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Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruises

Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruises

The gold Coast offers a range of scenic to suite everyone. From the convenience and style of the Sea World Ferry to the breathtaking encounters of our Whale Watching Cruises, each journey promises unique perspectives and unforgettable moments.

Sea World Ferry: Start your day with a scenic ferry ride from Surfers Paradise to Sea World. Enjoy the city skyline and luxurious waterfront homes en route to an exciting day at one of Gold Coast's premier theme parks.

90 Minute Cruises: Choose from our Morning, Afternoon, or Sunset Cruises for a 90-minute scenic journey along the Gold Coast waterways. These cruises offer a blend of relaxation, sightseeing, and wildlife encounters, complemented by engaging commentary and delicious complimentary snacks.

Gold Coast Lunch and Dinner Cruises: Indulge in the finest local produce with our Buffet Lunch Sightseeing Cruise or enjoy an elegant evening on our Dinner Cruise. Both offer stunning views, delicious food, and a serene atmosphere.

Aquaduck Safari: Experience the Gold Coast like never before on Australia's first amphibious Aquaduck ride, combining a city tour with a river cruise. It's fun, informative, and perfect for all ages.

Whale Watching Cruises: Embark on an awe-inspiring whale watching adventure with our Sea World and Kokomo Cruises. Witness the majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat, complemented by expert commentary and comfortable viewing platforms.

Whales in Paradise Cruise: Our 3-hour Whales in Paradise Cruise offers an intimate whale watching experience, with guaranteed rail-side viewing and limited passenger numbers. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Gold Coast waterways and the thrill of encountering these magnificent creatures up close.

Join us for an unforgettable journey on the beautiful Gold Coast waterways. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, our cruises are designed to offer memorable experiences for every traveler. Book your adventure today and discover the magic of the Gold Coast from its sparkling waters!

Sea World Ferry

Sea World Ferry | Depart from Surfers Paradise

Travel to Sea World in style with a daily ferry service departing from Surfers Paradise in the morning and returning from Sea World in the afternoon. Experience stunning views of the city skyline before a day at the theme park. On your return journey, retreat to the rooftop lounge and enjoy a relaxing beverage from the on board bar as you cruise back into Surfers Paradise.

Departure Location
Surfers Paradise Terminal: Departs from 58 Cavil Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Locates at the river end of Cavill
Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Best parking is at the Bruce Bishop Car Park or the Circle on Cavill Shopping Centre.

Sea World Terminal: Departs from 130 Sea World Drive, Main Beach. Locates the end of Sea World Carpark. Sea World Entry is not required. Free parking is available.

Getting to Sea World
Departs Surfers Paradise: 9am
Arrives Sea World: 9.35am

Departing Sea World
Departs Sea World: 4.15pm
Returns Surfers Paradise: 5pm

90 Minute Morning, Afternoon or Sunset Cruise

Surfers Paradise River Cruise

Enjoy a scenic 90-minute cruise along the beautiful waterways of the Gold Coast, available in three different options: Morning, Afternoon, or Sunset. These cruises depart three times daily from 63 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise, offering a unique perspective of the city's skyline and iconic landmarks.

Morning, Afternoon or Sunset Cruises
Each cruise provides a delightful experience with complimentary snacks and the choice of indoor or outdoor seating. A fully licensed bar is available on board, offering a range of beverages. The cruise is enhanced with engaging commentary, sharing fascinating facts and stories about Surfers Paradise and the Gold Coast. Additionally, there are opportunities for wildlife spotting, including dolphins and sea eagles, as you navigate past renowned sites like Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, and Sea World.

  • Morning Cruise (10:30am - 12:00pm)
  • Afternoon Cruise (2:00pm - 3:30pm)
  • Sunset Cruise (5:00pm - 6:30pm)

This cruise is suitable for all ages and offers a comfortable and informative way to experience the scenic beauty of the Gold Coast waterways.

Gold Coast Lunch Cruise

Gold Coast Buffet Lunch Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the Gold Coast's finest local produce and amazing views on this exclusive two hour Gold Coast's famous buffet lunch cruise. Lunch includes your choice of fresh local seafood, salads and more.

Departing from a convenient location on Cavill Avenue, you'll see famous Gold Coast landmarks from our comfortable top or lower deck. Relax & enjoy the tranquil atmosphere along with live commentary on local highlights such as South Stradbroke Island, Wave Break Island and others. 


  • One hour, forty five minute sightseeing lunch cruise – served on-board!
  • Delicious local trawler prawns, roasted chicken, freshly baked ham off the bone, freshly made salads, breads & fresh fruit platters
  • Entertaining and informative commentary
  • See famous local landmarks: Sea World, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and more
  • Departs from a convenient location in Surfers Paradise
  • Fully-equipped on board licensed bar for beverage purchases
  • Spacious, comfortable vessel
  • Open top level sun deck as well as fully air-conditioned lower deck

Gold Coast Dinner Cruise

Gold Coast Sightseeing Cruise with Buffet Dinner

A classy and upmarket 3hr dinner and sightseeing cruise aboard luxury catamaran MV ‘Spirit of Elston’. Departing from Sea World Cruise terminal, Main Beach, wind through the tranquil Gold Coast Broadwater taking in stunning views of the glittering Surfers Paradise skyline and regional highlights.


  • Buffet dinner & sightseeing cruise
  • 2.5 hours taking in the spectacular Surfers Paradise skyline
  • Live on board entertainment
  • Relaxing rooftop lounge with bar amenities
  • See famous local landmarks: Sea World, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and more
  • Departs from cruise terminal at Surfers Paradise
  • Fully-equipped on board licensed bar on lower deck for beverage purchases (beer, wines, cocktails)
  • Spacious, comfortable vessel
  • Open top level viewing deck as well as fully air-conditioned lower deck

Aquaduck Safari

Aquaduck Safari

Australia's first amphibious Aquaduck ride in Gold Coast offers a unique combination of a city tour and river cruise. This adventure starts in Surfers Paradise and has entertained over 2.2 million customers. It's an experience that blends sightseeing on land and water, making it a memorable activity for all ages.

City Tour
The journey begins on Cavill Avenue in the heart of Surfers Paradise. The tour takes you along the famous Surfers Paradise beach towards Main Beach, showcasing views of the Pacific Ocean, Southport Yacht Club, Marina Mirage, and the luxurious Palazzo Versace. During this part of the tour, you'll learn about the Gold Coast's history and landmarks as you head towards the Broadwater.

River Cruise
The Aquaduck truly shines when it splashes into the Broadwater for the river cruise segment. This part of the tour offers scenic views of the river, local wildlife, and the bustling activity on one of Australia’s busiest waterways. Children get a special treat as they have the opportunity to steer the Aquaduck and receive a Captain's certificate.

This unique Aquaduck experience is a perfect blend of education and entertainment, offering a comprehensive view of the Gold Coast from both land and water.

Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World

Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World on the Gold Coast

Experience a breathtaking whale watching adventure with Sea World Cruises, departing from Sea World in Main Beach, Gold Coast. This 2-hour cruise aboard the Spirit of Migaloo II, Australia’s newest and most advanced whale watching vessel, takes you just 20 minutes away to the Australian Whale Sanctuary near South Stradbroke Island. The cruise, operational from late May to early November, promises an intimate experience with Humpback Whales, thanks to the vessel's six external viewing platforms, tiered stadium seating, and limited passenger numbers.

Onboard, you'll find marine naturalists providing insightful commentary, air-conditioned indoor seating, and the unique opportunity to listen to live whale songs through an underwater hydrophone. The cruise guarantees whale sightings between June and October, enhancing the experience with complimentary tea and coffee.

Departures are four times daily from the Sea World Cruise Terminal, with free parking available. The journey begins with a safety briefing and an introduction to the Gold Coast's history. As you reach the humpback sighting grounds, expert whale watchers guide you in observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, engaging in playful and awe-inspiring behaviors. The cruise concludes with a serene return to Surfers Paradise, where you can have photos printed as souvenirs of your experience.

This family-friendly cruise offers special rates for families and welcomes children of all ages, with infants aged 0-2 traveling for free on laps. Essential items to bring include a camera, sunscreen, a hat, binoculars, warm clothes, and flat shoes. The cruise is wheelchair accessible and near public transportation. In case of poor weather, alternative dates or a full refund are offered. The tour accommodates a maximum of 150 travelers, and pre-booking is essential to secure your spot on this unforgettable Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World.

Kokomo Whale Watching cruise

Kokomo's Whale Watching cruise on the Gold Coast

Kokomo's Whale Watching cruise offers an exhilarating 2.5-hour adventure on the Gold Coast, perfectly timed with the humpback whale migration season from June to late October. Departing daily from Marina Mirage, this cruise takes you through the Gold Coast's pristine waters, where you can witness the majestic humpback whales, along with dolphins, sea turtles, and various seabirds in their natural habitat.

The cruise features a modern vessel equipped for both safety and comfort, ensuring a smooth journey. The highlights of the cruise include:

  • 2.5-hour duration, ideal for experiencing the marine life without spending an entire day at sea.
  • Live underwater camera, providing a unique view of the underwater world.
  • Engaging live commentary, offering insights into the behavior of whales and the natural beauty of the Gold Coast.
  • An intimate experience with limited guest numbers, ensuring personal attention and unobstructed views.

Departures are scheduled at 08:30 am and 11:30 am, with guests advised to arrive 15 minutes early at Marina Mirage. Onboard, you can enjoy amenities like a fully licensed bar and snacks, with the option to purchase professional quality photos to remember the experience.

Kokomo's Whale Watching Gold Coast cruise combines the thrill of close encounters with whales and the convenience of a well-equipped, comfortable cruise, making it an unforgettable experience for visitors to the Gold Coast.

Whales in Paradise Cruise

 Whales in Paradise Gold Coast Australia

The Whales in Paradise Cruise offers a remarkable 3-hour whale watching experience from the Gold Coast. This adventure starts with a scenic cruise through the Gold Coast Broadwater, enhancing the overall experience. Onboard a modern vessel designed specifically for whale watching, guests enjoy prime viewing opportunities with guaranteed rail-side viewing and limited passenger numbers, ensuring a personal and unobstructed view of the majestic humpback whales and their natural behaviors.

The experience isn't just about humpback whales; it also includes encounters with playful dolphins, green sea turtles, and various seabirds. Departing directly from Surfers Paradise, the cruise is easily accessible, making it a convenient option for an unforgettable marine adventure.

Key Features

  • 360º unobstructed views, providing the ultimate whale watching experience.
  • Informative commentary from a marine naturalist.
  • Complimentary refreshments like tea, coffee, and biscuits.
  • Small group sizes for a more intimate and enjoyable experience.

The cruise departs at various times throughout the day, starting as early as 7:00 am and as late as 2:30 pm, from a convenient check-in terminal located at the corner of Ferny Avenue and Cavill Avenue in Surfers Paradise. The cruise also offers special family-friendly rates, with details available on the booking form.

To join this half-day whale watching adventure, instant booking and mobile-friendly tickets are available. It's essential to book in advance to secure a spot, as turning up without a prior booking is not recommended.

News By Gold Coast Cruises

Whales in Paradise Offers Whale Watching Experience at Child Rates in June 2024

Whale Watching cruise on the Gold Coast

By Gold Coast Cruises

01 May 2024

This June, Whales in Paradise launches an exciting promotion for its whale watching cruise, allowing adults to experience the thrill at the child's price of just $79—a significant drop from the usual $119. Departing from Surfers Paradise, the adventure begins aboard the modern vessels, Mahi Mahi or Kiala, where passengers enjoy a panoramic view of humpback whales frolicking in their natural habitat.

The tour isn't just about whales; guests often spot dolphins, green sea turtles, and a variety of seabirds, making it a truly immersive marine experience. The boats offer rail-side viewing for an unobstructed look at these magnificent creatures, ensuring every moment is up-close and personal.

Beyond the sights, the cruise features informative commentary from a marine naturalist, morning tea, and views of opulent coastal homes. Plus, in the rare event that no whales are spotted, guests are offered a complimentary return ticket. With multiple departures daily, booking in advance is essential to secure this limited-time offer.

Gold Coast Cruises Reviews


Sarah Hart

We had a perfect sunny day for a beautiful and relaxing cruise. Lunch was outstanding, HUGE fresh prawns, fresh fruit & salads, ham off the bone.. delicious. Staff were professional, helpful & friendly. Highly rate this buffet lunch cruise for those looking for something nice & relaxing to do!


Patricia Azzopardi

Thank you to the crew for making our Sea Cruise along Surfers and Gold Coast a great experience. Buffet lunch was super, service was impeccable. Will do the night cruise next time we visit. This is a must.


Gold Coast Cruises

Cruises depart from 58 Cavil Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Locates at the river end of Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise. Best parking is at the Bruce Bishop Car Park or the Circle on Cavill Shopping Centre.