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Gold Coast Whale Watching Season is CLOSED

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

Whale watching tours will start up again for the 2018 Whale Watching Season in late May to early June 2018. The season usually runs from June to end of October 2018.

If you want to get out on the water whilst on the Gold Coast why not check out Gold Coast Cruise Options. Several of the Whale Watching boats run cruises during the off season.

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Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour Operators

There are several established whale watching cruise operators on and around the Gold Coast.

We don't cover every single whale watch operation in the Gold Coast, only the ones we think offer something different or unique.

That might be more technology, a hydrophone, smaller boat, larger boat, good viewing options, good customer service, departure points or departure times.

One thing is totally undisputed. They share a common bond and seem to work together to ensure that you, the paying customer, gets to have a great whale watching experience.

The whales have it, for sure! Just get out there and enjoy them on one of these operators.

For a full round up and more information to help you select the right one for you check out:

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Suggested Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour Operators

Here's a quick run down of our suggested tour operators in the Gold Coast shown by location.

Whale Watching Cruises leaving from Surfers Paradise and Main Beach include:

For the southern end of the Gold Coast the main departure point is in Coolangatta/Tweed Heads.

  • Coolangatta Whale Watch - Coolangatta Whale Watch From Tweed Heads South (just over the border in NSW) used to be called Aquatic Blue Charters

Whale watching tour operators also depart from Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.



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Departure Time for Gold Coast Whale Tours

The earliest tour departure time is 8.30am* with the latest being at 2.30pm.

Be sure that you get the time you need to be there for boarding, not the times the boats depart, you will need to be there at least 30 minutes prior to the departure times and bookings are essential.

Please note: each year the boat times change, I try to update them at the beginning of each season. These are updated for 2017 with the information to hand in early May. Please check when booking, that information should be correct! Some cruise operators create additional tours from time to time, but they may not be for the whole season.

8.30am Cruise (8.10am Boarding)

8.30am Cruise (8.00am Boarding)

Coolangatta Whale Watch - Tweed Heads South

9.00am Departure (8.30am Boarding)

Tall Ship Whale Watching Gold Coast - Fisherman's Wharf Main Beach

10.00am Departure (9.30am Boarding)

Sea World Whale Watch - Sea World Car Park, Main Beach

10.30am Departure (10.10am Boarding)

12.30pm Departure (12.10pm Boarding)

2.00pm Departure (1.30pm Boarding)

2.30pm Departure (2.10pm Boarding)


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Where do the Whale Watching Tours leave from?

The main tours and cruises on the Gold Coast depart from Main Beach or Surfers Paradise. There are also tours from other locations.

Main Beach

Marina Mirage/Fisherman's Wharf

Sea World Terminal in Sea World Car Park

Surfers Paradise

Coolangatta and Tweed Heads

Brisbane

Sunshine Coast

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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