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Whale Watching and Surfers Paradise Day Trip from Brisbane
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Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration:
8 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $92.89 per person

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Experience the best that Surfers Paradise has to offer on this day trip from Brisbane. Cruise the canals and see the homes of the Gold Coast's rich and famous. Watch humpback whales at play from your purpose built, whale watching vessel. After your cruise, there is some time (45 mins) for your own exploration of Surfers Paradise before returning to Brisbane.

On arrival to Surfers Paradise, board your state of the art vessel. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.

Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. You'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience.

Following your cruise, you'll have 45 mins of free time to explore Surfers Paradise at your own leisure Stroll through the designer boutiques and explore the stunning beaches before your return transfer to Brisbane.

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Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise
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Location: Fraser Island, Australia
Duration:
4 hours
Price:
Starting from $102.18 per person

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Watch whales dive and play on a whale-watching cruise from Hervey Bay. Cruising in a catamaran specially designed for whale watching, enjoy close-up encounters with majestic humpback whales from the viewing platform or underwater windows. Get more out of your wildlife encounter with experienced staff to guide you, and hear a detailed commentary about whales and their marine environment.

Step onto your specially designed whale-watching catamaran and set sail from Hervey Bay.

Listen to an expert's commentary as you head out to sea and scan the water for whales. See whales in their natural environment from a choice of two vantage points. Watch from inside the boat through the underwater viewing windows, or head to the boat's unique outdoor platform for unforgettable views.

Your air-conditioned catamaran is equipped with hydrophones so you can hear the whales sing, and the multilingual staff can provide whale information in six languages.

Smaller kids keep busy with toys and activities provided on board, and you can take home a free whale-watching DVD.

Enjoy tea and coffee with biscuits and cake on the trip out, and an antipasto platter to share on the return trip home. You can also buy drinks from the licensed bar (own expense).

Whale sightings are guaranteed, so if you don't spot any whales you can enjoy a return Hervery Bay whale-watching cruise on a different day for free!

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Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast
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Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $70.60 per person

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See magnificent humpback whales at play on this half-day cruise from the Gold Coast. You'll enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views from all three decks of your purpose built vessel and the experienced crew, including a marine naturalist guide, will provide the closest whale encounters possible. With a maximum of 65 passengers per cruise, this is one of the the Gold Coast's most intimate and informative whale watching experiences.

Board your state of the art vessel in Surfers Paradise. After a brief safety introduction, your tour starts with a scenic canal cruise down the Nerang River while your knowledgeable crew point out the spectacular homes of the rich and famous.

Your cruise continues past the beautiful South Stradbroke Island to the nearby waters of the Australian Whale Sanctuary. Each year between the months of May and October, humpbacks whales migrate to these subtropical waters to mate and give birth. With three departures per day you'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps. There will be plenty of photo opportunities as bottle-nose dolphins, giant loggerhead turtles, killer whales and various sea birds also call these waters home. Your marine naturalist guide will also provide informative and unique commentary and the experienced crew are dedicated to providing you with the ultimate whale watching experience.

Seasonal: June to October

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Stradbroke Island and Whale Watching Cruise Including BBQ Lunch
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Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration:
8 hours
Price:
Starting from $119.83 per person

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Experience the Gold Coast's 'Humpback Highway' on a whale-watching cruise to Stradbroke Island. Choose from five viewing platforms on your 3-hour whale-watching cruise, and take a Broadwater canal cruise on the Gold Coast. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and beach activities on Stradbroke Island. Spot whales, dolphins, turtles, possums and wallabies on this fun-packed big day out for all the family.

Start your cruise at Mariners Cove Marina at Main Beach. Set sail on an air-conditioned, high-speed catamaran, the largest and most stable vessel operating on the Gold Coast.

Choose from five viewing platforms as you cruise across the water to South Stradbroke Island. Unobstructed 360-degree views of the water make it easy for you to keep an eye out for humpback whales. The onboard team of experts will keep you informed and entertained, providing insights into the whales and their annual migration through these waters. You might see mothers with their babies and large pods of migrating whales, along with dolphins and sea turtles.

Enjoy hot drinks and muffins for breakfast while watching out for whales, and ask the onboard professional photographer for photos if you forgot to bring your camera.

Your cruise continues along the Broadwater canal, passing the Gold Coast's skyscrapers, beaches and homes of the rich and famous, on its way to McLaren's Landing on South Stradbroke Island.

Arrive at the island's Bali-inspired resort at McLaren’s Landing for a delicious barbecue lunch on the beach. In the afternoon, relax on the sand near the licensed cocktail bar and enjoy the resort's live entertainment and daily wallaby feeding. Want some exercise? Join in the beach activities and water sports, with a choice of free canoes, beach volleyball, pool table and darts. You can also choose from a range of reasonably priced optional activities, including jet skis, Segway safaris, 4WD and tobogganing adventures, and speedboat rides (at own expense).

Keep a lookout for monitor lizards, possums and wallabies while you're on South Stradbroke Island, and scan the water for dolphins and turtles on your late-afternoon return cruise to the Gold Coast.

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Whale-Watching Cruise and Fremantle Day Trip from Perth
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Location: Perth, Australia
Duration:
9 hours
Price:
Starting from $74.31 per person

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Experience the thrill of humpback whales breaching, swimming and playing in the water on a whale-watching cruise from Perth. As you listen to expert commentary provided by the Centre for Whale Research, you’ll see the largest migration of whales in the southern hemisphere. With large viewing platforms, great photo opportunities and a whale-sighting guarantee, this is the ultimate whale-watching cruise. After the cruise, you'll have time for your own exploration of Fremantle before returning to Perth.


Your full-day excursion begins with a pleasant cruise down the Swan River from Perth to Fremantle. Then you’ll board your custom-built whale-watching boat for your two-hour whale-watching cruise. Be entranced by these gentle giants of the sea as they make their way along the Humpback Highway, a migration path that circles the globe.

With expert commentary provided by the Centre for Whale Research, everything you’ve ever wanted to know about whales can be answered. Listen to the songs of the whales with the special underwater hydrophone equipment, and see the whales from the onboard viewing decks, which offer great photo opportunities. (Please note: Use of the hydrophone is dependent on weather conditions.)

There is no better place to view the migration than from the coast of Perth, where more than 35,000 whales and their calves make their way south to the Antarctic.

After the whale-watching cruise, you have time to enjoy the afternoon in the historic port town of Fremantle, home to heritage buildings, local artisans and designers, and a café culture sure to impress. Use your whale-watching ticket for discounts on food, museums and sightseeing tours, before cruising up the Swan River, back to Perth.

Whale guarantee: in the unlikely event that the whales are not sighted, customers are entitled to one free whale-watching tour within the same season.

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Whale-Watching Cruise and Hillarys Boat Harbour Day Trip from Perth
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Location: Perth, Australia
Duration:
4 hours or 7 hours (depending on the option selected)
Price:
Starting from $62.24 per person

Highlights

Head north from Perth to Hillarys Boat Harbour for a whale-watching cruise off the Sunset Coast. Spot dolphins and whales, and then spend the afternoon one of two ways: you can choose to return to Perth directly after your cruise, or stay at Hillarys and see more wildlife at the Aquarium of Western Australia.

After pickup from your Perth hotel, board a small, air-conditioned coach and travel 15 miles (25 km) north of Perth to Hillarys Boat Harbour on the Sunset Coast, listening to commentary about the area from your driver. When you arrive at Hillarys, a popular marina and entertainment destination, step aboard the boat for your two-hour whale-spotting tour. This tour runs seasonally from mid-September to the end of November to coincide with the whales’ annual migration along the Western Australia coast.

Your cruise will return at about 1:45pm to Hillarys, where two options await you: return to Perth straight away, or spend free time at Hillarys to have lunch (own expense), relax in the sunshine and visit the Aquarium of Western Australia (entry included). The aquarium’s highlights include seals, dolphins and rays from Western Australia’s turquoise waters. If you choose this option, you’ll depart for Perth at approximately 4:30pm.

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Small-Group Jervis Bay Whale-Watching Cruise and South Coast Day Trip from Sydney
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration:
12 hours
Price:
Starting from $156.98 per person

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This small-group day trip from Sydney shows you the highlights of the New South Wales (NSW) South Coast including Kangaroo Valley and the Southern Highlands, with stops at famous places including Fitzroy Falls and the Kiama Blowhole. In addition, take an exciting 2-hour whale-watching cruise on Jervis Bay and follow the humpback highway as mighty whales migrate along the magnificent coastline south of Sydney. Morning and afternoon tea and a tasty picnic lunch are included.

Enjoy a great day away from Sydney and see nature in all its glory. Depart from the city in the morning and travel south to Stanwell Tops, a popular lookout spot, to admire spectacular scenic views of the countryside and coastal region. Then, take a walk over one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in Australia, the magnificent Sea Cliff Bridge, before traveling to Kiama and the famous blowhole , the largest blowhole in the world. See the vigorous sprays of water from the blowhole reach amazing heights.The name Kiama is derived from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘where the sea makes noise,’ and you will certainly hear it! Wander around the nearby UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kiama Lighthouse, which opened in 1887, and take some time to enjoy morning tea.

Afterwards, board a boat for a 2-hour whale-watching cruise on Jervis Bay! See humpback whales as they migrate up and down the coastline, and spot pods of bottlenose dolphins, seals, fish and birds. Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the pristine Jervis Bay and take a walk along the white sand of at Hyams Beach, where you can take a swim or simply relax.

Next, visit an Aboriginal craft shop to see boomerangs and didgeridoos being handcrafted. Continue the drive to Kangaroo Valley and visit the historic Hampden Bridge, the oldest surviving suspension bridge in Australia.

The last stop of the day is magnificent Fitzroy Falls, where the waterfall plunges 262 feet (80 meters) down into thick eucalyptus tree forests. Enjoy afternoon tea and take a short walk through the rainforest before journeying through the scenic Southern Highlands and townships of historic Bowral and Mittagong.

This small-group tour has a maximum of 11 participants and is a great way to explore the NSW South Coast and see some of the best coastal scenery in Australia.

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Sydney Eco Whale Watching Small Group Cruise
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration:
4 hours
Price:
Starting from $106.82 per person

Highlights

Want to see whales in Sydney? Experience the majestic whales close up when a large number of Humpback and Southern Right Whales start their migration north along the Australian coastline, from Antarctica, to their breeding grounds in Queensland. They swim close to the coastline around Sydney providing memorable whale spotting opportunities. Book your Sydney whale watching cruise today!

A Sydney whale watching cruise is, simply put, an awe-inspiring experience. Have you ever seen these majestic creatures up close? Well, here is your chance and one of the best ways to enjoy such an experience is aboard the luxury yacht Katrina.

This personalized small group eco-tour caters for only a 12 passengers at a time. No pushing crowds and lots of personal attention will make this a powerful, spiritual experience. The yacht Katrina provides a luxurious, mobile platform to take you to the best vantage point to see these wonderful, awe inspiring creatures.

You may also get the chance to see other marine animals including dolphins, seals, albatross and much more marine life!

One major advantage of small numbers is there will be plenty of space and no crowds. Prepare to be amazed.

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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration:
Varies
Price:
Starting from $81.74 per person

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See magnificent humpback and southern right whales at play on a Sydney whale-watching cruise. From Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, this open-water cruise will take you through the entrance of Sydney Harbour and into the open Pacific in search of whales. The open-air viewing decks on board the catamaran offer unobstructed views and the best opportunities for spotting and watching the whales. Getting up close to these gentle giants of the sea is an awe-inspiring experience that you don’t want to miss. With record numbers of whales due to pass along Sydney's coastline this migration season, there are sure to be plenty of sightings and great photo opportunities!

Experience one of nature’s greatest migrations as the humpback and southern right whales of the Pacific Ocean journey between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef. During the months of May to October, Sydney’s coastline becomes a playground for these gentle giants. With an estimated 15,000 whales due to pass along Sydney’s coast, this year’s whale migration season promises to be one of the biggest in decades.

Board your boat at either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, and cruise through Sydney Harbour and into the open ocean through Sydney Heads. You'll have the opportunity to see the whales at play, often performing spectacular aerial leaps.

The vessel is custom- built to cruise the open waters, and there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the sights and look for whales. The outdoor viewing decks offer great views, and the indoor all-weather lounge, provides a comfortable and warm place to relax while out on the open seas.

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Sydney Whale-Watching Cruise Including Lunch
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Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration:
4 hours
Price:
Starting from $67.11 per person

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Enjoy Sydney sightseeing, a BBQ lunch and whale watching on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you cruise around Sydney Harbour and dine on a delicious buffet lunch served on board. Then head out into the open sea to go whale watching, passing through the Sydney Harbour Heads and into the Pacific Ocean. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, with plenty of room inside and out for whale watching in comfort on board your spacious sightseeing vessel.

After departing from Sydney’s King Street Wharf, sit back and relax as your leisurely sightseeing cruise on Sydney Harbour begins. Take in views of Sydney’s iconic landmarks from the water, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and Kirribilli House.

While enjoying views of Elizabeth Bay, Double Bay and other tucked-away beaches and coves, dine on a delicious BBQ lunch served on board. Make your choice from the extensive buffet, with alcoholic drinks available to purchase (own expense).

After lunch, cruise through the Sydney Harbour Heads, passing the sights of Manly Beach and the rocky cliffs of Watsons Bay and The Gap. Keep a lookout for whales as you leave the harbor and enter the Pacific Ocean, and your guided whale-watching cruise begins.

Listen to commentary as you catch sight of humpback whales performing acrobatics or you may even see magnificent southern right whales, a pod of shiny black-and-white orca whales, or the largest creature on the planet, the blue whale.

Whale sightings are guaranteed, so if you don't spot any whales you can enjoy a return Sydney Harbour whale-watching cruise for free.

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