Air New Zealand Activities

Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast

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  • Location: Gold Coast, Australia
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5087OOLWHALES
See magnificent humpback whales at play on this half-day cruise from the Gold Coast. You'll enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views from all three decks of your purpose built vessel and the experienced crew, including a marine naturalist guide, will provide the closest whale encounters possible. With a maximum of 65 passengers per cruise, this is one of the the Gold Coast's most intimate and informative whale watching experiences.


  • Family friendly
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Board your state of the art vessel in Surfers Paradise. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.

Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. With three departures per day you'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience.

Seasonal: June to October

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Rivergate Marina
Departure Time:
Morning: 7:30am
Midday: 11am
Afternoon: 2:30pm

Boarding commences 20-minutes prior to cruise departure
3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Morning Whale Watch Cruise
Code: 7.30AM

Morning Whale Watching 3.15hr Cruise from the Gold Coast. Cruise departs at 7:30am, returns at 10.45am

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Midday Whale Watch Cruise
Code: 11AM

Morning Whale Watching 3.15hr Cruise from the Gold Coast. Cruise departs at 11:00am, returns at 2:15pm

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Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise
Code: 2:30PM

Afternoon Whale Watching 3.15hr Cruise from the Gold Coast. Cruise departs at 2:30, returns at 5:45pm

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Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast

Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast

  • 3.15 -hour whale watching cruise
  • Commentary by a Marine Naturalist
  • Coffee and biscuits
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional Information:
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
  • 100% guarantee whale sightings or receive a free return cruise
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: karyn_lau, November 2015

My first whale watching, is awesome, we get to see a mother and calf, Hammerhead shark and dolphins...highly recommend!

Reviewed by: Marion L, August 2014

We both loved it. Excellent value for money and would not hesitate to do it again.

** You need to update your directions. The tour no longer leaves from the wharf you directed us to but it is now easier to pick up your tickets from the main booth.

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Tour code: 5087OOLWHALES