Brisbane Departure Info

Staying in Brisbane and want to go Whale Watching? Whales in Paradise has the answer- offering daily transfers, FREE pick-up points, guaranteed whale sightings and free time to dine or shop in world-famous Surfers Paradise, it couldn’t be easier!

Brisbane, one of Australia’s most vibrant cities, offers a myriad of both luxury and budget accommodation. Whales in Paradise is proud to have alliances with Hotel Jen, Rydges Southbank, and Bunk Backpackers.

Our friendly driver will meet you at the free pick-up points in central Brisbane (hotels mentioned above) between 8:30am - 9:00am before driving to the Gold Coast for our 10:30am whale watching cruise.

Prefer a pick-up direct from your hotel? For only $10 per person, you can take advantage of our personalised pickup service where our friendly driver will come straight to the door of your Brisbane Hotel.

Also don't forget to ask our driver for the latest whale updates as you travel down – he keeps his finger on the ocean’s pulse!

Brisbane Ticket Prices

  • Adults - $139
  • Children (0-14yrs) - $109
  • Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) - $427
  • Concession (Concession Card Holder) - $129

The Whales in Paradise Promise

Closest whale watch encounters

With our unique water-level viewing deck, guaranteed rail-side positions and unobstructed viewing, you can be assured of the most intimate wildlife encounter possible!

 The original whale watching company

As the first whale watching operators at the Gold Coast, our crew are experienced, entertaining and dedicated to providing you the closest whale encounters possible.

 Reschedule your tour

We are flexible with your booking to ensure your peace of mind. Cancel or reschedule within 24 hours (groups of 10 or more within 48 hours) with full refund.

 100% Guaranteed Whale Sightings*

Whales in Paradise maintains a 100% daily sightings record! However If no whales are seen during your cruise, we will welcome you back for a free cruise!

Water level viewing deck

Our state-of-the-art vessel and knowledgeable staff ensure a whale watching experience you won’t forget! Get up-close and personal with the gentle giants of the sea from our unrivalled water-level viewing decks. We limit passenger numbers to make sure you have a fantastic experience- so have your cameras ready! Our guaranteed rail-side viewing means a 360º unobstructed view of the Humpback’s spectacular acrobatic displays- and don’t forget the cheeky dolphins and turtles keeping us company along the way!

Our Staff

Whales in Paradise is the original Gold Coast whale watching company – having been operating since 2004. We are family owned and operated, but we also ensure our crew are experienced, entertaining and dedicated to providing you with the closest whale encounters possible.

Our crew are popular with our passengers for their friendly and enthusiastic customer service. You will be be kept entertained, informed and most importantly – well catered for by each of our crew members.

The Tours

At Whales in Paradise, our tours even include a FREE Rich & Famous Waterways Cruise through the stunning Nerang waterways. Cruise past the magnificent homes and gardens of the stars as our entertaining crew keep you up-to-date with the Gold Coast’s latest Hollywood gossip- all this topped off with complimentary light lunch pack, and tea, coffee & biscuits- a perfect way to start your tour.

With tours departing three times a day, seven days a week, it couldn’t be easier to have the Whale Watching experience of your dreams. Choose from our three Morning cruises, a Midday cruise or an Idyllic Afternoon cruise. Departing right from the heart of Surfers Paradise, a truly magical experience where the most enchanting creatures of the sea are waiting at your doorstep. Secure your seats now!

Itinerary & Highlights

8:30am - 9:00am

  • Hotel Pickup from Brisbane City


  • Check-In Whale Watching Cruise
  • Light lunch pack provided
  • Souvenir photos taken


  • Whale Watching cruise boarding
  • Morning tea, coffee & biscuits is served
  • Relax and select your seating
  • Crew introduction and tour briefing


  • Whale Watching cruise departure

 10:35am – 11:10am

  • Gold Coast waterways cruise with commentary of the Gold Coast history / rich and famous
  • Morning tea, coffee and biscuits continues to be served

 11:10am – 1:10pm

  • Whale Watching cruise enters Humpback whale sighting grounds
  • Guests are taught how to find whales, dolphins etc…
  • Whale Watching begins
  • Expert Whale Watching commentary
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits bar closes

 1:10pm – 1:40pm

  • Calm water cruise back to Surfers Paradise
  • Tea and coffee bar reopens
  • Photos from the cruise are printed at the onboard photo studio
  • Onboard gift shop opens
  • Photo opportunity for passengers driving the vessel (subject to day’s conditions)


  • Vessel returns back to Surfers Paradise

 1:45pm - 3:45pm

  • Free time to sightsee around Surfers Paradise


  • Return transfer back to your Brisbane pickup location


  • Arrive at your Brisbane pickup location