Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruises

Whale watching season in Gold Coast kicks off in June and lasts until October, making it the longest continuous season in Australia. Over 30,000 Humpback Whales swim unbelievably close to the coastline during this time. Whale watching in Gold Coast is a must-try for anyone visiting this iconic Aussie city. And whether it's your first or fifth time, watching these giants up close is an experience you just can't say no to!

For the best encounters with these majestic creatures of the ocean, nothing beats a purpose-built boat with expansive viewing decks. We’ve handpicked the top-rated cruises, ensuring 100% whale sighting guarantee! These whale watching cruises in Gold Coast promise an insightful experience with their commentary and expert marine team to guide you through the wonderful marine world! 

So, choose one of the popular whale watching tours in Gold Coast and experience the incredible spectacle of Humpback Whale migration from the closest vantage point possible! Book your spots now!

Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

When is the best time to go whale watching in Gold Coast?
Humpback Whales can be spotted along the shore anytime from June to October. However, August offers the highest probability as migration peaks during this period.

Where do whale watching tours depart from?
There are regular Gold Coast whale watching tours departing from Main Beach. You can also choose a tour departing from Surfers Paradise.

What should I bring on a whale watching cruise?
We recommend bringing jackets, closed-toe footwear, sunglasses, camera and any necessary seasickness remedies.

Are whale sightings guaranteed?
Most whale watching tours in Gold Coast offer a 100% whale sighting guarantee. In the unlikely event of no whale sightings, the respective operator typically offers a complimentary return cruise.

What is the Humpback Highway?
The Humpback Highway along Australia's east coast serves as a migration route for Humpback Whales during their annual journey. Winter sees the peak activity along this route as the whales head north to the Great Barrier Reef for breeding before returning south to the Antarctic accompanied by their newborn calves.

3.5Hr Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast tour onboard the only whale watching cruise departing from Surfers Paradise offering amazing sights of the humpbacks from up close.

Duration 4hr

From $79 $139

2.5Hr Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour

Enjoy a whale watching tour from Sea World offering you spectacular sights of the migrating whales of the Humpback Highway.

Duration 2hr

From $79 $139

2.5 Hr Gold Coast Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise

Cruise to the Humpback Highway on a Whale Watching Tour with Sea World and witness the migratory whales, dolphins and more up-close!

Duration 2hr

From $110 $129

2.5Hr Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise

Whale watching cruise to the Humpback Highway, led by a marine biologist. Get your dose of whale breaches, flukes & lots of fins! Only from May-Oct.

Duration 2hr

From $95 $109

2.5Hr Kokomo Whale Watching Cruise

See and experience the dramatic migration of Humpbacks along the Whale Highway aboard Gold Coast’s newest whale-watching vessel! Small group tour.

Duration 3hr

From $88 $108

2.5Hr Luxury Whale Watching Yacht Cruise

Enjoy an incredible encounter with Humpback Whales aboard a luxury super yacht. Informative commentary with lots of fun and games incl. June-November.

Duration 2.5hr

From $79 $99

3Hr Tweed Heads Whale Watching Cruise

Cruise out of Tweed Heads on a spacious 50ft vessel to see the migrating Humpback Whales up close! BYO snacks & drinks. Operates May to October.

Duration 3hr

From $95