3.5Hr Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Whale watching is a wonderful must-do attraction in Gold Coast, Queensland. The operator provides great whale watching cruises that will let you get as close as possible to the majestic whales in Surfers Paradise. 

This 3.5-hr cruise offers a scenic tour across the picturesque Nerang River and out into the Gold Coast Broadwater where you can see a variety of Humpback Whales at play. The cruise also includes a personalised service by an experienced and knowledgeable crew on board. 

During the cruise, you will get an opportunity to watch the magnificent Humpback Whales off the coast of Surfers Paradise on their annual migration. As you cruise over the Broadwater, the whales will breach and play alongside the vessel right in front of you. 

You will be cruising onboard a purpose-built stable catamaran Mahi Mahi that is best suited for whale watching. The vessel has a full walk-around deck combined with a water level viewing deck, which guarantees a rail-side position. 

Surfers Paradise is a seaside resort town on Gold Coast that is known for its beautiful beaches and waterways and its high-rise skyline. It is an extremely popular location among tourists because of its stunning beaches and amazing whale watching opportunities. 

Whales in Paradise is a private-owned whale watching company that began its operations in 2005, which was also the first in Gold Coast. They provide amazing tours from Surfers Paradise to see the magnificent whales off the Gold Coast. 

  • Departure
  • Cruise Inclusions
  • Additional Info
  • Terms Of Services

Departure Details

Departure Location River end of Cavill Avenue

  • Boards 08:00

  • Departs 08:30

  • Returns 12:00

Cruise Inclusions

  • 3hr (approx) whale watching cruise from Surfers Paradise
  • Cruise on the Mahi Mahi, a purpose-built vessel with a full walk-around deck and water-level viewing
  • Bonus sightseeing cruise along the Surfers Paradise canals
  • Expert commentary from the crew about the whales
  • Underwater hydrophones to listen to the whales sing
  • Well-stocked licensed bar with wines, beers & pre-mixed spirits
  • Guests can get photo ops at the wheel (subject to day’s conditions)
  • 100% whale sighting guarantee – come back for free if no whales are sighted

Dress Code

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Warm clothes
  • Sensible shoes
  • Sea sickness remedy if required

Additional Information

  • Please note Whale Watching Season is End of May to early November
  • Infants and children are welcome with responsible adult supervision.
  • Cruises will be cancelled upon the discretion of the cruise operator taking into account the weather conditions of the day.
  • Reschedule or full refund will be given
  • Please advise at time of booking in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the Shopping Cart if you are travelling with an infant
  • Please allow approximately 3.5-hr for this experience including boarding time
  • Boarding commences 20 minutes before scheduled cruise time

Terms Of Services

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  • Adult Price

    from $119

  • Child (2–13 years)

    from $79


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Duration 2hr

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