Whale watching in Brisbane: A guide to the top experiences, locations and deals

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From the true VIP experience to family-friendly fun, we've brought together all the details on Brisbane whale watching cruises in one easy guide.

Keep reading to find out exactly what's on offer and how you can nab a saving or two.

Our top picks: Whale watching experiences you can book in Brisbane right now

VIP Brisbane whale watching cruise

VIP Brisbane whale watching cruise from RedBalloon

Best for: Birthdays and anniversaries

    • Receive the VIP treatment from $195
    • Exclusive mid-deck seating behind the captain’s wheelhouse
    • Priority lunch service with a gourmet picnic lunch box
    • Complimentary beverage
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    Whale Watching Full Day Cruise

    Whale Watching Full Day Cruise from RedBalloon

    Best for: Ocean lovers

      • Enjoy an all-day cruise from $139
      • Fast cruise with 3 viewing decks
      • Guaranteed viewing spot by the rails
      • Commentary by a marine naturalist
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      Why you can trust our recommendations for whale watching in Brisbane

      • We compared whale watching in Brisbane options with top brands like RedBalloon, Adrenaline, Viator and Groupon to find the top experiences.
      • We put ourselves in your shoes and considered what most people would look for when booking experiences, whether it's location, price, inclusions or availability.
      • When possible, we'll include first-hand reviews of our whale watching in Brisbane experiences.

      Whale watching in Brisbane: Compare experiences, locations and more

      ExperiencesDeparts fromDurationExtras/inclusionsWhere to book
      Whale Watching AdventureBrisbane CBD5.5 hours
      • Gourmet picnic lunchbox
      • Live commentary
      • Licensed snack, bar and souvenir counter
      Whale Watching cruise around Brisbane's Moreton BayRedcliffe (Brisbane)4.5 hours
      • Gourmet picnic lunch available
      • Snack, souvenir and licensed bar counter
      Whale Watching Full Day Cruise - from Brisbane Brisbane CBD1 day
      • River cruise included
      • Morning tea supplied
      • Expert commentary
      • Personalised service
      Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with TransfersRedcliffe5 hours
      • Transfers to and from Brisbane CBD
      • Gourmet picnic lunch
      • Family tickets available
      VIP Brisbane Whale Watching CruiseRedcliffe5 hours
      • Bus transfers to and from Brisbane CBD
      • Exclusive mid-deck lounge
      • Beverage upon boarding
      • Gourmet picnic lunch box

      Where can I book a whale watching experience in Brisbane?

      Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
      Adrenaline - Whale watching in Brisbane
      5 years
      RedBalloon - Whale watching in Brisbane
      5 years
      Klook - Whale watching in Brisbane
      Depends on the individual experience
      Viator - Whale watching in Brisbane
      Depends on the individual experience
      Experience Oz
      Experience Oz - Whale watching in Brisbane
      3 years
      Wotif - Whale watching in Brisbane
      Depends on the individual experience

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      Frequently asked questions about whale watching experiences in Brisbane

      Where can I do whale watching in Brisbane?

      Whale watching cruises in Brisbane depart from either the city centre or from Redcliffe. The cruises then take you to Moreton Bay for a majestic day on the water where you'll hopefully spot some whales.

      When is the whale watching season in Brisbane?

      To have any chance of seeing whales, you'll want to get your tickets booked for between June and October when they're migrating through Moreton Bay.

      What do I wear while whale watching in Brisbane?

      When you're out whale watching, you should dress comfortably. Wear enclosed, flat shoes with some warm layers in case you get cold. Pack a light rain jacket in case you do get up close and personal with some humpbacks.

      Remember to also take a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for sun protection.

      Is morning or afternoon better for whale watching?

      Neither time is particularly better than the other, although if there are more boats out on the water at a particular time, this can affect the whales' behaviour.

      All day whale watching cruises are a popular option to maximise your time on the water.

      What happens if my tour does not find whales?

      Some tour operators will give a voucher to use for another trip if you don't spot any on your trip, but seeing whales is almost never a guarantee – after all, they are wild creatures.

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