About Whale Watching Cruises from Brisbane & Gold Coast

Half Day Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Half Day Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Go in search of humpback whales on a whale-watching cruise off the shores of the Gold Coast. Onboard a custom-built boat with three viewing decks, enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pacific and listen to commentary about the whales and their ocean environment from a marine naturalist guide. Plus, float along the Spit to admire waterside homes. Small group sizes, guaranteeing rail side position. Select a departure time when booking.

Departure times & locations
Whale Watching Cruises are 3 hours in duration and depart at 7am, 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2:30 pm. Our check-in terminal is located right in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise, on the Cnr of Ferny Avenue and Cavill Avenue. Our boats, Mahi Mahi and Kiala, also depart from here.

Please arrive twenty minutes before the tour departs, so we can check you in and board on time.

Whale Watching & Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

Whale Watching & Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

Visit Surfers Paradise and take a whale-watching cruise on the Pacific during this day trip from Brisbane. Start with the cruise onboard a custom-built boat for spotting marine life. Glide along the Spit, and then look for humpback whales at play during their annual pilgrimage to the coast of Australia. Before the return drive to Brisbane, you have free time to explore Surfers Paradise.

Departure times & locations
Our friendly driver will meet you at the free pick-up points in central Brisbane at Bus Stop 125 Roma Street between 8:30am – 9:00am before driving to the Gold Coast for our 10:30am whale watching cruise. Please arrive twenty minutes before the tour departs, so we can check you in and board on time.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Travelling with children
Child ticket: Age 3-14. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Not recommended for children 3 years and under.

Family Friendly
We offer special rates for familes. Please check the booking for form for up to date family pricing.

What to bring

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

Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets

Check availability & book here to secure you spot. Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up on the day without a booking.

About Whales In Paradise

About Whales In Paradise

Whales in Paradise was the Gold Coast’s first whale watching tour operator and we pride ourselves on being pioneers in the local industry. We keep our tour groups to an optimal size, ensuring all of our passengers enjoy prime visibility and proximity to whales, dolphins, and the many other kinds of marine life we encounter. 

At Whales in Paradise, we don’t just offer a tour – but an experience! With friendly and professional staff and the most up-close-and-personal viewing decks on the Gold Coast & Brisbane, we guarantee you will enjoy an incredible day of whale watching with us.

Whale Watching Cruises from Brisbane & Gold Coast Reviews


Camberley Jenkna

I can not recommend this experience enough!!! I will be going again!!! captain Wayne was such an incredible host. a true gentleman and the most welcoming, engaging bloke. an absolute pleasure to be with on the journey. the photographer Mary brought an element of humor and so much personality which made the atmosphere so much fun. she was so down to earth and just gorgeous!!! the young lady who did the commentary throughout the journey was so informative and really engaged with the passengers. I loved seeing the way they showed such respect for these beautiful creatures that we had come to see. allowing them to approach us and not pushing their luck to get too close. the whales didn't seem bothered at all and were in fact, putting on one hell of a show for us!! absolutely breath taking. the vessel was in lovely order. very welcoming. not to mention the many seating options. top deck, front bow, beneath the upper level and they were happy for us all to stand (and hold on tight) when ever we pleased to enjoy the motion of the boat crashing into the waves! that alone was an incredible experience my rating is an easy 10/10 all round!!!! I will definitely be back!!! thank you so much to captain Wayne and his crew!!


Leanne Watkins

Great trip. The team were well organised and very knowledgeable with a whale researcher on board. We saw three pods of whales and were lucky enough to see them breach twice whilst we were out. Amazing to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat. We also saw dolphins on the way out. We had a running commentary of the houses on Millionaires Row which was amusing too. The icing on the cake was the captain letting the kids take charge of the boat on the way back. All in all a great experience that I would definitely repeat again. Thanks Whales in Paradise!


Whale Watching Cruises from Brisbane & Gold Coast

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