Located on Queensland’s southeast coast, Australia’s Gold Coast is a playground of beaches, high skyscrapers, and dramatic surf breakers. The Gold Coast is balmy all year round, even during the winter solstice, compared to the chilly regions down south.
The Gold Coast is Australia’s whale-watching capital, it’s where you can have incredible adventures with front-row seats to the humpback highway.
It’s a natural phenomenon whereby these whales follow their instincts and leave the icy cold waters of the Antarctic to migrate north up Australia’s east coast to breed and raise their young in milder tropical waters before returning south months later.
Thousands of humpback whales visit Gold Coast, Australia every year from June to October. This is the best time of year to see these fascinating marine creatures up close. The size and colouration of humpback whales are breathtaking as are their acrobatic performances. These magnificent creatures have come back from the brink of extinction to become a global conservation success story, so much so that they are no longer classified as threatened.
There is no better way to experience the Humpback Highway than on your next Gold Coast vacation!
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Enjoy a magical experience among the gentle giants of the ocean with the marine experts of Sea World Whale Watch. There’s no better way to get up close and personal with one of the world’s largest marine mammals in an awe-inspiring natural experience during your time in Australia. With four departure times to select from, you won’t have to worry about missing out on the whale-watching experience at your convenience!
Choose from 4 departures daily:
11:00am, 12:00pm, 02:00pm, 03:00pm
Sea World Cruise Terminal outside Sea World
Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
This Gold Coast lunch cruise provides a seat aboard the large, brand new vessel “Spirit of Elston” and seamlessly blends the best of sightseeing the region has to offer with a delicious dining experience, resulting in one of the most memorable lunch experiences on the Gold Coast.
Views from the deck and the large windows will showcase some of the Gold Coast’s most famous regional highlights, including the magnificent homes of the rich and famous, the glittering waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater, and other renowned locations like iconic theme park Sea World, Marina Mirage and its cavalcade of yachts and wharfs, and the glamourous Palazzo Versace – Australia’s only “six star” hotel.
Take in the views of the glittering Surfers Paradise skyline, whilst enjoying the best local seasonal produce prepared by our onboard chef. The menu is perfectly paired with locally crafted beer, wine or one of our delicious cocktails. Dinner is served in the comfort of the enclosed main deck and accompanied by talented local musicians. After dinner, you can enjoy the open-top deck to marvel at the stars, and night lights and capture the perfect moment. When it comes to a special event or an unforgettable night out, this cruise is the best option!
From Sea World, you’ll see some of the Gold Coast’s most famous landmarks, including Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace, Surfers Paradise, and more, as you cruise down the Gold Coast’s canal system.
Get up close and personal with an array of beautiful marine life, including polar bears, penguins, rays and dolphins. Check out a wide range of fun and educational animal shows and presentations, such as the all-new Seal Guardians. From the action-packed Thunder Lake Stunt Show to the high-energy PAW Patrol on Holiday show, there’s a share of entertainment for everyone! Thrill seekers can brave the Storm Coaster and the brand new Vortex, while the little ones can explore Nickelodeon Land with kid-sized rides and all their favourite Nickelodeon characters at the Nickelodeon Character Meet and Greet.
Make your way to Main Beach where your captain greets you as you board your luxury yacht. After a short safety briefing, sit back and relax as your boat sets out on the protected waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater. Sip on sparkling wine and nibble on cheese and crackers, fresh fruit and prawns during your cruise. A non-seafood option can also be arranged.
Marvel at the super-yachts anchored at the Southport Yacht Club and Marina Mirage, then pass the luxurious Palazzo Versace Hotel en route to South Stradbroke Island. You may even spot dolphins swimming near the boat!
Your captain may share stories about the racing history of your vessel, which has appeared in four Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, one of the world’s most challenging yacht races.
On the return voyage, If you choose the sunset cruise, watch the lights flicker at Surfers Paradise and Southport as the twilight sky fades to an illuminated city skyline.
Important to note: Yacht cruises departs at 12:00pm & 05:00pm (04:00pm from April to September)
Experience the Australian outdoors and seafood culture on this Gold Coast cruise on Tweed River, where you feed fish, pelicans, pump for yabbies and catch a crab. This multi-award-winning “Catch-a-Crab” tour offers a truly unforgettable experience!