Whale Watching Cruise


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Ages 14+
Ages 3-13
Ages 0-2
2 Adults + 1 Child + 1 Child FREE
Fare are web only. Not available on all times and days. Not available on Family tickets or Gift Vouchers. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.
One child travels free on family tickets. Not available in conjunction with any other offer.

Whale Watching with the Experts

Reaching an ancient underwater corridor known as the Humpback Highway in just 20-minutes, enjoy a breathtaking vantage point of 35,000 migrating whales. Marvel at their spectacular and acrobatic aerial displays. See mother whales tenderly care for calves. Feel dwarfed by the size of gentle giants as they curiously approach the vessel. Keep your camera at the ready because whales aren’t the only stars of the show – our cruises routinely encounter charismatic dolphins, enormous sea turtles and resident and migratory seabirds.

Departure Schedule

Available daily during the whale watching season.

Departure Time
Return Time

6:00 AM*

8:30 AM

8:00 AM

10:15 AM

9:00 AM

11:15 AM

11:00 AM

1:15 PM

12:00 PM

2:15 PM

2:00 PM

4:15 PM

3:00 PM

5:15 PM

* Wake Up with the Whales Cruise. Available weekends & peak periods only. Breakfast served at 6:00 AM. Vessel departs at 6:30 AM.

Upgrade to our VIP Captains Lounge seating!

Cruise Highlights

Watch humpback whales play against the Surfers Paradise skyline
Learn from the passionate crew and experienced naturalist guides
Choice of two vessels purpose-built whale watching vessels 
Restricted passenger numbers and guaranteed rail-side viewing
Listen to the whales sing via underwater hydrophones

Details of the cruise

Your tour includes:
  • Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World 
  • 100% Whale Sighting Guarantee
  • Onboard audio/visual presentations
  • Educational activity book for every child 
  • Professional photographer
  • Fully-licensed onboard bar 
  • Mobile app with citizen science integration

Check-in time is at least 20 minutes prior to tour departure time.

The Deck Cafe
Nothing builds up an appetite like a journey to the Humpback Highway. Thankfully the Sea World Cruises chefs recognise this and are serving up delicious brekky and lunch options daily. With a strong focus on seasonal and local produce and unrestricted views of the Gold Coast Broadwater – it’s the perfect way to begin, or complete, your whale watching adventure.

Where are we?
Sea World Cruises whale watching tours depart from the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal in the car park outside Sea World at Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Entry to Sea World Marine Park is not required.

100% Whale Sightings Guarantee
In the unlikely event that your tour fails to sight a whale you will be provided with a FREE return whale watching cruise valid for 12-months.

Please email us for enquiries about exclusive use charter of Spirit of Migaloo for functions, conferences or whale watching tours.

Booking changes and cancellations are available without penalty up to 24 hours before departure. Within 24 hours, 100% of the fare is forfeited. For groups of 10 or more, 72 hours notice is required. All cruises are weather, minimum passenger number, and Queensland Health advisory dependent. In the unlikely event of a cancellation by the operator, you will be provided with a full refund (excl. gift vouchers) or a 12-month credit to use towards another cruise. The operator reserves the right to substitute the vessel or change the itinerary without notice. All return times are approximate. Conditions of Travel may vary if you have booked with a travel agent as your booking is subject to their terms and conditions. For more information and to access the full Conditions of Travel, please visit thetourcollective.com.au/conditions.

Important Passenger Information

Sea World Cruises is committed to conducting the highest health and safety practices and ensuring that our tourism services are COVID Safe. Please read the following important passenger information before travelling: click here

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Frequently asked questions

Where do our cruises depart?

Sea World Cruises has 2 locations

Surfers Paradise Terminal – board here for Sightseeing & Dining Cruises

Main Beach Terminal – board here for Whale Watching

For more information, click here

What is our cancellation policy?

We understand plans change. As long as you let us know 24 hours prior to your departure, you can cancel at any time (excluding special event cruises). Date changes are also free of charge. Just call our customer support on (07) 5539 9299.

I have special dietary requirements

Our kitchen team can accomodate your dietary requirements. Please call our customer support on (07) 5539 9299 to discuss your requirements.

Will I see a whale?

We deliver on our promise to see a whale. If your tour fails to see a whale, we will provide you with a free return cruise.

Is food & drinks provided on the whale watching cruise?

Drinks and snacks are provided free of charge with our VIP Captains lounge tickets only. Food is available for purchase on-board or at our Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal Cafe.

What happens if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

On the rare occasion our tours are cancelled due to bad weather, we will contact you to advise. You can move your booking to another day OR a receive a full refund.

It's raining, do we still cruise?

The Gold Coast boasts 300 days of sunshine per year. All of the vessels in our fleet have ample indoor seating and do operate in the rain.

Can children go?

Children are more than welcome, but will require parent supervision at all times.

Can I take my pram onto the boat?

Prams can go on-board all cruises with the exception of whale watching. Prams can be stored at the Sea World Cruises Main Beach Terminal.

Are there toilets on-board?

Both of our vessels have 4 toilets on-board, one of which is wheelchair accessible.

Are the vessels wheelchair accessible?

Passengers who require the use of a wheelchair must notify Sea World Cruises at least 24 hours before the day of departure to ensure our crew are prepared and the wheelchair passenger is not inconvenienced. Wheelchair stations on the vessel are limited to one per tour. Due to safety reasons, we are unable to accommodate electric wheelchairs on our vessels. Electric wheelchairs are not permitted on the vessels due to safety requirements.

Note: Unfortunately disabled toilets are currently unavailable on the vessel Spirit of Elston. Affected tours include Morning, Lunch, Afternoon and Dinner calm waterways cruises.

Please call our customer support on (07) 5539 9299 to notify us.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us.

Book your Whale Watching Cruise today!

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