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Sea World Cruises Whale Watching

Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World

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  • Purpose-built whale watching vessel
  • Up to 2.5 hour whale watching cruise
  • Only 20 minutes to the whales
  • Departs from Sea World
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • 3 levels of viewing decks
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Departing from Sea World on the Gold Coast, this is one of Australia’s premier whale watching experiences. Join marine experts for a close encounter with majestic Humpback Whales aboard one of Australia’s newest and luxurious whale watching vessels. Within minutes of the Gold Coast, cruise to the ‘Humpback Highway’ and spy on the world’s largest animals from 6 spacious viewing platforms from sea level to the sundeck with a spectacular backdrop of the Surfers Paradise skyline. During the cruise learn more about these fascinating marine creatures and listen to unique whale songs live with an underwater microphone on board.

The Gold Coast whale watching season runs from early June to November and whale watching cruises will depart daily from the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal at 9am, 12pm and 3pm. Enjoy an early morning cruise before a day of activities on the Gold Coast or relax and sleep in with late afternoon departures available. If your whale watching cruise fails to sight a whale then an alternative date will be offered.

Don't miss out on the 2023 whale watching season - book your whale watching cruise online here!


  • Up to 2.5 hour Whale Watch Cruise
  • In the unlikely event your tour fails to see a whale you will receive a free return cruise voucher


  • Visit our Terminal Cafe! Nothing builds up an appetite like a journey to the high seas. Thankfully the Sea World Cruises chefs recognise this and are serving up delicious brekky and lunch options on the daily. With a strong focus on seasonal and local produce and unrestricted views of the Gold Coast Broadwater – it’s the perfect way to begin, or complete, your whale watching adventure


  • VIP Lounge "Captains Club" offers passenger to access to the VIP area which you can have interactive communication with a captain. Also, get complimentary refreshments and snacks. Please contact operator to upgrade


  • Watch the Humpback Whales at play against the spectacular backdrop of Surfers Paradise
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • Purpose-built new boat for Gold Coast sea conditions
  • Uninterrupted grandstand views from 3 spacious viewing platforms


  • Tours depart daily from early June to early November
  • 9am, 12pm and 3pm tours with vessel "Spirit of Migaloo II" (Boat capacity 190 pax)
  • Additional departure times running at 8am, 11am and 2pm tours with vessel "Kaiala" (Boat capacity 80 pax)
  • Departures are seasonal and subject to change
  • Departing from the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal, located in the car park outside of Sea World, 130 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Departure Location

  • Departing from the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, 4217

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Warm clothes
  • Flat shoes
  • Sea sickness remedy if required

Additional Information

  • Guaranteed sightings or we will provide you alternative date
  • Cruises will be cancelled upon the discretion of the cruise operator taking into account the weather conditions of the day
  • Infants and children are welcome with responsible adult supervision.
  • Please advise at time of booking in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the Shopping Cart if you are travelling with an infant

Terms And Conditions

  • Booking changes and cancellations are available without penalty up to 24 hours before departure. Within 24 hours, 100% of the fare is forfeited. For groups of 10 or more, 72 hours notice is required.
  • All cruises are weather, minimum passenger number, and Queensland Health advisory dependent
  • In the unlikely event of a cancellation by the operator, you will be provided with a full refund (excluding gift vouchers) or a 12-month credit to use towards another cruise
  • The operator reserves the right to substitute the vessel or change the itinerary without notice
  • All return times are approximate
  • Conditions of Travel may vary if you have booked with a travel agent as your booking is subject to their terms and conditions
  • For more information, please visit the operator's website

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
  • Sea World Cruises Whale Watching will not provide a refund of any kind to passengers if a tour fails to sight a whale, in the unlikely event your tour fails to see a whale you will receive a free return cruise voucher
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Gabriela Alvarado Cantu 5 months ago
We spotted whales soon, many of them and at different points. They even drove the ship super fast towards a group of whales that we saw on the horizon and didn't want us to miss them. It was also super informative, I learned a lot about whales. Totally would recommend the experience.
Spotted whales in the first half and hour. We saw a mom and a baby!

We spotted whales soon, many of them and at different points. They even drove the ship super fast towards a group of whales that we saw on the horizon and didn't want us to miss them. It was also super informative, I learned a lot about whales. Totally would recommend the experience.

Gabriela Alvarado Cantu 5 months ago
Whale watching cruise with my family on a beautiful sunny afternoon

What a great cruise to go on. The friendly staff and the whales were amazing. We saw plenty of whales and even stayed a bit longer to keep watching. …. We paid extra for the captain's lounge which we enjoyed and would do again. Highly recommend this cruise.

Karen Eckermann 5 months ago
Awesome experience, so many whales !! Thanks, team!!

Great experience, the captain and all the staff on board were super cool and friendly! I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of whale action we saw. 2 within the first minute of getting to the ocean, so many came up to the boat and so many jumped out of the water!!

Mya Blatchford 6 months ago
We had a great time whale watching with the Sea World team,we caught the 9am session. The boat was great clean, plenty of places to sit and stand. The skipper was very friendly and informative,and took us as close as possible to see the whales up close.

We enjoyed seeing two sets of mums and bubs. The skipper took usas close as possible to them. I liked how they gave us options because of the rough seas instead of just cancelling the ride.It was rough but im glad we still went. I wish they had reminded us that photos were available on board it was noisy when the skipper was announcing.Other than that it was an amazing experience,highly reccomend. 😊

Carol Tomuli 6 months ago
We had an amazing family time! We recommend this trip for all people, of any age. The staff is super friendly and the boat was comfortable and spacious.

Thank you for such an amazing experience. The captain and the crew were very knowledgeable and led us straight to where the whales were. It was wonderful to watch these magnificent animals so close up. The staff was very friendly and super helpful. The pictures taken at the start of the journey were of high quality. Outstanding experience overall!

Carla Del Carpio 7 months ago
Great that we could see the whale and had good customer service but unfortunately, we were all very seasick.

Great that we could see the whale and had good customer service but unfortunately, we were all very seasick. From the time we booked via Experience Oz to the end, we had a great experience, the crew on the boat were all very nice and pleasant and so was the captain.

Puja Nagrani 8 months ago
The whole staff were super friendly and that makes a big difference in any experience. The captain was very knowledgeable, therefore he took us to the right spots to watch the whales in all their splendour.

I recommend it 100% The experience was unforgettable and totally worth the investment. SeaWorld is a trustworthy company and their boat Migaloo II is 5 stars in comfort and safety. The staff is super friendly, they even learned my son’s name and made him feel like a star, he rated the experience 100/100!

Carla Del Carpio 8 months ago
The crew is awesome, the experience is invaluable beautiful.

Unfortunately, we didn't saw the whale at this time, as the raining weather. The crew are so friendly and they go above and beyond to help you have the best experience (especially when you’re feeling sea sick)! And we got the free return curise for next time. Finger cross, we will see the Whale 🐳.

Ying Li 1 year ago
2.5 hour Whale watching cruise on Gold Coast departing from SeaWorld

The staff were welcoming, supportive and informative. The staff offered sea sick tablets before departure which i highly recommend taking. The cruise boat was clean and tidy. We saw multiple Whales including baby whales, whales waving, opening their mouths to feed which we were told was rare for the gold coast and a whale breaching. Really enjoyed the experience and would go again.

Kristyn O'Reilly 1 year ago
The best experience and most wonderful crew! Not to be missed!

The most fabulous day out with the family! Experience of a lifetime shared by our little family. We were so lucky to see a whale so close water from his blow hole spraying my sons face he was so excited, my daughter dancing with excitement and my eldest son admiring just how gorgeous this enormous whale was. A most exciting experience with wonderful staff and service making it the most lovely day. Thank you from us all we hope to enjoy this experience again 🌺

Lisa Fakaanga 2 years ago
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As you head out into the open ocean and if you suffer from seasickness, head to the pharmacy prior to your whale watch cruise and grab some seasickness remedy.
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