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  •  Activities
  •  Gold Coast
  •  Gold Coast Whale Watching Depart from Gold Coast Wharf

Gold Coast Whale Watching Depart from Gold Coast Wharf

  • Gold Coast
  • Approx. 3 hours 15mins
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirm

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Whale Watch Cruise from Surfers Paradise
  • 2. Tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 3. Bonus Gold Coast Waterways Cruise
From AUD

1 Key Facts


  • 1. Whale Watch Cruise from Surfers Paradise
  • 2. Tea, coffee and biscuits
  • 3. Bonus Gold Coast Waterways Cruise

Not included

  • 1. Transport from/to hotels
  • 2. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 3. Souvenirs
  • 4. Travel Insurance
Destination Gold Coast
Depature point ● Departs: daily during season*
* Usually 01 June - 31 October

● Departure Point: Sightseeing Cruises Terminal (Address: 58 Cavil Avenue (river end), Cnr Ferny Ave & Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217)

● Departure Time:
1) Departs at 07:00 and returns at 10:15
2) Departs at 08:30 and returns at 11:45
1) Departs at 10:30 and returns at 13:45
2) Departs at 12:30 and returns at 15:45
3) Departs at 14:30 and returns at 17:45
Address Sightseeing Cruises Terminal, 58 Cavil Avenue (river end), Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
How to get there ● By Car
Public parking is located on Beach Road, diagonally across from the check-in terminal.

● By G:link
The check-in terminal is a 4 minute walk from the Cavill Avenue G:link stop.

● With Return Hotel Transfer
Alternatively you can choose to book this product with return hotel transfer services.
Operating hours
Check-in requirements Please arrive at the ticket office 30 minutes prior to the departure time to exchange for ticket/boarding pass before proceeding to the boarding terminal. Passengers that fail to arrive before this time may be classed as no-show.
What to bring/wear ● Motion-sickness medicine (if required)
● Protective clothing, hat, sunscreen lotion, and sunglasses
● Comfortable shoes
● Light jacket/sweater for windy or cool days
● Camera
● Money/credit card for optional purchases
Other info 【Important Post-Covid Service Information】
Please refer to for the latest updates during the post-Covid period.

100% whale guarantee - free return cruise if your tour fails to see a whale.

2 Overview

Experience the closest whale encounters with the Gold Coast's original and most experienced whale watching company. Family owned and operated since 2004, Whales in Paradise ensures our crew are highly-trained whale finding experts, entertaining and dedicated to providing you the closest whale encounters possible on the Gold Coast. Passenger numbers are limited to ensure you the ultimate un-crowded whale watching experience. Whale sightings are 100% guaranteed on each tour.

Gold Coast Whale Watching Depart from Gold Coast Wharf


Water Level Viewing Deck

The state-of-the-art vessel and knowledgeable staff ensure a whale watching experience you won't forget! Get up-close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea from the unrivalled water-level viewing decks. Passenger numbers are limited to make sure you have a fantastic experience - so have your cameras ready! The guaranteed rail-side viewing means a 360° unobstructed view of the Humpback's spectacular acrobatic displays - and don't forget the cheeky dolphins and turtles keeping you company along the way!


The Staff

Whales in Paradise is the original Gold Coast whale watching company - having been operating since 2004. This is a family owned and operated company, but they also ensure their crew are experienced, entertaining and dedicated to providing you with the closest whale encounters possible. The crew are popular with passengers for their friendly and enthusiastic customer service. You will be be kept entertained, informed and most importantly – well catered for by each of the crew members.


The Tours

At Whales in Paradise, the tours even include a FREE Rich & Famous Waterways Cruise through the stunning Nerang waterways. Cruise past the magnificent homes and gardens of the stars as the entertaining crew keep you up-to-date with the Gold Coast's latest Hollywood gossip - all this topped off with complimentary light lunch pack, and tea, coffee & biscuits- a perfect way to start the tour. 


Sample Itinerary*

*Reference Only. Subject to change without notice. Itineraries may operate in reverse order, in a different sequence, be swapped around, or in rare circumstances be replaced by other best suited items to suit tides, times & conditions.   

Time Itinerary
  • Check-In opens for Whale Watching Cruise (please arrive at least 30 mins before departure)
  • Souvenir photos taken
  • Morning tea, coffee & biscuits is served
  • Relax and select your seating
  • Whale Watching cruise boarding
  • Crew introduction and tour briefing
  • Whale Watching cruise departure
08:35 - 09:10
  • Gold Coast waterways cruise with commentary of the Gold Coast history / rich and famous
  • Morning tea, coffee and biscuits continues to be served
09:10 - 11:10
  • Whale Watching cruise enters Humpback whale sighting grounds
  • Guests are taught how to find whales, dolphins etc…
  • Whale Watching begins
  • Expert Whale Watching commentary
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits bar closes
11:10 - 11:45
  • Calm water cruise back to Surfers Paradise
  • Tea and coffee bar reopens
  • Photos from the cruise are printed at the onboard photo studio
  • Photo opportunity for passengers driving the vessel (subject to day's conditions)
  • Vessel returns back to Surfers Paradise


3 Policy

Cancellation Policy

● If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. ● If you cancel between 0 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. ● If no show, no refund.

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