The Gold Coast's whale watching industry was born in 2005 when Whales in Paradise commenced running tours from Surfers Paradise. Since this time, the company has helped tens of thousands of tourists and locals to get up close to whales, dolphins and other marine life, as well as having some incredible experiences like seeing Migaloo the only known albino humpback whale in the world.
Anthony Ardern, the managing director of Whales in Paradise, was instrumental in the formation of the Gold Coast Whale Watch and Conservation association in 2006. The association's goal is to promote education and environmental awareness about issues regarding whales and other marine life in southeast Queensland, while promoting the Gold Coast as a premium whale watching destination.
The Coast's whale watching industry has become one of the solid foundations of the city's tourism sector, with the highest concentration of whale numbers on the eastern coast of Australia and excellent offshore conditions helping to ensure high success rates of whale watching. In addition to whale watching, tourists have a huge variety of things to see and do on the Coast, with a number of activities and options to suit different budgets.