Where and when to spot these magnificent beasts on the Gold Coast.
Watching whales as they migrate along the east coast of Australia is a spectacle like no other. These beautiful creatures captivate us as they swim, lifting and slapping their tails and fins and blowing jets of water through their blowholes.
Queensland’s Gold Coast is prime for witnessing whales as they journey up or down the coast to breed and give birth to their calves. While seaside vantage points work a treat to catch them, there’s something unsurpassable about sailing alongside humpback and southern right whales while on a cruise.
If that sounds like your cup of tea, we know a few deals that can get you onboard to watch the migration for cheap.
Best whale watching cruises on the Gold Coast
Morning or Afternoon Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise
Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast
Whale Watching Cruise with Gold Coast Adventures
2.5-Hour Whale Watching Cruise
Heading up to the Sunshine Coast? Best whale watching cruises in Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay offers a heap of whale watching cruises, many of which guarantee a sighting during peak periods or you’ll get another cruise for free. Here are a few of the best:
Spirit Half-Day Whale Watching
Spirit 3/4 Day Whale Watching
Exclusive Whale Watching Encounter
When is whale watching season on the Gold Coast?
While whale watching season on the Gold Coast runs from May to November every year, the best time to catch the migration is between June and October.
Between May and July you’ll find the whales making their way north to breed, and from August onwards you’ll see them heading back south with their young.
The most common breeds you’ll witness are humpback whales and southern right whales, though if you’re lucky you may also spy killer whales (orcas) or false killer whales.
What is the best time for whale watching on the Gold Coast during the season?
The peak periods of activity for whale watching on the Gold Coast are slightly before and slightly after breeding. If you’re looking to increase your chances of seeing them, mid-June to July and mid-September to October are the ideal periods to do this.
Another good way to see when the whales will pass by Byron Bay and the Gold Coast is to keep an eye on when they pass Sydney.