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- A 2 hr 30 min to 3 hr whale watching cruise on the Sunshine Coast
- Opportunities to spot majestic marine displays from humpback whales, such as spy hops, pectoral slaps, & body rolls
- A 100% guarantee on whale sightings (conditions apply)
- Departs from the meeting point at Shop 11 – 12, The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD
Sunshine Coast Whale Watching CruiseTake a trip to the Sunshine Coast for an educational & informative whale watching cruise.
- Drink & snack purchases
What to Expect
The humpback whale migration is one of the most magnificent natural encounters you can have. This educational and informative cruise will give you an immersive experience to learn more about these incredible sea mammals.
After you've checked in and boarded the boat, all guests get a thorough briefing on the way out of the Mooloolaba River. The trip out takes around 15 minutes.
You can feel the excitement all around as you look along the horizon for the first blow or splash from these gentle giants. These amazing animals can sense the boat nearby and curiously swim up to see the excitement.
To help you sight the whales, the crew will ensure you know what you should be looking for. You'll look for mainly blows or significant surface activity from the humpback whales. However, it's not uncommon for you to also spot dolphins, turtles and other amazing animals on our trips.
After spotting whales, what you experience is entirely left up to the whale. See their breathtaking breaches, loud tail and pecslaps, tail lobs, spy hops and performing their classic peduncle throws!
While you're whale watching, you can purchase hotdogs, snacks, soft drinks and alcohol (alcohol after 10:00 am). There is also indoor and outdoor, upstairs and downstairs seating on the vessel, plus two marine toilets.
Where we Visit:
- The waters off the coast of Mooloolaba
Frequently Asked Questions
Warm clothes, appropriate footwear, and jumper. Please ensure you have your personal medications with you e.g. asthmatics, heart disease, anaphylaxis, etc.).
This is in open water and the crew suggests you consider seasickness tablets to minimize the risk of seasickness affecting your trip. There will not be any rebookings or refunds for being seasick.
The Wharf complex has 4-hour parking available, however, you will need to find suitable parking for the tour you are on as some of the trips will be over 4 hours. There are some unlimited parking spaces available outside of The Wharf Mooloolaba / SEA Life car park, however, please keep in mind especially if you are on an 11:30 am or later trip that parking can get very busy. Please give yourself at least 15-20 minutes for parking. You can find a parking map of The Wharf Mooloolaba here.
If you would like to take your pram/stroller, its wheels need to be able to be locked. The crew will gauge whether or not you will be able to take your pram on depending on how many passengers are on board and if there are any other prams on board, so you will need to wait until the final call to see if it’s okay. If you bring a pram on board, you must choose a spot downstairs to use as your designated seating area. You can still walk around, but please do not leave your pram unattended. You are responsible for your pram.
- Boarding is 30 minutes before the departure time
- All children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
- The tour is not suitable for pregnant women
- There is a 100% guarantee on whale sightings, so if there are no whales at all that day you will have the chance to go again on a free return trip. No Refunds are offered
- All trips and courses are subject to the weather and times may change. Please contact The Operator the afternoon before your tour, between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm to confirm the start time.
- A cancellation made less than 72 hours prior to departure incurs a 100% cancellation fee
- A “no show” on the day also attracts 100% cancellation fee
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