Whale watching on the Gold Coast provides an incredible opportunity for you to 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 - to the point where the waters along the Gold Coast are commonly referred to as the Humpback Highway.
This lengthy whale watching season means you have up to 25,000 viewing opportunities from the Gold Coast. There are some great lookouts where you can see them from the shore, or jump on board a vessel and travel 10 minutes out to sea to see them up close in their natural habitat.
The Humpback whale is playful and curious, so a tour with one of the coast's top operators will give you a truly intimate encounter with the gentle giants of the ocean:
Jump on board Gold Coast Adventures' luxury catamaran to witness the annual Humpback whale migration past the Gold Coast. Departing from Mariners Cove Marina, you'll head out in a large and stable vessel. Enjoy helpful and informative commentary from our marine biologist while watching spectacular breaches, tail slaps and pectoral waves.
Whales in Paradise offer tours three times daily during whale watching season departing from the wharf at the river end of Cavill Avenue. They keep their tour groups to an ideal size, ensuring all of their passengers enjoy optimal visibility and proximity to the whales, dolphins and other marine life they encounter.
Within minutes, Spirit of Gold Coast will have you up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they perform some of the most amazing acrobatic displays that only Mother Nature can choreograph. Spirit of Gold Coast whale watching tours depart from Mariners Cove Marina daily.
Enjoy the charismatic play of the Humpback Whales with a private whale watching tour whilst under sail. Each tour is limited to eight guests so you can avoid the large crowds and get a clear view of the whales in action; and the vessel's underwater hydrophone lets you listen to the Humpback whales' amazing song as you watch them frolic. Tours depart from Runaway Bay Marina.
With a maximum of eight passengers per tour, you can enjoy a very private and well serviced cruise through the Seaway to watch the whales pass by. Once you are out on the ocean they turn off the engines so you can sit back and watch the sea life, have lunch and some drinks and enjoy the experience. Tours depart from Mariners Cove Marina.
Enter the world of the whales in luxury and comfort aboard Spirit of Migaloo, Australia's most advanced, environmentally friendly whale watching vessel. Sea World Whale Watch tours depart daily during whale watching season from their terminal in the carpark outside Sea World.
Lookouts on the coastline
If you've missed the boat for a whale watching tour, why not head to one of the many popular Gold Coast lookouts to watch the whales pass by.
Some great vantage points include Southport Surf Club, Miami Hill, Burleigh Headland, Tumgun Lookout, Kirra Hill and Point Danger.