services again
  • The payment of the cost of having the services supplied again
17. Exclusion Of Liability
We put a lot of thought and effort into making your recreational sailing and eco whale watching experience with us is a memorable one. While sailing and eco whale watching is a perfect recreational activity for your leisure or enjoyment, it can be dangerous to you and others with you. Sailing and cruising are sporting and recreational activities and can involve a significant degree of physical exertion or physical risk. Although we encourage you to enjoy our services and make the most of your sailing experience with us, you acknowledge the physical exertion, risks and possible injuries to you or others with you associated with participating in our products and services. We exclude all liability for death or personal injury arising from any failure by us to take due care and skill in performing our services and ensuring that our yachts are reasonably fit for use in our services. This exclusion of liability includes all of our employees, agents and any other person we may have working with us in providing our services to you. Subject to any rights imposed by law that cannot be limited or excluded:
  • All warranties or conditions implied by law are excluded
  • If implied warranties or conditions cannot be excluded, but limitation is permitted, our liability is limited to, in relation to goods, a refund of the purchase price actually paid, the replacement of the damaged product or the supply of equivalent product at our absolute discretion and, in the case of services, the supply of the services again or the payment of the cost of having the service supplied again
  • In no circumstances are we liable for special, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind including any loss of profit or of contract, even if you advise us of any special circumstances or such loss was reasonably foreseeable
  • This includes, but is not limited to, the transmission of any computer viruses or anything else (such as worms or trojan horses) that may interfere with or damage the operation of your computer system
  • The information on this website is liable to change and although we attempt to ensure that the content is current we do not guarantee its currency
  • In some cases, the laws of your location may apply to your online dealings with us and you may have additional legal rights
  • We always recommend that you seek local law advice if you have a complaint about us, however, we suggest that you speak to us first – that way you can see if we can resolve any complaint you may have
18. Release And Indemnity
  • You hereby waive, release, forgive, discharge and relinquish any and all claims (including, without limitation, any claims for death or personal injury) that you now have or may have in the future against Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching, its related bodies corporate, directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents and representatives which are connected with, arise out of, relate to or are incidental to any transaction with Sydney Eco Whale Watching or your use of this web site
  • You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching, its related bodies corporate, directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents and representatives harmless from and against any and all claims, loss, damage, tax, liability and/or expense that may be incurred by Australian Spirit Sailing Company/Sydney Eco Whale Watching, its related bodies corporate, directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents and representatives arising out of or in connection with the performance of its duties as described in these Terms and Conditions including the legal costs, fees and expenses of defending itself against any claim by any or all of the parties to any transaction and/or by any other person and/or as a result of you taking any action or refraining from taking any action or instituting or defending any action or legal proceeding
  • You further agree to indemnify and hold Australian Spirit Sailing Company /Sydney Eco Whale Watching, its related bodies corporate, directors, officers, employees, shareholders, agents and representatives harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of this web site, the violation of these Terms and Conditions by you, or the infringement by you of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity

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