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Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane

Brisbane City, Australia
  • 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • 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
  • Small group sizes, guaranteeing rail side position
  • Explore Surfers Paradise on your own during free time

What's Included

  • Pickup and drop-off from Brisbane (Roma Street)
  • 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise
  • Commentary by a marine naturalist
  • Coffee and biscuits
  • Light lunch pack
  • Free time in Surfers Paradise
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 222 Margaret St
    222 Margaret St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

    Meet you the outside of Brisbane Sky Tower

Start time

07:40 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your day trip starts as you depart Brisbane for the drive south to Surfers Paradise, where you 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 points 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 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.


Our friendly staff will pick you up from the outside of Brisbane Skytower and take you down to the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise where whale watching cruise departs.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Sundale Bridge (Pass By)

Cruise departs from Surfers Paradise. You can enjoy the river cruise seeing the beautiful waterfront homes and the skyline. Morning(or Afternoon) tea, coffee, and biscuits will be served.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for children 3 years and under
  • 100% guaranteed whale sighting or receive a free return cruise
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travelers
Operated by Whales In Paradise

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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23 reviews
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This tour was well organized and...
Graham G, Aug 2017
This tour was well organized and conducted in a proficient manner. We appreciated the extra time in Surfers and the actual whale watching was excellent. We recommend this activity.
An amazing adventure. We saw 8...
Mitchell_E, Oct 2016
An amazing adventure. We saw 8 whales 3 of them youngsters. The cruise was great and informative and roomy enough for everyone to have a great view.
Well organised trip. Staff friendly and...
Denise M, Oct 2016
Well organised trip. Staff friendly and informative. Saw lots of whales. Well worth doing.
It was overall good experience, except...
Grace C, Jul 2016
It was overall good experience, except a cancellation made by your side.
The tour was great! Got to see...
P_P, Jun 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.
Whales in Paradise was a perfect...
RonaldW_H, Jun 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
Cruise was great but organization...
Christin W, Jun 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.
Nice trip... wish I had seen more of...
Mariana E, Dec 2015
Nice trip... wish I had seen more of the whales rather than just the hump and tail.
Outstanding crew extremely...
Jill H, Oct 2015
Outstanding crew extremely knowledgeable. Saw many whales, as promised.
Great tour! More time at...
Deborah W, Aug 2015
Great tour! More time at Surfer's Paradise would be great we only had 50 minutes there.
Amazing cruising from the river to...
chris, Aug 2015
Amazing cruising from the river to ocean view. Down size was wasting time to find where the whales were.
The pick up point was in one of the...
Claire B, Aug 2015
The pick up point was in one of the hotel at Brisbane. I called the local guide 48h hours before and so he sent me by email the meeting point address just for me to be reassured. The guide was really nice and on time. Our drive lasted 1 hour to go to Surfers Paradise to get the boat. The boat ride was just great and we saw a lot of whales and some dolphins. I highly recommand this excursion!!!! The ony negative point was the shortest time we got in Surfers Paradise really far too short!!!!!!!!!!
Great day trip from Brisbane. Whale...
Valerie H, Jul 2014
Great day trip from Brisbane. Whale - yes just one but kept visiting- turned up. Well worth it.
Amazing experience, very friendly staff...
sally p, Aug 2013
Amazing experience, very friendly staff highly recommend it!
The actual whale watching tour was...
mysty, Jul 2012
The actual whale watching tour was very enjoyable. However, we chose the inclusive lunch deal, which meant that we had no time at all to explore Surfer's Paradise. The 30 mins we did had meant we rushed lunch and were not able to relax and enjoy it as much as we could. In this instance, the estimated 2 hours free time was misleading. I would accept somewhere over an hour, but 30 mins to me is not acceptable when considering what we were expecting to have.
Thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip out...
Helen P, Jun 2012
Thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip out to sea and whale watching. The crew were informative and the boat was very comfortable. I was quite disappointed that we only had 1 hour at Surfers Paradise, the itinerary clearly stated '2 hours free time'. I felt very rushed.
Whale watching was really good but...
Nevin P, Sep 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..
Watching whales is a beautiful...
Alethia C, Aug 2010
Watching whales is a beautiful experience regardless how you do so. Yet, I had done so before with other companies that put more emphasis on the whales than the commentary about them. As a result we had the whales come closer on those other times. That is why this time was a little disappointing to know that we only had whales from afar. But it was an okay experience.
Actual length of trip too short and...
Wilfred L, Oct 2009
Actual length of trip too short and lunch should have been covered as the trip is quites costly.


Product code: 5087BNEWHALE