Whale Watching On Gold Coast

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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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Whale Watching In Gold Coast

As I mentioned above, you probably will not visit the Gold Coast JUST for whale watching.

However, if you are visiting during the season: JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER...

Getting out on the water SEEING the WHALES IS A MUST DO!

Reviews of previous whale watching visitors, usually rate the experience as one of the best of their life. You'll see words like magnificent and incredible.

And whilst some people aren't too good on boats and get seasick, you will still find them saying wonderful things about the whales.

Let's get this clear - it's ALL ABOUT THE WHALES!

My purpose in writing about this here, is to get you to add seeing the whales to your itinerary. I firmly believe you will thank me for making the point ;-)

First things first, it's really important to book ahead as tours get busy especially during peak times.

When you book, you'll need to select your date, and I suggest you schedule it early in your stay just in case it has to be rescheduled due to poor weather conditions for watching the whales and going out on a boat.

I am getting a little ahead of myself, you probably need to know more about whale watching, what the options are, and how to select the right cruise for you or combination of cruise and other activities.

If you need any more convincing to put whale watching on your itinerary whilst on the Gold Coast... read on, I have answers to many of your questions*, stories, pictures, videos and lots of hints and tips.

Whilst there are other operators, we only suggest a few on the Gold Coast otherwise the choice can become overwhelming!

* 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.

Whale watching in Australia includes the majestic humpback whales and other species.

The Gold Coast is a top spot to watch the whales during the Australian whale watching season. The Gold Coast has the longest season with whales migrating north during June, July and August and returning home from August, September and October

Choosing Your Whale Watch Cruise

Preparing For Whale Watching & Other Questions

  • Hints and Tips - a must read BEFORE you go on your whale watching tour includes general tips as well as ones about photography and other things you might not think about.
  • What should I wear? - suggestions for what to wear depending on the weather conditions - and this one is NOT just for the ladies!
  • What if I get seasick? - some tips about what to look out for in choosing your cruise and in preparation for going on your trip.

Whale Watching Questions And Information

Whale watching season runs through June, July, August , September and October. Check out those links to find out more about visiting the Gold Coast during these months.

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

    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

    $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
    $178 SAVE $68 per adult

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

    Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $350
    $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

    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

    Child (4-14)
    Family (2A 2C)


    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


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

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