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Whale Watching On the Gold Coast

During winter and spring, majestic Humpback Whales migrate from the Antarctic to the warmer waters off the coast of Queensland. Every year around 1200 whales make the 5000km journey - the first ones arriving on the Gold Coast in early June.

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On the trip back, Hervey Bay is a popular resting point for the whales before they begin the epic journey back south. Most of the Humpbacks will have left the Queensland coast by the start of November, with the typical whale watching season lasting from June to October. 

Humpback whales generally follow the coastline reasonable close to shore which means there is plenty of opportunity for day trippers and whale watchers on the Coast to experience the joy of viewing the migration and playful frollicking of these majestic creatures. There are many options when it comes to whale watching on the Gold Coast. With tours ranging from just a few hours to a whole day, in various sized vessels and in various sized groups, there is an tour for everyone!

Departing from Main Beach (Mariner's Cove), Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta each day during the whale watching season - click the button below to view a range of whale watching tours with combos such as theme park tickets or dinner, or click on an individual cruise provider below to book online. 

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Whale Watching Tours on the Gold Coast

Head out on a purpose-built environmentally friendly whale watching vessel with 3 levels of spacious viewing platforms and a limited number of guests so it's never crowded - you'll always get a clear view of the whales! Advanced whale location technology means less guess work and more whale sightings and the interactive onboard education technology makes for a unique experience. Why not end the day with a visit to Sea World!

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Go on a whale watching adventure along the "Humpback Whale Highway" and see these magnificent creatures playfully breaching and tails slapping on the water. It's an unforgetable experience! This is the only whale watching tour departing from Surfers Paradise, with five different cruise times available and can be located at the River end of Cavill Avenue (just a short walk from the Light Rail station), and includes a bonus Gold Coast Canal Cruise.

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The Gold Coast's ultimate ocean whale watching experience! Enjoy complimentary morning tea while listening to informative and expert commentary from our experienced eco team to give you a complete understandiing of these highly intelligent gentle giants. Tours depart daily during the whale watching season from Byron Bay and run for 3.5 hours. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to see these mammals in their natural habitat.

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Get a sneak peak of what you can expect on a whale watching tour from this video showing a cruise near Hervey Bay (near Brisbane): 

Images courtesy Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, Destination Gold Coast & Getty Images

Things to do and seeOn the Gold Coast in Queensland

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