Be Prepared For The Seering Sun
This is MANDATORY! Always be prepared for the sun in the Gold Coast!
Quite simply you will need:
- Sunscreen (Factor 30 plus or stronger)
- Sunblock or zinc
- Wide brimmed hat
- Long sleeves (but you'll probably be wearing those anyway!)
- Water bottle
You can get burnt by the sun in the winter in the Gold Coast. In fact more easily than in the summer because you are not prepared for it.
Invisible zinc is great for your face and don't forget your ears.
Hats with a brim are better than caps as caps leave the sides of your face, neck and ears fully exposed. I think ears are the most neglected part of most people's sun protection routine.
Don't let your ears burn!
Hats are difficult things on boats as they can fly away in the wind. I'll leave that dilemma up to you to work out!
You will be out in the elements for a good couple of hours. Don't overlook this even if it is cold and the winter.
Drink lots of water. It is easy to dehydrate.
Be Prepared For The Spray
This is one caught me off guard and a few others too.
As soon as catamaran starts getting up to speed there is spray. There is more spray the rougher the weather or the stronger the wind.
Of course, you can go inside! If, however, you are like me you will want to be outside. See my tips about motion sickness and seasickness
The other time when you may get sprayed but you won't want to go inside
is when you are watching whales close by and they spray you with their whale spouts!
I thought whale spouts would be quite solid looking water spouts! How
wrong was I! The reality is they are very fine sprays but very
large sprays and they seem to be able to travel quite a distance.
A good waterproof jacket is an option. It will also protect you against the wind too.
Be Prepared For Being On A Boat
I know this may sound obvious, but wear clothes that are appropriate for a boat.
You need to be in comfortable clothes that you can easily move around
in. You don't want to be in short tight skirts or long flowing ones, ladies! The gentlemen may enjoy watching you spend the entire trip trying to keep from flying up! But you won't be concentrating on the reason you are there!
Sneakers or comfortable sensible shoes are the best options for boats
as well. You want to have sure footing as you move around.
What To Wear Whale Watching In Winter On The Gold Coast?
Personally, I would wear long trousers and take a pair of shorts to change into if
I was pleasantly surprised by the weather in the winter.
I would make sure I had layers, a body warmer jacket is a good option and long sleeves. My old faithful waterproof and windproof jacket would be in my bag. If it was really cold I might even take a beanie or woolly hat that covered my ears!
All the usual sun protection and sneakers for my feet.
What To Wear Whale Watching In Spring On Gold Coast Australia?
By spring I mean late September and October for whale watching purposes. I would probably wear 3/4 (Capri-style) pants or shorts if it was really warm. I would still take a fleecy top, or something warm for the top. Layers! If it was windy I would probably wear or take long trousers just in case.
I always carry a spray jacket (you may know this as arain mac, cagoule or windcheater) in my bag.
Sun protection at this time of the year is an absolute must before leaving the house. Face, nose and ears need to be covered well. Sunglasses and a hat are a must have.
I'd probably throw in a swimsuit and towel, not that you swim off the boat, but when you get back to dry land if the weather is nice you can find a beach and go for a swim!
Other Items To Pack For A Whale Watching Trip
As well as knowing what to wear whale watching I've put together a quick checklist of items to remember for your trip:
- Digital Camera with strap and bag
- Video Camera with strap and bag
- Lightweight water and wind proof jacket
- Sunscreen and zinc
- Jumper, sweatshirt or warm jacket
- Shorts to change into
- Sea Sickness remedy (I like Blackmores Ginger Tablets)
- Water bottle
- Snack - you'll be out for a couple of hours, although most boats have some small snacks for sale.
I hope you have enjoyed these tips on what to wear whale watching. If you have any more tips or ideas I'd love to hear them and with your permission I can even add them to this list!
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