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Gold Coast Whale Watching Season is OPEN

Whale Watching season is now OPEN For Bookings on Gold Coast.

Whale watching tours have started up again for the 2017 Whale Watching Season. The season is open until end of October 2017.

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Whale Watching In Gold Coast

Whale Watching Gold Coast Options To Save Money

Humpback whales are the most amazing creatures to watch.There is no better way to see them, than right there on the water alongside them.

The Gold Coast has many options to see these beautiful mammals with several reputable tour operators who are careful in their approach to these graceful giants.

It can be confusing trying to figure out how to get the most from your holiday dollars with all the different things you can do.

However, there are some great combo passes which include Whale Watching with other attractions and activities.

Here are some of the best options available, scroll down for a wide range of options...

* If you read all the information or you get lost in it, you can always ask me directly anything I haven't covered. The easiest way is to email me through my contact form.

Current Top Options Whale Watching In Gold Coast

Here's a selection of the best current deals at the moment for the whale watching in Gold Coast. Please check here for all whale watching options including Coolangatta option for those staying in southern Gold Coast.

  • Sea World and Sea World Whale Watch Special Deal

    Sea World + Whales
    POPULAR OPTION

    This deal is ALWAYS POPULAR because it offers fantastic value if you want to visit Sea World theme park and go on a whale watching cruise.

    There are some special terms regarding the Sea World visit, so make sure to click more info and read on...

    Sea World Whale Watch
    & Sea World Entry Combo
    Great Value for Visitors

    Adult
    $178.00 $110.00
    Child (3-13)
    $141.00   $90.00
    Family (2A 2C)
    $561.00 $350.00


     

    Sea World Whale Watch & Sea World Entry Combo

    Sea World Whale Watch Season Options

    Sea World Whale Watching Cruise
    PLUS Entry to Sea World Gold Coast theme park*

    This popular deal is particularly good if you only want to visit Sea World (and not Movie World).

    If you want to visit both these theme parks, there may be better options for you by getting a combination theme park pass, and then looking at either just the Sea World Whale Watching or else choosing one of the other great value Whale Watching options.

    Sea World Whale Watch is a popular option, because it is easily recognisable, it has a large boat and is backed by the professionalism of Sea World.

    * This deal requires you to be quite organised with your holiday itinerary because of the terms surrounding the Sea World Entry. You have to pick up your Sea World Entry ticket at the cruise terminal AND may only use it on the day before your cruise, the day of your cruise or up to 2 days immediately following your cruise.

    Sea World Whale Watch Cruises are now available in the morning from 10am to 12.30pm or afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.

    In order to get the most value out of this amazing combination deal, I recommend you book your Sea World Whale Watch cruise early in your holiday and plan to go to Sea World theme park either the day before your cruise or on one of the two days the following your cruise. This allows you to have a full day at Sea World.

    However, if you have a short holiday and not much time, you can do the morning cruise and then have the afternoon from 12.30pm through to 5pm at Sea World. Or go to the theme park in the morning and then go on the cruise at 2pm.

    You will need to arrange transfers to get to the Sea World Cruise Terminal - which is in the car park of Sea World. You can use the standard Sea World theme park transfer for the morning cruise.

    This season there are two cruises daily. The morning cruise departs around 10am returning around 12.30pm. The afternoon cruise departs around 2pm returning around 4.30pm. All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, which is why I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand and book in your cruise early in the vacation, in case it has to be rescheduled. It would be terrible to miss out on seeing the whales.

    Sea World offers the following guarantee: 'Guaranteed sightings or full refund will be provided except during the months of May and November'

    Sea World + Whale Watching Cruise
    Adult $110
    Was
    $178 SAVE $68 per adult

    Child (3-13 years) $90
    Was
    $141 SAVE $51 per child

    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $350
    Was
    $561 SAVE $211 per family

    Sea World Whale Watch PLUS Sea World Entry

    More Sea World Options

    Sea World Whale Watching Cruise
    Adult $99
    Child (3-13 years) $79
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $300


    Sea World Whale Watch

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own vouchers. Mobile Vouchers Accepted.

  • Whale Watching From Surfers Paradise Great Season Opening Deal

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    EASY ACCESS - GREAT VALUE

    These cruises go from the heart of Surfers Paradise, so you don't need transfers! Departs 4 times per day - two in the morning morning, a midday and an afternoon departure.

    Click for more info or BOOK NOW...

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    3½ hours inc. Canal Cruise
    Great Value & Options for Visitors

    Adult
    $99.00
    Child (4-14)
    $69.00
    Family (2A 2C)
    $267.00


     

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watch

    Whales in Paradise Cruising

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching Cruises
    4 Cruises Per Day For Great Flexibility

    This is the only whale watching cruise that leaves from the centre of Surfers Paradise.

    If you are staying in Surfers, Broadbeach, Main Beach or even Southport, you can either walk (Surfers Paradise only) or take the new G:Link or a bus to this cruise. No need to use an attraction transfer for this one!

    If you need to drive, you can easily park across the road, under Circle on Cavill or Chevron Renaissance. Parking charges will apply.

    There are a couple of great advantages for this whale watch including the convenience of the departure location, a bonus canal cruise to see the houses of the rich and famous from the Gold Coast before you head out to see the whales and the flexibility to choose one of 4 daily cruises to see the whales.

    Cruises are just over 3 hours and depart at 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm daily. You need to be checked in at least 20 minutes before departure.

    This whale watching company offers the following guarantee: 'Guaranteed whale sightings or free return cruise.'

    All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, which is why I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand.

    Book your cruise before you arrive in Gold Coast and make sure it is early in the vacation.


    This is in case it has to be rescheduled due to weather conditions - it would be terrible to miss out on seeing the whales.

    BE QUICK. Click for more info or BOOK NOW

    Whale Watching from Surfers Paradise
    Adult $99
    Child (4-14 years) $69
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $267

    BOOK NOW 

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own or use mobile vouchers.

All whale watching options and combos Click Here. Other options include Dreamworld one day entry and SkyPoint Observation Deck combined with watching the whales.

Let's go through some scenarios to work out which might be your best option.

Planning To Get The Best Value From Whale Watching Gold Coast & Other Activities

You are going to need to decide upfront which theme parks you want to visit during your stay on the Gold Coast. They best way to try to explain is to use some scenarios.

Extra Note on Deals & Combos

Sometimes there may be temporary deals which may be better than those shown below, so I suggest you check out the whale watching deals and combinations and then check out the theme park deals and combinations to work out what works best for you.

Dreamworld Plus Whales (and other options!)

If you want to go to Dreamworld and do whale watching, this is an awesome option. With 5 choices of daily whale watch cruises departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Huge savings - this is a great deal : Whale Watching Plus Dreamworld Entry

Combine this with either of the passes below to truly super size this deal and visit Dreamworld, MovieWorld, SeaWorld, Wet n Wild AND go whale watching. Even if you only went to Sea World or Movie World on the passes below, this would still be an incredible deal.

 Combine Dreamworld & Whales Pass with VIP MAGIC Pass which includes unlimited entry (to 30 June 2018) to Movie World, Sea World and Wet n Wild and Paradise Country Aussie Farm Experience. This combination gives you bonus entry to Paradise Country and creates a great itinerary of activities for 5½ or more.

Be sure to read all the requirements so you are not disappointed. Here are some other combinations to go with the Dreamworld & Whales Pass:

  • Incredible Value with VIP MAGIC Pass unlimited entry to until 30 June 2018 for just $99.00 per person includes entry to Movie World, Sea World, Wet n Wild & Paradise Country.
  • OR
  • or consider the less expensive option with multiple entry over 7 days to Sea World, Movie World and Wet n Wild with the 7 Day Fun Pass $88.00 per person

Sea World Theme Park Plus Whale Watching

If you only want to go to Sea World for one day and do whale watching, then you really cannot beat the Sea World Whale Watch & Entry Pass Combo deal as THE BEST value. This is true whether you are an individual or a family who fits in to the 2 Adults and 2 children (3 to 13 years) catergory.

Sea World Whale Watch does not permit children under 3 years on their whale watching cruises.

You can fit this all on one day with either the morning or afternoon cruise, but to get the most out of this I recommend you take the whale watching cruise on one day and then either go to Sea World on the day before your cruise or on one of the two days after the cruise. This way you will get maximum value from this with a half day whale watching cruise and a full day at Sea World.

Sea World Whale Watching Plus Sea World Entry Combo
Adult                     $110.00 - SAVE $68
Child (3-13)             $90.00 - SAVE $51
Senior (Aus/NZ)       $100.00 - SAVE $52
Family (2A 2C)      $350.00 - SAVE $211

Book Sea World Whale Watch Cruise NOW

Sea World Plus Whales & Dreamworld or WhiteWater World

If you want to go to Dreamworld and/or WhiteWater World as well as doing the whale watch and Sea World, then it is really easy.

The Sea World Whale Watch Cruise & Sea World Entry combination gives you access to the great savings you see above, and you can then select the right Dreamworld day ticket or World Pass.

You can select single entry day tickets (with a family ticket option), a fixed length (3 or 7 day entry) pass that includes entry to Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint Observation Deck. or a longer Unlimited Entry Pass to a set date.

There is no duplication with this and the savings are large.

Whale Watching PLUS Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

If you love animals then this one is a crowd pleaser! Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of my MUST DOs with visitors. If you want to cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos and emus by hand and see lots of Australian animals, then this is a full day for all the family to enjoy.

Whale watching from Surfers Paradise departs daily at 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm and includes a bonus canal cruise.

Your Currumbin Wildlife ticket will give you entry to the sanctuary and I suggest planning to spend a whole day at this attraction - there are many shows to watch as well as animals to see and activities to take part in.

Whales & Wildlife Pass
Adult                     $100.00 - SAVE $44
Child (0-14)             $75.00 - SAVE $29
Family (2A+ 2C)      $345 - SAVE $55  

Check Out and Book Whales & Wildlife Pass NOW

Combine this pass with a combo theme park pass for extra value and a pretty full holiday itinerary!

Whale Watching PLUS Sea World, MovieWorld and/or Wet n Wild

This is the most complicated of all the options if you want to go to Sea World and Movie World and/or Wet n Wild World as well as doing a whale watch.

The best options for visiting more than one of these theme parks are:

  • VIP MAGIC Pass unlimited entry to until 30 June 2018 for just $99.00 per person includes entry to Movie World, Sea World, Wet n Wild & Paradise Country.
  • OR
  • A cheaper option is 7 days to Sea World, Movie World and Wet n Wild with the 7 Day Fun Pass $88.00 per person

If you choose any of these options, then you are doubling up on your Sea World Entry if you get the Sea World Whale Watch & Sea World Entry pass.

You can either purchase just the Sea World whale watching ticket or you can consider one of the other whale watching deals.

A particularly good option to consider if you want to visiting two or three of the these theme parks, do a whale watch AND do Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is to get the theme park passes plus the Whales & Wildlife Pass which has great savings and a family pass option.


These are just our main selections from the whale watching options available. Check out these and other options here.

Current Top Options Whale Watching In Gold Coast

Here's a selection of the best current deals at the moment for the whale watching in Gold Coast. Please check here for all whale watching options including Coolangatta option for those staying in southern Gold Coast.

  • Sea World and Sea World Whale Watch Special Deal

    Sea World + Whales
    POPULAR OPTION

    This deal is ALWAYS POPULAR because it offers fantastic value if you want to visit Sea World theme park and go on a whale watching cruise.

    There are some special terms regarding the Sea World visit, so make sure to click more info and read on...

    Sea World Whale Watch
    & Sea World Entry Combo
    Great Value for Visitors

    Adult
    $178.00 $110.00
    Child (3-13)
    $141.00   $90.00
    Family (2A 2C)
    $561.00 $350.00


     

    Sea World Whale Watch & Sea World Entry Combo

    Sea World Whale Watch Season Options

    Sea World Whale Watching Cruise
    PLUS Entry to Sea World Gold Coast theme park*

    This popular deal is particularly good if you only want to visit Sea World (and not Movie World).

    If you want to visit both these theme parks, there may be better options for you by getting a combination theme park pass, and then looking at either just the Sea World Whale Watching or else choosing one of the other great value Whale Watching options.

    Sea World Whale Watch is a popular option, because it is easily recognisable, it has a large boat and is backed by the professionalism of Sea World.

    * This deal requires you to be quite organised with your holiday itinerary because of the terms surrounding the Sea World Entry. You have to pick up your Sea World Entry ticket at the cruise terminal AND may only use it on the day before your cruise, the day of your cruise or up to 2 days immediately following your cruise.

    Sea World Whale Watch Cruises are now available in the morning from 10am to 12.30pm or afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.

    In order to get the most value out of this amazing combination deal, I recommend you book your Sea World Whale Watch cruise early in your holiday and plan to go to Sea World theme park either the day before your cruise or on one of the two days the following your cruise. This allows you to have a full day at Sea World.

    However, if you have a short holiday and not much time, you can do the morning cruise and then have the afternoon from 12.30pm through to 5pm at Sea World. Or go to the theme park in the morning and then go on the cruise at 2pm.

    You will need to arrange transfers to get to the Sea World Cruise Terminal - which is in the car park of Sea World. You can use the standard Sea World theme park transfer for the morning cruise.

    This season there are two cruises daily. The morning cruise departs around 10am returning around 12.30pm. The afternoon cruise departs around 2pm returning around 4.30pm. All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, which is why I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand and book in your cruise early in the vacation, in case it has to be rescheduled. It would be terrible to miss out on seeing the whales.

    Sea World offers the following guarantee: 'Guaranteed sightings or full refund will be provided except during the months of May and November'

    Sea World + Whale Watching Cruise
    Adult $110
    Was
    $178 SAVE $68 per adult

    Child (3-13 years) $90
    Was
    $141 SAVE $51 per child

    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $350
    Was
    $561 SAVE $211 per family

    Sea World Whale Watch PLUS Sea World Entry

    More Sea World Options

    Sea World Whale Watching Cruise
    Adult $99
    Child (3-13 years) $79
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $300


    Sea World Whale Watch

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own vouchers. Mobile Vouchers Accepted.

  • Whale Watching From Surfers Paradise Great Season Opening Deal

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    EASY ACCESS - GREAT VALUE

    These cruises go from the heart of Surfers Paradise, so you don't need transfers! Departs 4 times per day - two in the morning morning, a midday and an afternoon departure.

    Click for more info or BOOK NOW...

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching
    3½ hours inc. Canal Cruise
    Great Value & Options for Visitors

    Adult
    $99.00
    Child (4-14)
    $69.00
    Family (2A 2C)
    $267.00


     

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watch

    Whales in Paradise Cruising

    Surfers Paradise Whale Watching Cruises
    4 Cruises Per Day For Great Flexibility

    This is the only whale watching cruise that leaves from the centre of Surfers Paradise.

    If you are staying in Surfers, Broadbeach, Main Beach or even Southport, you can either walk (Surfers Paradise only) or take the new G:Link or a bus to this cruise. No need to use an attraction transfer for this one!

    If you need to drive, you can easily park across the road, under Circle on Cavill or Chevron Renaissance. Parking charges will apply.

    There are a couple of great advantages for this whale watch including the convenience of the departure location, a bonus canal cruise to see the houses of the rich and famous from the Gold Coast before you head out to see the whales and the flexibility to choose one of 4 daily cruises to see the whales.

    Cruises are just over 3 hours and depart at 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm daily. You need to be checked in at least 20 minutes before departure.

    This whale watching company offers the following guarantee: 'Guaranteed whale sightings or free return cruise.'

    All cruises are dependent upon weather conditions, which is why I always recommend you plan your itinerary for your holiday beforehand.

    Book your cruise before you arrive in Gold Coast and make sure it is early in the vacation.


    This is in case it has to be rescheduled due to weather conditions - it would be terrible to miss out on seeing the whales.

    BE QUICK. Click for more info or BOOK NOW

    Whale Watching from Surfers Paradise
    Adult $99
    Child (4-14 years) $69
    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $267

    BOOK NOW 

    Outstanding Value - no credit card or booking fees. Print your own or use mobile vouchers.

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