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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

Ron H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Whales in Paradise was a perfect choice for whale watching. The small group tour was well managed with free time in Surfers Paradise followed by more than an hour with three frolicking whales, including several close encounters. Highly recommended

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!

Denise M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

Well organised trip. Staff friendly and informative. Saw lots of whales. Well worth doing.

Grace C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

It was overall good experience, except a cancellation made by your side.


4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

The tour was great! Got to see multiple whales!
The snacks provided onboard the ferry was just average. Hopefully, more improvements will be made with regards to the snacks provided.

Christin W

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Cruise was great but organization was poor. The boat holds 320 people and there were long lines and not enough seating. Get in line early. The buffet had chicken, pasta, salad and bread. The food was above average but not very creative. The welcome drink was either a champagne punch or a Becks.

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