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  •  Activities
  •  Gold Coast
  •  Gold Coast Whale Watching with Return Brisbane Transfer

Gold Coast Whale Watching with Return Brisbane Transfer

  • Gold Coast
  • English
  • Cruise approx. 3 hours 15mins
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirm

Standard Inclusions

  • 1. Pickup from Brisbane City (3 locations to choose from)
  • 2. Whale Watch Cruise from Surfers Paradise
  • 3. Bonus Gold Coast Waterways Cruise
  • 4. Free time to sightsee in Surfers Paradise (approximately from 13:45 - 15:45)
  • 5. Morning Tea, Coffee & Biscuits upon boarding
  • 6. Light lunch
From AUD

1 Key Facts


  • 1. Pickup from Brisbane City (3 locations to choose from)
  • 2. Whale Watch Cruise from Surfers Paradise
  • 3. Bonus Gold Coast Waterways Cruise
  • 4. Free time to sightsee in Surfers Paradise (approximately from 13:45 - 15:45)
  • 5. Morning Tea, Coffee & Biscuits upon boarding
  • 6. Light lunch

Not included

  • 1. Food & beverages not listed as Inclusions
  • 2. Souvenirs
  • 3. 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), Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217)

● Departure Time^: 10:30
^ Complementary transfer from/to selected hotels included before departure time

● Pick up Location:
08:40* Bus Stop 125, 161 Roma Street, Brisbane.
This is located outside the Roma Street Railway Station (Brisbane Transit Centre), directly opposite the Queensland Police building.
* Times are reference only. Please refer to your booking email for confirmed pick up time.

● Leaves Gold Coast at approximately 15:45

● Arrive Brisbane at approximately 17:00
Address Sightseeing Cruises Terminal, 58 Cavil Avenue (river end), Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
How to get there Complementary transfer from/to selected pick up locations included. Please advise your choice of pick up location at the point of booking and make your own way to that location for pick up on the travel date.
Operating hours
Cruise 10:30 - 13:45 Check in at 10:00. Boarding at 10:15
Tour including Transfers 08:40 - 17:00
Check-in requirements Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the pick-up time at your booked pick up location. There might be 5-10 minutes delay depends on the traffic on the day. If you think the pick is late or you are not being picked up, please call service provider and quote your confirmation number to double check.
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

Staying in Brisbane and want to go Whale Watching? This tour has the answer- offering daily transfers, FREE pick-up point, guaranteed* whale sightings and free time to dine or shop in world-famous Surfers Paradise, it couldn’t be easier!

Experience the closest whale encounters with the Gold Coast's original and most experienced whale watching company. Family owned and operated since 2004, the  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 with Return Brisbane Transfer


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
08:30 - 09:00
  • Hotel Pickup from Brisbane City
  • Check-In opens for Whale Watching Cruise
  • Souvenir photos taken
  • Light lunch pack provided
  • Whale Watching cruise boarding
  • Morning tea, coffee & biscuits is served
  • Relax and select your seating
  • Crew introduction and tour briefing
  • Whale Watching cruise departure
10:35 - 11:10
  • Gold Coast waterways cruise with commentary of the Gold Coast history / rich and famous
  • Morning tea, coffee and biscuits continues to be served
11:10 - 13:10
  • 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
13:10 - 13:40
  • 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
13:45 - 15:45
  • Free time to sightsee around Surfers Paradise
  • Return transfer back to your Brisbane pickup location
  • Arrive at your Brisbane pickup location


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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