Whale watching in Brisbane

Watch these magnificent creatures dance in the water during this year's whale migration along Australia's east coast.

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There are few words that can truly describe the true beauty of these large mammals so you'll have to witness them yourself.

We've found whale watching tours for every budget and style from Brisbane to see these majestic creatures on their way to and from warmer waters.


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Best for price: Classic Whale Watching Day Cruise with Tangalooma Island Resort

Best for price: Classic Whale Watching Day Cruise with Tangalooma Island Resort from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $129
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Available on:Daily during migration season
  • Extras: Get access to all resort facilities with a Tangalooma Island Resort day pass and see the “Discover the World of Dolphins” presentation at the Eco Centre

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Best for value: Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise – Full-Day with Brisbane Whale Watching

Best for value: Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise – Full-Day with Brisbane Whale Watching from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $135
  • Duration: Full day
  • Available on: Daily during migration season
  • Extras: Guaranteed whale sightings, gourmet lunch and the chance to be guided by the South Pacific’s only female captain

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Best for experience length: Whale Watching Full-Day Cruise from Brisbane with Whales in Paradise

Best for experience length: Whale Watching Full-Day Cruise from Brisbane with Whales in Paradise from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $139
  • Duration: Full day
  • Available on: Daily during migration season
  • Extras: Small group tour with viewings across decks. Includes river/canal cruise through Surfers Paradise

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Best for kids: Cruise with Transfers with Brisbane Whale Watching

Best for kids: Cruise with Transfers with Brisbane Whale Watching from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $165
  • Duration: 5 hours on the water
  • Available on: Daily during migration season
  • Extras: Gourmet buffet lunch and return transfers from Brisbane to Redcliffe included

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Best for guaranteed sightings: VIP Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with Brisbane Whale Watching

Best for guaranteed sightings: VIP Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with Brisbane Whale Watching from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $165
  • Duration: 5 hours on the water
  • Available on: Daily during migration season
  • Extras: VIP package includes priority seating and a guaranteed window table and gourmet buffet lunch. Brisbane Whale Watching also has a 100% whale sightings guarantee.

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When is whale watching season in Brisbane?

Catch sightings of humpback whales on the Humpback Highway in Moreton Bay from the beginning of June until the end of October. If you're lucky you may spot some whales just before or after.

Whale watching cruises compared

Cruise nameLocationDurationExtras/inclusionsPrice (from)Book
Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with TransfersMoreton Bay5 hoursReturn bus transfers, gourmet lunch$165RedBalloon
VIP Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with TransfersMoreton Bay5 hoursReturn bus transfers, gourmet lunch, complimentary drink, guaranteed window seats$195RedBalloon
VIP Brisbane Whale Watching CruiseMoreton Bay5 hoursPriority boarding, guaranteed window seats, gourmet lunch$165
Whale Watching Full-Day CruiseBrisbaneFull dayReturn transfers, tea, coffee and biscuits$139
Brisbane Whale Watching CruiseMoreton BayFull dayReturn transfers, gourmet buffet luncheon$135
Tangalooma Island Resort Classic Whale Watching Day CruiseMoreton Bay10 hours3-hour cruise with lunch on board, access pass to Tangalooma Island Resort, 1 standard beverage, "Discover the World of Dolphins" presentation$129
Moreton Bay Cruise with Dolphin Feeding and Whale WatchingMoreton Island12 hoursLunch, scenic cruise, access pass to Tangalooma Island Resort, complimentary standard beverage, free digital dolphin-feeding photo$199

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