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Whale Watch
Gold Coast

$ 88 AUD
  • Dates: June - November
  • Species: Humpback Whales
  • Departs: Surfers Paradise / Marina Mirage / Southport
  • Time: 9AM / 12PM / 3PM
  • Duration: 2 Hours
$68
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Whale Watch
Gold Coast vIP

$ 120 AUD
  • Dates: June - November
  • Species: Humpback Whales
  • Departs: Surfers Paradise / Marina Mirage / Southport
  • Time: 9AM / 12PM / 3PM
  • Duration: 2 Hours
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TOUR INFORMATION

Join The Pod with Australia’s #1 Whale Watch operator as we teach you the Language of the Whales and pass on the knowledge of our lifetime at sea, to you.

Our brand new, specifically designed vessel Whale Watch 1 has been launched to elevate the world of whale watching as we strive to ensure your journey is educational, immersive, emission efficient, memorable and meaningful.

The Whale Watch family team have dedicated their time to creating an experience that will guide you through the history and incredible life story of the Australian Humpback Whale. Let our team be your interpreters for the day as we translate the Language of the Whales for you with our live and educational commentary.

Australia wide we provide Whale Watch experiences all year with every tour providing our 100% Lifetime Sighting Guarantee to ensure that in the unlikely event that no whales are sighted you are welcome to Join The Pod again free of charge with our flexible rescheduling options.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

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Join us aboard Whale Watch 1 as we take in the sights of the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater and begin our search for local Bottlenose Dolphins and seabirds on our journey towards the Humpback Whale sighting grounds.

The east coast of Australia welcomes the arrival every winter and spring of over 35,000 Humpback Whales who make their annual migration from Antarctica to the northern nursery grounds before returning back again.

Our sighting grounds are located along the coastline that embraces the Surfers Paradise skyline and is one of the most beautiful and unique locations in the world to Whale Watch. Our passionate and experienced team will take you through a moment by moment interpretation of the behaviours you will witness and intelligent whales you meet.

The east coast of Australia welcomes the arrival every winter and spring of over 35,000 Humpback Whales who make their annual migration from Antarctica to the northern nursery grounds before returning back again.

Our sighting grounds are located along the coastline that embraces the Surfers Paradise skyline and is one of the most beautiful and unique locations in the world to Whale Watch. Our passionate and experienced team will take you through a moment by moment interpretation of the behaviours you will witness and intelligent whales you meet.

Our Vessel, Whale Watch 1, has been specifically designed to immerse you in the world of the whales with our water level viewing providing an intimate and inspiring encounter with the wildlife and environment around you. Our Whale Watch TV Theatre live streams underwater footage of our close encounters which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your seat. Tune in to the songs and sounds of the whales as our live hydrophone is deployed and recordings taken to further our research.

Turn moments into memories to share with loved ones as our onboard professional photographer will capture the very best images of the day for you to download free of charge from the Daily Whale. Our Whale Watch family team dedicate each tour to furthering our understanding and knowledge of the cetaceans we work with as interaction logs, audio recordings and ID cataloging is collected and shared with leading universities and researchers from around Australia and the world.

Our Vessel

Meet Whale Watch 1 Australia’s newest, state of the art, dedicated whale watch vessel that has been proudly designed and made in Australia. A game changer for the industry, these new vessels are emission efficient and provide a class leading performance.

Designed by one of Australia’s leading naval architects and with specifications from our Whale Watch family, Whale Watch 1 is born to elevate your whale watch experience to an elite level and immerse you in the world of the whales.

The experience onboard is focused on observing behaviour, not influencing behaviour. The ability our new vessel has to control our sound footprint in the environment we work with is fundamental to the quality of your tour and respectful interaction with the whales.

Whale Watch 1 will provide the most educational, immersive and emission efficient Whale Watch experience on the Gold Coast.

The experience onboard is focused on observing behaviour, not influencing behaviour. The ability our new vessel has to control our sound footprint in the environment we work with is fundamental to the quality of your tour and respectful interaction with the whales.

Whale Watch 1 will provide the most educational, immersive and emission efficient Whale Watch experience on the Gold Coast.

 The art of Whale Watching is something we believe we do better than anyone worldwide and our new vessel is an important part of that experience.

DEPARTURE LOCATIONS

Join us during your visit to the Gold Coast as we depart daily from four fantastic pickup locations enabling you the flexibility to plan your day.

Cavill Avenue Pontoon

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise and the perfect location for those staying in the area or planning on exploring after their tour. Public transport, drop-off lanes and parking are available and only a short walking distance from the boarding facilities.

Marina Mirage Pontoon

A playground for boutique shopping, waterfront dining and sightseeing of luxury super yachts. Guests staying at Palazzo Versace or Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort can easily stroll from their accomodation to meet us. Mariners Cove provides parking and public transport within walking distance for those visiting Marina Mirage with plenty of activities to enjoy after your tour.

Broadwater Parklands Pontoon

One of Australia’s most exciting parklands and a beautiful location situated on the calm waters of the Broadwater. A perfect departure point for those wanting to join us outside of Surfers Paradise and make use of the ample parking facilities and public transport options. Meeting at Southport Pier, a brand new boarding facility and perfect for taking in the sights of the Gold Coast skyline.

Brisbane Shuttle Bus

The beautiful city of Brisbane is located only one hour from the Gold Coast. Join The Pod® onboard our Humpback Express chauffeured transfers which depart from the heart of Brisbane for a personalised, guided tour to the Humpback Highway in Surfers Paradise. Contact our team for further information.

WEATHER FORECAST

Gold Coast
25°
Mostly Cloudy
5:46am5:38pm AEST
Feels like: 25°C
Wind: 21km/h N
Humidity: 70%
Pressure: 1009.48mbar
UV index: 2
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Why Choose Us

Whale Watch Queensland is part of the Whale Watch Family Pod, the only family owned and operated company providing our guests with the opportunity to Whale Watch Australia wide, all year.

Our 6th generation Australian family whale watches all year, every year in the waters of Australia including our summer spent with the Orca (Killer Whales) and Autumn with the worlds largest creature, the Blue Whale. Winter and Spring is then spent with the migration of Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales on both the east and west coast of Australia.

The art of whale watching is a passion of ours and has been perfected over the years to provide our guests with an educational and meaningful journey. Our knowledge, passion and experience with the wildlife and oceans we work with is unrivalled.

Whale Watch 1 has been specifically designed by one of Australia’s leading marine naval architects to be a class above the rest. Our family has included in the design learnings from our many years of whale watching and time on the ocean to create a comfortable, safe and emission efficient world class Whale Watch vessel.

Join the Pod® today for a unique and valuable experience as we pass on the knowledge of our lifetime at sea, to you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You are guaranteed to see the whale of your tour or you are welcome to travel again free of charge. Our guarantee is in place as we have a very accurate sighting record, however we are interacting with wild whales and should the unlikely event of a no sighting day occur you have peace of mind in knowing you will be able to join us again at no charge to sight the whale of your tour.
During our experiences it is important to respect the whales we are interacting with at all times to ensure their comfort and to observe natural behaviour. Our vessel will not approach whales closer than 100 meters as stipulated in our whale interaction licensing. The whales are welcome to approach our vessel as closely as they wish and will only approach if they feel safe, which is achieved by keeping a respectful distance.

All of our experiences are family friendly and it is largely dependant on your Childs experience onboard vessels and type of experience you would like to join.

Yes, tours are perfectly safe for pregnant women but we do recommend consulting with your doctor should you suffer from morning sickness or are susceptible to motion sickness.
Our concession rate is available for valid concession card holders, Australian pensioner, current and Veteran Soldiers, Australian Emergency Service Personnel (Police, Fire, Ambulance) and disability card holders.

Yes, we support the Companion Card and will provide a free of charge ticket for the companion of the guest travelling. Please contact us before booking to organise your tickets and the companion card will need to be shown on checkin.

We do recommend booking your experience in advance to reserve your preferred departure date.

Please see our terms and conditions for further information.

Our onboard photographer will be collecting photos of your tour and these will be available to download free of charge from our Daily Report. You are most welcome to bring your own camera with you and feel free to share your images through our social media and help with our photo ID collection of Western Australian whales!
Please check your departure times and location on your booking confirmation and make sure you are ready to board at the advised boarding time. For the respect of all guests the vessel must depart strictly at the advised departure time and is not able to wait alongside jetties longer than the advised boarding time due to Department of Transport laws.
We recommend a warm jacket on all of our experiences as the sea breeze can be cool. A rain jacket or poncho should rain be forecast and flat shoes are important when onboard vessels for your safety and ease of moving around the vessel.
A jacket is recommended even on warm days as the sea breeze can be cool, sunglasses, hat, camera and motion sickness medication if required.
Our onboard photographer will be collecting photos of your tour and these will be available to download free of charge from our Daily Report. You are most welcome to bring your own camera with you and feel free to share your images through our social media and help with our photo ID collection of Western Australian whales!
Everyone is an individual and we do recommend speaking with your doctor or local chemist if you believe you may be susceptible to motion sickness. Please prepare with motion sickness medication as recommend by your health care professional and this has been proven to lessen the likely hood of becoming unwell. We recommend that preparation is always the best option for guests.
Our crew are trained in keeping our guests comfortable throughout their entire experience onboard and will always be available to assist. Should you feel unwell our crew will assist in making you comfortable and will be very attentive to your needs which include fresh ginger, hot/cold packs, electrolytes, comfortable bean bags, hospitable grade motion sickness bags and personal tips to assist each individual.

Whale Watch Queensland has a duty of care to our guests and we have a 100% safety record and will not operate in extreme weather. Our team constantly monitors the weather forecast for all tours and will advise guests of any adverse weather, please make sure to leave our team with your appropriate contact details so we may advise you of any changes to the weather forecast.

You will Learn the Language of the Whales with Whale Watch Queensland. We specialise in teaching our guests all about the language of the different species of whales that we interact with over our different seasons. Our live and educational commentary is run throughout your experience so you understand with in-depth information and stories the life of the amazing whales of Queensland. Our wish is for you to depart being able to speak fluent whale and share your newfound knowledge with family and friends which will ensure that the education of whales is continued. Your time onboard is more than an experience, it is an education!

We have an onboard hydrophone that is available to be used when the opportunity arises. Weather conditions must be suitable with light winds.

Every tour is different and the amount of whales we can sight on one day or tour is dependant on what whales are around at the time. On average five whales are sighted on each tour and on some occasions we may only sight one whale or break a record for the amount of whales sighted in one day.

We are licensed to interact with the many whale and dolphin species that can be sighted in Queensland waters. Swimming, touching or feeding of the whales is prohibited as they are wild and we must not interfere with their natural behaviours.

No, we have never had a whale or dolphin act aggressively towards us as this is not in their gentle nature. They are curious and gently towards the boat with many individuals so friendly they sometimes spend over an hour interacting with everyone onboard! Whales and dolphins must be respected at all times and the best way to whale watch is simply observe their natural behaviour.
There is no specific time of day or weather that is best for whale watching. The most important factor is how many whales are within the area you will be visiting which is why there are specific seasons in place to ensure the best opportunity for sighting whales.

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