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Whales in Paradise

Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Help code: A2E-3236


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  • Only Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise
  • Marvel at humpback whales up close
  • 3.5 hour whale watch cruise
  • Uncrowded whale watch experience
  • See the homes of the Gold Coast's rich & famous
  • Knowledgeable crew
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See these incredibly impressive - yet truly gentle - ocean giants between the months of June and November as they frolic and play in the warm seas just off the shore of one of Australia's most popular tourist cities.

On this whale watching tour, you'll join one of the state's most experienced and knowledgeable whale watching companies for a cruise past the houses of the rich and famous before coming up close with the whales themselves. Whale Watching Cruises are 3.5 hours in duration and depart at 9am and 2pm.


  • 3.5hr Whale Watching Cruise
  • Scenic waterways canal cruise


  • Hotel transfers - you will need to make your own transport arrangements to the departure location in Surfers Paradise, only a short walk from all major Surfers Paradise hotels and the Cavill Ave Light Rail Station


  • Watch the Humpback Whales at play against the spectacular backdrop of Surfers Paradise
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • Personalised service
  • Smaller numbers providing an uncrowded whale watching experience
  • ONLY whale watching vessel departing from Surfers Paradise
  • Cruising past homes of the Gold Coast rich and famous


  • Cruises depart at at 9am and 2pm
  • Boarding commences 20 minutes prior to the departure time
  • Whale watching season on the Gold Coast is between the months of June and November


  • Please allow approximately 3.5 hours for this experience including boarding time

Departure Location

  • Cruises depart from the river end of Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, only a short walk from all major Surfers Paradise hotels and the Cavill Avenue Light Rail Station

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Warm clothes
  • Sensible shoes
  • Seasickness remedy if required

Additional Information

  • Please note Whale Watching Season on the Gold Coast is between the months of June and November
  • Infants and children are welcome with responsible adult supervision.
  • Guaranteed sightings or FREE return cruise
  • Cruises will be cancelled upon the discretion of the cruise operator taking into account the weather conditions of the day. Reschedule or full refund will be given
  • 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
  • Due to Covid-19 and government regulations, some tours may operate with reduced capacity. Should your booking be impacted by this, the operator will move your booking to an alternative tour or time

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at the time of booking
  • Upon completion of the purchase, please print the voucher and present on the 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
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • 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.
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Dillom Broderick 5 months ago
Was a great experience. We saw lots of whales and the staff on board were very friendly. There was great information given about the whales from the onboard team, explaining what the whales were doing and what it meant. Also, there were sea sickness tablets on sale which was a nice touch in case they were needed.
Great experience, very nice team on board and lots of whales.

Was a great experience. We saw lots of whales and the staff on board were very friendly. There was great information given about the whales from the onboard team, explaining what the whales were doing and what it meant. Also, there were sea sickness tablets on sale which was a nice touch in case they were needed.

Dillom Broderick 5 months ago
Whale watching that departed from Surfers Paradise.

Was able to see many whales, was definitely a worthwhile experience. The departure destination I had chosen was not sailing so they called and arranged for me to join with a different department location. The water was very rough, causing many to become sick, but the crew handled it well.

Larissa Graham-Malpas 5 months ago
Great experience, friendly staff. Got to see a few whales and their calves. Would of been nicer to have the option to have less ppl on the boat to be able to get good photos as ppl flocked to where the whales were so it was hard to get that special photo.

Would do it again, but would like the option to have smaller numbers. It was great they had a option to beable to purchase your photos from boarding and had the option of the whales that we seen to purchase those professional prints. was happy that the kids got a gift bag

Kylie Aay 1 year ago
Great day out unfortunately the trip from Surfers Paradise was cancelled but I was contacted the day before and transferred to the Sea World cruise and caught an UBER which will be credited to me

Great cruise with the Sea World boat. Happy with the sightings particularly seeing a mother and newborn calf which was a bonus. We also saw a few breaches from a juvenile show off. The crew were very caring and made sure that everyone was having a good experience.

Kris Greene 2 years ago
Amazing tour with a superb whale watching experience!

A perfect whale watching tour!! We had three whales flirting with our boat for 30 mins! It was just spectacular! The crew was amazing! We departed from surfers and through the canals was great too. Lots of funny and cool information about the houses etc. The crew was super knowledgable and helpful! Was one of the best experiences!

Lilian Lenk 2 years ago
This was a really unique experience! So much fun!!

This was a lot of fun!! 😁 We went with our kids, 12, 8 and 5yrs… there are rooms that are very dark but I just held on to my youngest and she was ok. A couple of the rooms had us searching for ages for the door! 🤪 It was a great family activity, loved it! 👍🏼 But definitely consider if any younger children will be too afraid of pitch black rooms with very little lighting! Highly recommend for those that wont be bothered by that! 👌🏼 Booking through Experience Oz was simple and offered a discount. I showed the QR code and got the entry ticket with ease. They also securely store your bag whilst you go in. You can’t take any photos inside the maze.

Erin OReilly 2 years ago
Highly recommend! Very easy to book with Experience Oz!

We booked through Experience Oz for a whale watching tour departing Surfers Paradise. I rang a couple of days earlier to confirm and was advised we would likely be moved to a tour departing from Sea World due to lower numbers (30June). That was fine, but it was good to know in advance so I could arrange our transport there. The cruise itself was great. The staff were excellent and the commentary was really informative and easily understood. Highly recommend taking motion sickness tablets although it didn’t stop me once my 5yo started!! The whales came up very close to the boat… really majestic creatures! The tour is just the right length for those of us who don’t have great sea legs!

Erin OReilly 2 years ago
We saw so many whales and it was a very fantastic experience!

I highly recommend whale watching from this site. The staff are so nice and accommodating the tour was splendid and we saw heaps of whales. Worth your money, will book again here and highly recommend booking here. Thank you experience oz for making our stay memorable!

Shainen Tejada 3 years ago
All perfect

All perfect, I really enjoyed the experience with my friends, the crew was excellent, the customer service was incredible because in the end 2 friends couldn't come with us to the trip and we asked for a refund without any problem, we could see the whales, it was really awesome, 100% recommended.

Jeisson Herrera Pena 3 years ago
Great for kids

Great for kids, a whole family day out. Comfy boat, with plenty of viewing space. Fun and informative commentary, with generous time to spot and view whales. Staff were excellent, friendly and polite. Amazing experience would absolutely go on again.

Miranda Fullerton 4 years ago
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The open ocean can be quite choppy, so if you suffer from sea sickness make sure you head to the pharmacy before boarding to purchase some sea sickness tablets or pressure bands.
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