Get up close and personal with the largest living mammals on Earth.

From June to November, the Gold Coast boasts the longest whale watching season on the East Coast of Australia, which is why it’s commonly referred to as the Humpback Highway.

This year, the Gold Coast has a huge range of whale watching cruises and experiences on offer.

With over 25,000 viewing opportunities from the land and the sea, it’s time you head to the Gold Coast to see these majestic creatures live in action!


If you’re looking to spot some whale action from the land, the Gold Coast offers numerous vantage points for on-foot whale watchers.

Check out Burleigh Headland, Broadwater Beach, Tugun Lookout, Kirra Hill or Point Danger for incredible views and the chance to see passing whales.

If you’re looking to get a closer look at these majestic creatures, Gold Coast also offers a range of whale watching cruises and experiences for the whole family to enjoy.

Cruise Gold Coast

Cruise Gold Coast offers personalised cruises through Gold Coast’s waterways, as well as whale watching tours.

Enjoy an adventure cruise or whale watching tour on board their luxurious 39 foot catamaran called Life’s Good, featuring a large protected back deck, extended duckboard, enclosed fly bridge and a bow – perfect for lazing about in the sun. We can see why they called it Life’s Good!

Gateway Sailing

If you’re after something a little more private, Eau De Vie (Water of Life) is an 11 metre French luxury sailing sloop with the capacity to carry two or more passengers (up to 11).

Based at Runaway Bay Marina, the private sailing charters can be used for anything from whale watching cruises to romantic evening adventures. It’s ideal for couples, families, small groups of friends and work colleagues.

Island Adventures

Enjoy a calm water sailing cruise onboard a luxury high-speed catamaran on an island adventure along the Gold Coast Broadwater to McLaren’s Landing at South Stradbroke Island.

Get up close and personal with adult humpback whales and their young ones as they frolic around in the waters out front of Surfers Paradise.

When you get to McLaren’s Landing, enjoy feeding wild wallabies and kookaburras and participate in an array of games and activities. Then chow down on a delicious Australian style tropical BBQ lunch.

Sea World Whale Watching

Sea World Whale Watch offers premium whale watching tours on the Gold Coast with expert captains and tour guides aboard the world’s most advanced whale watching vessel, Spirit of Migaloo.

Spirit of Migaloo is custom designed for environmentally friendly whale watching with ultra-quiet low emission engines, toilet waste holding tanks and whale-friendly keel to ensure the whales and their ocean environment are not harmed.

Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching

Run by a family with a passion for Humpback whales, the Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching cruises will get you right up close to wild Humpback whales.

Enjoy seeing the whales frolic in their natural environment with the stunning Gold Coast skyline glistening in the background.

Whales in Paradise

Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching Company, boasting a 100% daily sightings record.

Their vessels are purpose built and specifically selected for whale watching, with a large viewing deck, and whale and dolphin friendly design features.

The company also do small group and personalised tours through the Gold Coast Waterways, where you can see the homes of the rich and the famous with commentary.

Time really does fly when you’re having fun on the Gold Coast, so check out what’s on offer today!

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