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Tour code: 5087BNEWHALE
Visit Surfers Paradise and take a whale-watching cruise on the Pacific during this day trip from Brisbane. You’ll start with the cruise on board a custom-built boat for spotting marine life. Glide along the Nerang River canals, and then look for humpback whales at play during their annual pilgrimage to the coast of Australia. Before the return drive to Brisbane, you’ll have a little free time to explore Surfers Paradise.


  • Watch whales at play on a Gold Coast whale-watching cruise
  • Admire luxurious homes along the canals
  • Hear commentary from a marine naturalist
  • Enjoy coffee and biscuits
  • 100% guaranteed whale sighting or receive a free return cruise
  • Cruise limited to 65 people
  • Explore Surfers Paradise on your own during a little free time

What You Can Expect

Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

Your day trip starts as you depart Brisbane for the drive south to Surfers Paradise, where you’ll hop aboard your purpose-built whale-watching boat. While you cruise along the canals of the Nerang River, listen to a few safety instructions from crewmembers, who will point out luxurious homes along the scenic Gold Coast waterway.

Cruise past South Stradbroke Island and into the Australian Whale Sanctuary, a protected piece of the ocean surrounding Australia that’s part of the annual migration of humpback whales, who make their way to these subtropical Pacific waters to give birth every May to October. Keep your eyes peeled for the whales, who may show off with jumps and splashes, as well as other marine life such as loggerhead turtles, orcas, dolphins and seabirds.

Learn about the wildlife and their marine environment from your onboard naturalist guide, and then return to shore for 45 minutes of free time in Surfers Paradise, where you can shop in the boutiques or hang out on the beach before making the return drive to Brisbane.

Customer Reviews

Jill H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Outstanding crew extremely knowledgeable. Saw many whales, as promised.

Esther j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

wonderful, fantastic......awesome

Valerie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great day trip from Brisbane. Whale - yes just one but kept visiting- turned up. Well worth it.

RoelZ Netherlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

very good

sally p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Amazing experience, very friendly staff highly recommend it!

Mariana E

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Nice trip... wish I had seen more of the whales rather than just the hump and tail.

Deborah W

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Great tour!

More time at Surfer's Paradise would be great we only had 50 minutes there.


4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Amazing cruising from the river to ocean view. Down size was wasting time to find where the whales were.

Nevin P

4 star rating: Recommended September 2011

Whale watching was really good but after that we got only 2 hrs, not sufficient to have a look around in Gold coast. Would recommend it..

Vanessa O

4 star rating: Recommended October 2010

Fantastic trip. Loved seeing the whales!!
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