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Whale Watching Tour from Brisbane

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Key Highlights

  • Watch humpback whales at play in the ocean
  • 100 per cent daily sighting record (guaranteed sightings or free return cruise)
  • State-of-the-art vessel with the Gold Coast′s only water level viewing deck for closest whale encounters possible
  • Bonus Gold Coast Waterways Canal Tour – valued at AUS$45
  • Expert commentary by marine naturalist
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits upon boarding
  • Extreme stability and fast cruise speed (to allow more time with the whales)
  • Transportation from Brisbane to Gold Coast
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Jun – 14 Nov: Daily


    Approximately 6 hours

    Start time

    Traders Hotel: 09:00am
    Opposite Bunk Backpackers: 09:05am
    Rendezvous Hotel: 09:10am
    Rydges Hotel: 09:10am

    Meeting Point

    Pick-up from selected Brisbane locations:
    Traders Hotel: 159 Roma St. Brisbane at 0900h (09:00am)
    Opposite Bunk Backpackers: 11 Gipps St. Fortitude Valley at 0905h (09:05am)
    Rendezvous Hotel: 255 Ann st. Brisbane at 0910h (09:10am)
    Rydges Hotel: 9 Glenelg st. South Brisbane at 0910h (09:10am)
    (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Get up close and personal with magnificent humpback whales and other exciting creatures on this thrilling cruise.

    Travel from Brisbane to Gold Coast and board Mahi Mahi, the most advanced whale-watching craft in the locality.

    On the way to the whale-watching grounds you will be treated to a cruise down the Nerang River to see the lavish houses of the rich and famous.

    Out in the ocean, have your camera ready for sightings of bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, giant loggerhead turtles and mighty humpback whales – as well as a range of sea-birds.

    Enjoy the unforgettable spectacle of the great humpback whales leaping out of the water. Often, you will be so close you can feel the waves rock the boat and hear their great tails slap the water.

    After the whale-watching adventure you’ll have time to explore Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast before the return to Brisbane.


    For your exciting Whale Watching Tour from Brisbane, you will be picked up by coach from selected Brisbane locations.

    You will arrive at the wharf at Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, where you board your whale-watching boat. Tea and biscuits are served as you come aboard. After a brief (and often entertaining) safety induction, you will set off on your ocean adventure.

    The vessel Mahi Mahi, is modern, large and spacious and specifically designed for whale watching. Three large viewing decks offer unobstructed viewing of whales, dolphins and other marine life. The ship is the only Gold Coast Whale Watching vessel with a unique water level viewing platform providing guests with the closest humpback whale encounters possible.

    The tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River. Gaze at the spectacular architecture as the crew point out the extravagant homes of the rich and famous. Your cruise continues past beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary.

    Every year between May and October, more than 12,000 humpback whales migrate to these warm sub-tropical waters to mate and give birth. They are thrilling animals to watch because they often leap right out of the water, a type of behavior known as ‘breaching’.

    The calm winter waters off the Gold Coast are also home to bottlenose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds. An on-board marine scientist will provide a fascinating commentary on everything you see.

    By about 12:30pm you will be back at the wharf. You then leave the boat and have 2 hours to sightsee around Surfers Paradise.

    At 2:30pm, you board your coach for the journey back to Brisbane. You will be dropped back at the pick-up point at around 3:30pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • Cruise in purpose-built whale-watching boat
    • English-speaking expert naturalist as guide
    • Morning and Afternoon Tea
    • The tour does not include lunch
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    All cruises are weather and number dependent (reschedule or full refund). The operator reserves the right to refuse entry, substitute the vessel or change the days itinerary or pricing without notice. All return times are approximate. Passengers travel at their own risk.

    Minimum number of passengers - 2
    Maximum number of passengers - 69

    Whale watching is a offshore activity, 0, 1 and 2 years old children are not recommended - child price applies

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Your tour operator has a 100 per cent daily sighting record (guaranteed sightings or free return cruise)
  • Reviews
    • wonderful experience, the crew were especially helpful & thoughtful

      Travelling with 2 young boys is always hard work , but with one having cerebral palsy especially hard. The crew were fantastic and especially thoughtful checking that everything...

      Hilary Davidson