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Whales In Paradise

Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise

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(4.8)

31 reviews
  • Multiple departures available daily
  • See the humpback whales up close
  • Only cruise departing from Surfers Paradise
  • Uncrowded whale watch experience
  • See the homes of the rich & famous
  • Expert, knowledgable crew
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Location

Cruise along the waters off the Gold Coast spotting migrating humpback whales as they travel up and down the east coast. This scenic cruise departing Surfers Paradise will get you up close to these majestic animals as they swim and play in the waters just off the coast.

Out on the water for around 3 hours, you'll be treated to spectacular views of the beautiful Gold Coast region while also keeping your eye out for breaching, spy hopping and tail slapping humpback whales. Aboard a purpose built whale watching vessel, you'll be able to look out from the various platforms to spot whales, however, if you're cruise doesn't have sightings you'll be invited back on another cruise completely free of charge.

The cruise departs Surfers Paradise at 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The 7am cruise is also available on selected dates. This is a great cruise for visitors to the region and locals looking to get out on the water as it is the only cruise departing Surfers Paradise. With a friendly and knowledgeable crew and small tour groups on board, you'll be treated to a personalised and enjoyable whale watching adventure in one of the country's most popular destinations.

Note

  • The 2018 whale season has now finished. Check back soon for the 2019 whale watching tickets!

Inclusions

  • 3 Hour Whale Watching Cruise (available between late May - early November)
  • Morning or afternoon tea
  • Scenic waterways canal cruise valued at $35

Exclusions

  • Hotel transfers - you will need to make your own transport arrangements to the departure location in Surfers Paradise, only a short walk from all major Surfers Paradise hotels and the Cavill Ave Light Rail Station

Highlights

  • Watch the Humpback Whales at play against the spectacular backdrop of Surfers Paradise
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • Personalised service
  • Smaller numbers providing an uncrowded whale watching experience
  • ONLY whale watching vessel departing from Surfers Paradise
  • Cruising past homes of the Gold Coast rich and famous

What to Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Warm clothes
  • Sensible shoes
  • Sea sickness remedy if required

Tour Times

  • The cruise departs at 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. The 7am cruise is also available on selected dates
  • Boarding commences 20 minutes prior to your cruise departure time

Location

  • Departs from the river end of Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, only a short walk from all major Surfers Paradise hotels and the Cavill Ave Light Rail Station

Additional Information

  • Please note Whale Watching Season finishes early November
  • Whale Watch Cruise is not recommended for children under the age of 3 years
  • Guaranteed sightings or FREE return cruise
  • Cruises will be cancelled upon the discretion of the cruise operator taking into account the weather conditions of the day. Reschedule or full refund will be given
  • Please advise at time of booking in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the Shopping Cart if you are travelling with an infant

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
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Emma Tolcher 1 month ago Such a fantastic experience! The crew were fantastic: Lachlan, in particular, was very funny and had some great stories. We saw a pod of whales almost straight away and tracked them the whole time, even staying out slightly longer than scheduled! Would highly recommend!
Such a fantastic experience
Emma Tolcher 1 month ago

Such a fantastic experience! The crew were fantastic: Lachlan, in particular, was very funny and had some great stories. We saw a pod of whales almost straight away and tracked them the whole time, even staying out slightly longer than scheduled! Would highly recommend!

I went with my family and it was all our first-time whale watching
Tanya Hansen 2 months ago

I went with my family and it was all our first-time whale watching. It was a perfect day and we saw not only 1 whale but 3! The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. We would definitely do this again through Experience Oz as they had the best price. Thanks!

Super friendly crews and it was an awesome experience
Masaki Murakami 2 months ago

Super friendly crews and it was an awesome experience! It was also so nice to see whales in such a natural way. We saw three whales, male, female and baby one. The baby whale was born this year. The crews had so much information to share with us about whales and also about the Gold Coast. Also before reaching to the ocean the cruise go through the river and I enjoyed sightseeing the river mouth side houses.

We did the 8
Roxanne Webb 2 months ago

We did the 8.30am cruise and it was amazing. The staff were fantastic. They offered us sunscreen, morning tea and blankets if we were feeling cold. I love seeing the rich and famous homes. We saw dolphins and whales. I would highly recommend this cruise and I will do it again if I return to the Gold Coast. 10/10.

My review
遥 阿部 2 months ago

ゴールドコーストに来て始めて利用しました。前日の夜に予約しましたがすぐに予約ができとても良かったです。受付もスムーズでとても利用しやすかったです。英語が話せなくても日本人のスタッフの方だったのでとても安心して利用できました。チェックインしてから船に乗るまでの距離もとても近く良かったです。船に乗ってからは軽食やコーヒーが利用できて良かったです。クッキーがとても美味しかったです。船ではどこの席に座っても海が観れるので良かったです。船酔いする方は絶対に酔い止めが必要です。船の先頭に行けて海を見渡せるのが1番良かったです。また利用したいと思います。

We had an amazing time
Carolyn Lawrie 2 months ago

We had an amazing time! All the staff were friendly and super informative! We saw heaps of whales and my kids were impressed! 5 stars plus what an experience! Drinks, nibbles were available and free coffee and tea! I would recommend this to everyone!

We arrived for the 10
George Mitchell 2 months ago

We arrived for the 10.30am cruise and were advised that seas were higher than normal and were given the option to cancel and rebook, however, we decided to take the chance and did not regret it. The crew were very friendly and we took their advice regarding sea sickness tablets. (no issues for us!) The choppy seas did claim some victims but also meant that sightings were more likely. We were not disappointed and got to see some close-up action from mother and cub! Absolutely awesome to see these amazing creatures up so close. The commentary from the crew was very informative and they answered all the questions raised. Given they offer a 100% sighting guarantee, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this fantastic half day excursion. Great value for money, particularly if you use the discounted rates available through Experience Oz.

It was a good experience for me
Gloria Robledo 2 months ago

It was a good experience for me, we didn't see that many whales, but anyway it was ok, was a new experience. I want to mention that once in the Pacific Ocean, many people didn't feel very well. The crew was very kind and always helpful.

This was the most amazing gold coast experience
Terry Longworth 2 months ago

This was the most amazing gold coast experience. A really knowledgeable crew, including whale researchers onboard recording all details sighted on the journey. Tea, coffee biscuits and water were available on the scenic start and end river cruising part of the trip. The boat was well maintained, with comfortable seating for all guests, being a catamaran design is also very stable out on the open water. Highly recommended to all ages as my family of 6 from 3 generations all thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We were fortunate to have a mother and calf almost touch the side of the boat when stationary with the motors off. Truly unreal!

The cruise was a great experience for us all
William Courtenay 2 months ago

The cruise was a great experience for us all. Julie who was a whale expert was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of interesting background to whales and their plight worldwide. We were lucky to find a whale and it’s baby as well as dolphins. We also got info on the local real estate along the river which was interesting.

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