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Sea World Whale Watch

Sea World Whale Watching Cruise

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  • Only 20 minutes to the whales
  • Purpose-built whale watching vessel
  • Departs from Sea World
  • 3 levels of viewing decks
  • Onboard 3D Virtual Tour
  • Hear the whales sing
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Departing from Sea World on the Gold Coast, this is one of Australia’s premier whale watching experiences. Join marine experts for a close encounter with majestic Humpback Whales aboard one of Australia’s newest and luxurious whale watching vessels. Within minutes of the Gold Coast, cruise to the ‘Humpback Highway’ and spy on the world’s largest animals from 6 spacious viewing platforms from sea level to the sundeck with a spectacular backdrop of the Surfers Paradise skyline. During the 2.5 hour cruise learn more about these fascinating marine creatures and listen to unique whale songs live with an underwater microphone on board.

The Gold Coast whale watching season runs from early June to November and whale watching cruises will depart daily from the Sea World Cruise Terminal at 7.30am, 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm. Enjoy an early morning cruise before a day of activities on the Gold Coast or relax and sleep in with late afternoon departures available. If your whale watching cruise fails to sight a whale then an alternative date will be offered.

Don't miss out on the 2019 whale watching season- book your whale watching cruise online here!


  • 2.5 hour Whale Watch Cruise
  • In the unlikely event your tour fails to see a whale you will receive a free return cruise voucher


Visit our Terminal Cafe! Nothing builds up an appetite like a journey to the high seas. Thankfully the Sea World Cruises chefs recognise this and are serving up delicious brekky and lunch options on the 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.


  • VIP Lounge "Captains Club" offers passenger to access to the VIP area which you can have interactive communication with a captain. Also, get complimentary refreshments and snacks.


  • Watch the Humpback Whales at play against the spectacular backdrop of Surfers Paradise
  • Knowledgeable crew
  • Purpose-built new boat for Gold Coast sea condition
  • Uninterrupted grandstand views from 3 spacious viewing platforms


  • Tours depart daily from early June to early November at 7:30am, 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm.
  • Departing from the Sea World Cruise Terminal, located in the car park outside of Sea World, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

What To Bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Binoculars
  • Warm clothes
  • Flat shoes
  • Sea sickness remedy if required

Additional Information

  • Guaranteed sightings or we will provide you alternative date
  • Cruises will be cancelled upon the discretion of the cruise operator taking into account the weather conditions of the day
  • Please advise at time of booking in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the Shopping Cart if you are travelling with an infant

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
  • Sea World Whale Watch will not provide a refund of any kind to passengers if a tour fails to sight a whale, in the unlikely event your tour fails to see a whale you will receive a free return cruise voucher.
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Angie Prior 2 weeks ago
Great company! Great vessel! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Had the best time, saw a few whales and was lucky enough to follow a very active whale that gave us quite a show. Would definitely go with Sea world again! Worth every penny!
Great company
Angie Prior 2 weeks ago

Great company! Great vessel! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Had the best time, saw a few whales and was lucky enough to follow a very active whale that gave us quite a show. Would definitely go with Sea world again! Worth every penny!

Such a magical experience onboard yesterday
Kim Cartledge 2 weeks ago

Such a magical experience onboard yesterday. We had a very playful juvenile whale showing off most of the trip. Staff are extremely welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend Sea World Cruises Whale Watching tour. The crew were very informative about the whales.

The most considerate staff
Sharon Peters 2 weeks ago

The most considerate staff. Plenty of information given by guide experience overload what was offered in the package was supplied the experience we had on our tour onboard our boat was clean easy access to all sights safety was enhanced whole trip. We saw heaps of whales but also the cityscape was pointed out with so much information given on whales our surrounding area plus the aftercare when leaving tour was still very courteous and all thoughts gave no matter what age.

We had the best whale watch cruise experience from Sea World
Tirza Lim 3 weeks ago

We had the best whale watch cruise experience from Sea World. The moment we arrived at the terminal, we felt welcomed by the staff. The ride was choppy at the start, could also because we were standing on the top deck, but the cruise was well worth it. The crew was fantastic, we saw heaps of humpback whales activities. It was amazing, without a doubt, it was a memorable experience!

Amazing staff
Hrishikesh Deshpande 4 weeks ago

Amazing staff. Good information provided during the cruise. Saw like ten whales. The whales are more curious than us. They came for human watching & not us to watch the whales. Just carry a jacket as at the time you might feel a little cold. 10 on 10 to the crew members & the whole idea of the whale watching.

Amazing day
Lorelle Vergara 1 month ago

Amazing day. Two whales were lazily swimming near the boat. Staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. They ensured we got as close as allowed to the whales. Beautiful new boat. Had a thoroughly enjoyable day and will definitely go whale watching with Seaworld again as they care about the animals and the ocean.

Very nice whale watching experience on a modern ship
Danula Hettiachchi 1 month ago

Very nice whale watching experience on a modern ship, which has many spaces for you to catch a good view. The crew is friendly and the journey is quite comfortable for a sea ride. You will also see absolutely stunning views of Gold Coast Skyline from the sea.

It's my first time to watch whales on a cruise
Shane Fuller 1 month ago

It's my first time to watch whales on a cruise. It's an unforgettable, amazing experience! We were so excited to see the Humpback whales breathing above water! At the same time, there were few dolphins following along with these whales, how harmonious scene it is!

Jade Brydges 1 month ago

Wow! Had an amazing time saw so many whales! I would go back again in a heart beat! It was a beautiful day also the information about the whales that was discussed on the day was great learnt alot that. I would recommend my family and friends to attend this cruise.

The vessel was clean and comfortable
Fangqi Huang 2 months ago

The vessel was clean and comfortable, staff on board was knowledgeable and friendly, and to top it off we had the perfect weather - cool and sunny after several days of rain. We caught quite a few sightings of the whales, and on the return trip saw the beautiful sunset. Wonderful experience. Thank you!

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As you head out into the open ocean and if you suffer from seasickness, head to the pharmacy prior to your whale watch cruise and grab some seasickness remedy.
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