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

Get all the details on booking the whale watching experience of a lifetime in Queensland’s capital.

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From a VIP experience to family-friendly cruises, we've brought together all the details on Brisbane whale watching in one easy guide. Keep reading to find out exactly what's on offer and how to nab a possible saving or two.


Where can I book a whale watching experience in Brisbane and surrounding areas?

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Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
Adrenaline
Adrenaline - Whale watching in Brisbane
5 years
No
Yes
Yes
RedBalloon
RedBalloon - Whale watching in Brisbane
5 years
$10
Yes
Yes
Klook
Klook - Whale watching in Brisbane
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Viator
Viator - Whale watching in Brisbane
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
Experience Oz
Experience Oz - Whale watching in Brisbane
1 year
No
Yes
Yes
Wotif
Wotif - Whale watching in Brisbane
Depends on the individual experience
No
Yes
Yes
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Our top picks: Whale watching experiences you can book now in Brisbane

Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise – Full-Day with Brisbane Whale Watching

Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise – Full-Day with Brisbane Whale Watching from RedBalloon

Best for: Value

Highlights:
  • Full day duration
  • Daily tours during migration season
  • Guaranteed whale sightings and the chance to be guided by the South Pacific’s only female captain
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    Whale Watching Full-Day Cruise from Brisbane with Whales in Paradise

    Whale Watching Full-Day Cruise from Brisbane with Whales in Paradise from RedBalloon

    Best for: Experience length

    Highlights:
  • Full day of whale watching
  • Enjoy daily cruises during the migration season
  • Small group tour with viewings across decks
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    Cruise with Transfers with Brisbane Whale Watching

    Cruise with Transfers with Brisbane Whale Watching from RedBalloon

    Best for: Kids

    Highlights:
  • 5 hours of viewing on the water
  • Available daily during the migration season
  • Gourmet buffet lunch
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    VIP Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with Brisbane Whale Watching

    VIP Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with Brisbane Whale Watching from RedBalloon

    Best for: Guaranteed sightings

    Highlights:
  • 5 hours of whale watching
  • Available daily during migration season
  • VIP package includes a guaranteed window table and gourmet buffet lunch
  • Brisbane Whale Watching also has a 100% whale sightings guarantee
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    Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip

    Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Viator

    Best for: Avoiding crowds

    Highlights:
  • Spot the annual migration
  • Full package with Surfers Paradise exploration included
  • Whale sightings are guaranteed
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    Whale watching in Brisbane: Compare experiences, locations and more

    ExperiencesLocationDurationExtras/inclusionsWhere to book
    Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise - Full DayDeparts from Redcliffe1 day
    • Gourmet picnic lunch
    • Expert commentary
    • Transfers to and from Brisbane CBD, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
    RedBalloon
    Whale Watching Full Day Cruise from BrisbaneDeparts from Brisbane1 day
    • River cruise included
    • Morning tea supplied
    • Expert commentary
    • Personalised service
    RedBalloon
    Brisbane Whale Watching Cruise with TransfersDeparts from Redcliffe5 hours
    • Transfers to and from Brisbane CBD
    • Gourmet picnic lunch
    • Family tickets available
    RedBalloon
    VIP Brisbane Whale Watching CruiseDeparts from Redcliffe5 hours
    • Exclusive mid-deck seating
    • VIP hostess
    • Priority boarding and complimentary drinks
    • Gourmet lunch
    RedBalloon
    Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day TripDeparts from Brisbane City1 day
    • Expert commentary
    • Morning tea provided
    • Light lunch pack
    • Transfers included
     

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    Whale watching deals

    Groupon Groupon

    Up to 75% off Australia activities

    Ends

    RedBalloon RedBalloon
    Exclusive

    Extra $10 off site-wide with code

    Adrenaline Adrenaline

    Up to 85% off domestic activities

    RedBalloon RedBalloon
    Exclusive

    Extra 10% off Australia activities with code


    Frequently asked questions about whale watching in Brisbane

    Where can I go whale watching in Brisbane?

    Whale watching in Brisbane departs from either the city centre or via Redcliffe. The cruises then take you to Moreton Bay for a day of majestic viewing.

    When is the whale watching season in Brisbane?

    You'll want to get your tickets booked in between June and October as this is the Moreton Bay whale migration period.

    What do I wear while whale watching?

    It's recommended that you wear enclosed, flat shoes for the experience, and to dress warmly as the weather does get cooler on board. A light rain jacket is also a wise choice if you intend to get up close and personal.


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