Whale WatchingGold Coast

Gold Coast whale watching season: May to November

Experience the excitement of a whale watching tour on the beautiful Gold Coast.

The Gold Coast is one of the most unique places in the world to go whale watching. The Gold Coast is located along the migration route of humpback whales, known as the ‘Humpback Highway’. With one of the longest migration seasons in Australia, approx 35,000 whales pass through these coastal waters from late May to early November each year. Along their journey north from Antarctica, the Gold Coast offers an ideal resting spot for the whales before they continue on to the Great Barrier Reef to give birth. We have curated a selection of whale watching tours that are operated by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable operators on the Gold Coast. Our whale watching Gold Coast tours are carefully selected to ensure you have the best possible experience.

Gold Coast Whale Watching Tour Options

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What is Whale Watching?

Whale watching is a unique activity that offers the opportunity to witness some of the largest creatures on Earth in their natural habitat. During whale watching tours, guests are taken out to sea to witness these incredible creatures up close, while also learning about their behaviours, migration patterns, and the role they play in the ecosystem. The Gold Coast is home to a variety of whale species, including Humpback, Minke, and Southern Right whales. During the migration season, Humpback whales, which are known for their acrobatic displays and playful behaviours, are the most commonly spotted. Whale watching tours are not only exciting, but they are also educational, allowing guests to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures while also learning about their behavior and habits.

Highlights of your Gold Coast whale watching tour:

Whale watching on the Gold Coast is an experience that is second to none. Here are some of the highlights of our tours.

Gold Coast Whale watching operators

We work with some of the most experienced and reputable whale-watching tour operators on the Gold Coast. Our tour operators are committed to providing guests with a fun and informative whale-watching experience that they will never forget. Our tour operators provide comfortable and safe vessels that are equipped with all the necessary safety equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip. Operators are also committed to the safety and well-being of the whales, and they follow strict guidelines to ensure that the whales are not disturbed.

The tours are designed to minimise disturbance to the whales, and the operators are trained to keep a safe distance from the animals. You'll be asked to follow certain rules and regulations during the tour to ensure that the animals are not harmed in any way. This includes not touching or feeding the animals and not throwing any rubbish overboard.

Our tour operators contribute to conservation efforts by supporting research and education programs.Many operators participate in research and monitoring programs to gather information on the whales' behavior and migration patterns. This information is shared with scientists to improve our understanding of these magnificent creatures.

What happens when I book?

Booking your whale-watching tour with us is easy and hassle-free. Simply browse our selection of tours and choose the one that suits your needs. Our online booking system makes it easy to book your tour and pay for it securely. Once you have booked your tour, you will receive a confirmation email with all the details you need, including the meeting point and time. You will also have the contact details of your whale-watching operator in case you need to ask any questions.

What happens if we don’t see any Whales?

While we can't guarantee that you'll see whales on your tour - after all, these are wild animals that can be unpredictable - many of our tour operators do offer a sighting guarantee. This means that if you don't see any whales during your tour, you'll have the option to come back for another tour free of charge or receive a partial refund. Please check the details of your chosen tour before booking as conditions can vary between operators.


Best whale watching experience I have been on. We had the captains lounge which was amazing. The captain and crew were great!! The whales put on a show off us too! Highly recommend doing the captain lounge particularly if you have any elderly people in your party as we did.


Shaylen Padayachey

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It was so great to see these amazing mammals in their natural environment.
I loved every moment of the experience, I only wish we could have stayed out longer to watch the mega pod of 11 whales !

A. J

A. J

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They knew exactly where to go to find whales. We saw five or so on our trip. Due to the time of year, we got to see a baby whale too! Very good whale watching operators who knew what they were talking about. I can't recommend this enough to people interested in seeing whales up close.


Nicholas Oram

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Disclaimer: As a booking agent for whale watching tours in the Gold Coast, it’s important to note that when you book a tour through us, you’re purchasing from the tour operator themselves. This means that their terms and conditions will apply to your purchase, including any cancellation or rescheduling policies. While we work hard to ensure that all of the operators we partner with provide exceptional service, we cannot be held responsible for any issues that arise during the tour itself. The contact details for your tour operator are included on your booking confirmation. If you can’t find these details on your booking confirmation you can contact us. Please allow up to 48hrs for a reply.

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