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Morning Whale Watching Tour from Gold Coast

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Key Highlights
  • Watch humpback whales at play in the ocean
  • 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
  • Guaranteed rail-side positions for those perfect photos
  • Expert commentary by marine naturalist
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits upon boarding
  • Extreme stability and fast cruise speed (to allow more time with the whales)
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Jun - 14 Nov: Daily


    Approx. 3.5 hours

    Start time

    7:30am and 11:00am

    Meeting Point

    Tour start from Sightseeing Cruise Terminal - River end of Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise.

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Experience close-up encounters with some of the most exciting animals in the ocean on this thrilling whale-watching cruise.

    Board the newly designed Mahi Mahi, the most advanced whale-watching craft on the Gold Coast, where you will be welcomed with morning tea and biscuits.

    On the way out 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, enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views from all three decks of your purpose-built vessel. Get your camera ready for sightings of the spectacular wildlife – bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, giant loggerhead turtles and mighty humpback whales – as well as a range of sea-birds.

    Enjoy the unforgettable sight of the playful humpback whales leaping out of the water, feel the waves rock the boat and hear their great tails slap the water.

    Your tour operator has a 100 per cent daily humpback whales sightings record! In the unlikely event you are unlucky you will be given a free return cruise.


    To join your exciting Morning Whale Watching Tour from Gold Coast, you should make your way to Sightseeing Cruise Terminal - River end of Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise.

    Boarding begins at 8:30am. 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 fascinating commentary on everything you see.

    By about 12:30pm you will be back at the Wharf, where the cruise ends.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Cruise in purpose-built whale-watching boat
    • English-speaking expert naturalist as guide
    • Morning and Afternoon Tea
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 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 an offshore activity so 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)

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