Half-Day Whale Watching And Canal Cruise From Surfers Paradise

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm, Boarding starts 20 minutes prior to cruise departure
  • Departure Details :
    58 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See magnificent humpback whales at play on this half-day cruise from the Gold Coast. You'll enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views from all three decks of your purpose built vessel and the experienced crew, including a marine naturalist guide, will provide the closest whale encounters possible. Small group sizes, guaranteeing rail side position which makes it one of Gold Coast's most intimate whale watching experiences.


  • Family friendly
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Board your state of the art vessel in Surfers Paradise. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.

Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. With three departures per day you'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience.

Seasonal: June to October


Commentary by a marine naturalist

Coffee and biscuits


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not recommended for children 3 years and under

100% guarantee of whale sightings or receive a free return cruise

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Jul-2019

    Staff were amazing, captain was funny and informative, saw plent of whales although they didn’t breach it was still exciting

  • 02-Sep-2018

    We were lucky to have good weather for this cruise, and saw quite a lot of whales. They seemed to be showing off near the boat.

  • 01-Dec-2017

    it was not value to money at all to spend 100 USD for an unlucky trip rarely to see clearly the Whale

  • 23-Jul-2017

    A wonderfully organised trip. The crew made all efforts to track the ever elusive humpback whales. We had a fair share of viewing. At. the end returned quite satisfied. Posting a couple of photos

  • 11-Jul-2017

    Luckily, I can see 8-10 whales swimming across the sea. Though, it is far away from the whales, but it is considerate !

  • 02-Jul-2017

    This tour was well organised and very professional. Weather was kind to us and we were able to come across a number of whales. They were not very active bit it was great to be up close and in their environment. Wayne and his team did all to find the whales and spent extra time seeking out different ones to get the opportunity for some action.

    All was great and then on the way home the most amazing event took place when wayne came across a new born calf thrashing around trying to breath and start to swim. Just fantastic to watch mum come to the rescue time and again to get her calf working and surviving. Over a period all stabilised and they went off as mum and calf.


  • 12-Jun-2017


    No jumps. No splashes. No tails.

    Though seeing a few whales but none showing its tail way down to the water. Half of the people in the lower deck having naps during the trip. May be it is too early for whale watching.

    P.s- We neither see any dolphins nor turtles.

    P.s.- biscuits in the boat are tasty. Should try some

  • 11-Jun-2017

    It was awesome!! The crew are very experienced and informative. I had seen around at least 10 humpback whales that day!!

  • 15-Apr-2017

    dizzy sea but good experience cos we saw a dancing whale infront of us

  • 06-Nov-2016

    Saw a whale and her calf immediately and stayed with them for the duration of the trip. The driver was excellent- really informative. Top tip: sit on the top deck on the right- best views and least choppy feels.

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