When is the best time to see whales on the Gold Coast?

by Pip B
(Christchurch, NZ)

I am coming to the Gold Coast and I want to see whales. When is the best time to see whales on the Gold Coast? And what is the best way to see the whales?

Whale watching season on the Gold Coast is from June until end of October. The whales seem to arrive on queue late May and the whale watching tours gear up to start their trips from 1st June.

In the early part of the season you will see whales migrating north to give birth, in the middle of the season you will see whales going both ways! The whales coming south can include mothers and their newly born calves.

There are still whales during early November, but by that time, most have already made their journey home. Most whale watching tours stop on 31st October.

There are a few different ways to see the whales:

The best way to see the whales is on a tour because the operators know where to go to find the whales, are respectful of the whales and often give informative and interesting talks and guidance on not just the whales but other wildlife you will see during the tour. Tours are usually half days. There are several options to choose from for whale watching tours.

So the short answer to your question is anytime from June to late October is great to see the whales on the Gold Coast.


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