• Location: Gold Coast, Australia
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Go in search of humpback whales on a whale-watching cruise of the shores of the Gold Coast. On board a custom-built boat with three viewing decks, you’ll 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 Nerang River canal to admire waterside homes. Small group sizes, guaranteeing rail side position. Select a departure time when booking.


  • Watch humpback whales at play on a whale-watching cruise from the Gold Coast
  • Listen to interesting commentary from a marine naturalist
  • Enjoy coffee and biscuits on board
  • Glide past luxurious homes along the Gold Coast canals
  • Small group sizes, guaranteed rail side position
  • 100% guarantee of whale sightings, or receive a free return cruise

What You Can Expect

Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast

Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast

Your cruise starts as you board your purpose-built whale-watching boat in Surfers Paradise and take off along the canals of the Nerang River. Listen to a quick safety briefing from crewmembers, who will point out some of the most luxurious homes along the scenic waterway.

Pass by 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 come to these subtropical waters from May to October to give birth. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, who may show off with jumps and splashes, as well as other marine life such as orcas, loggerhead turtles, dolphins and seabirds.

Learn about the wildlife and their marine environment from your onboard naturalist guide. Your cruise ends with return to the departure point.

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Customer Reviews

Peter D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was well organised and very professional. Weather was kind to us and we were able to come across a number of whales. They were not very active bit it was great to be up close and in their environment. Wayne and his team did all to find the whales and spent extra time seeking out different ones to get the opportunity for some action.

All was great and then on the way home the most amazing event took place when wayne came across a new born calf thrashing around trying to breath and start to swim. Just fantastic to watch mum come to the rescue time and again to get her calf working and surviving. Over a period all stabilised and they went off as mum and calf.


Yukixue K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

dizzy sea but good experience cos we saw a dancing whale infront of us

Jo P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Saw a whale and her calf immediately and stayed with them for the duration of the trip. The driver was excellent- really informative. Top tip: sit on the top deck on the right- best views and least choppy feels.

Sabyasachi D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a rainy day, however, I saw several whales and dolphins. Its amazing.

Teresa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The cruise was wonderful! The guides were experienced in looking for the whales. We had a wonderful and enjoyable trip! Highly recommend and must see!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My first whale watching, is awesome, we get to see a mother and calf, Hammerhead shark and dolphins...highly recommend!

Marion L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We both loved it. Excellent value for money and would not hesitate to do it again.

** You need to update your directions. The tour no longer leaves from the wharf you directed us to but it is now easier to pick up your tickets from the main booth.

Michelle N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The experience we had was amazing. We saw a whale breaching and a pod of about 30 - 40 dolphins which followed the boat. The crew were just as excited to see the large number of dolphins. They were also very informative regarding the habits of the whales and dolphins.

Phyllis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

This was an amazing trip. We were lucky enough to see 3 pods of whales including mother and performing baby. Out of this world.. Maybe not for the feint hearted re sailing. It was quite a journey, but we expected that so weren't bothered. Wouldn't have missed it for anything. tried to see the whales off South island new Zealand on my last trip "Down Under" but boats weren't going out as it was too rough! Heaven only knows what that might have been like had we gone! this trip was well worth the money.

Patrick H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Extremely friendly well informed a happy staff, great morning out, saw lots of whales and had a wonderful morning on the high seas !!!

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