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Best Places For Whale Watching

By Whales In Paradise News

Did you know on the spectacular East Coast of Australia there are many opportunities to see Whales during the season, which runs from May to November? Each year some of the most popular destinations to see Whales include Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Brisbane Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay.

The Whales migrate up the Eastern Seaboard of Australia each year to mate and play in the warm waters off the Great Barrier Reef. Many Whales spectators can see the breaching Whales and the Whale blows directly off the coast line while walking the white sandy beaches or swimming in the crystal clears ocean. Some excellent vantage points for seeing Whales in their wild environment is in Byron Bay the most easterly point of Australia, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, The Spit in Northern Gold Coast, Stradbroke Island and Moreton Island.

To get up close and personal with the Whales there are number of tourism operators in Australia all of which offer an good experience. There are four primary operators in the Gold Coast and Brisbane region including Whales in Paradise. When deciding which company to go on tour with, we suggest you think about the following, to ensure you get the most ultimate experience, that best suits your plans:

  • Time and duration of tour (Whales in Paradise has up to 5 tours a day, and spend ample time with the Whales)
  • Boat capacity (eg we have 2 vessels with capacity to ensure rail side viewing for all passengers)
  • Price (all operators find Whales, so if you go for the cheapest or most expensive option then it’s usually based on boat style and number of passengers)
  • Departing location (we depart from central Surfers Paradise or Brisbane CBD, other tour operators require transport to Marina)
  • Transport (we offer Bus from Brisbane for solo travelers or groups, and can pick up from Gold Coast for groups)
  • On-board facilities (we have access for wheelchair, lunch packs upon request and fully stocked bar with snacks)
  • Whale Guarantee (in the rare event you don’t see a Whale we offer free return cruise or full refund)
  • Free added value (eg we include a free Surfers Paradise river cruise with Whales in Paradise and biscuits, tea & coffee on board)
  • Tour commentary (as Gold Coast’s longest running Whale Watching company our Crew are Whale experts and will share their knowledge while you are amazed at the beauty and magnitude of these amazing creatures)

Whale watching truly is a once and a lifetime experience that can be enjoyed so easily from the Gold Coast or Brisbane as the Whales swim close to shore. It’s suitable for young and old! It will make your holiday even more memorable. If you book with Whales in Paradise, call 07 5538 2111 or book online, you will be in the best hands as we pride ourselves on making every trip truly spectacular.

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Get up close and personal with the Whales on a tour, up to 5 tours per day.
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Look out for the Whale tail or blows when looking for these majestic creatures.
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Say hello to the Whales as they approach our boats when the engines are off. Whale watching requires the boat to not approach withing 100m, however luckily the Whales don’t know this and often they come to us.
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Spy hopping!!! this Whale is watching our tour passengers off the Gold Coast.
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Whales in Paradise reduces Plastic to help save the Planet & Oceans

By Whales In Paradise News

2018 has been a pivotal year for the conservation conversation, especially on saving our Oceans and Sea Life.  As Gold Coast’s original Whale Watching company, protecting and bringing awareness on the amazing migrating Whale population just off our Australian Coast, has been our passion.  We work alongside environmental groups to ensure the Whales are kept safe, our onboard Whale champions from Humpbacks and High Rises regularly observe the Whales feeling super comfortable around our boat even with their babies.  

Whales were in crisis up until the 1960’s with commercial whaling depleting populations, the Humpback Whale population is now increasing but is still classified as Vulnerable by the Australian Government. The Blue Whale is classified as endangered and is sometimes found in the warm waters off the Gold Coast.

The following news articles have caught our attention over the past year, and show an increased awareness to ocean pollution and global concern for turtles, whales, dolphins and fish etc:

Whales in Paradise have always been mindful of our environmental impact and “do our bit” by:

  • Replacing free Tea & Coffee cups with biodegradable eco-friendly alternatives
  • Plastic straws have always been banned from our operations
  • Reusable quality plates and cutlery for meals on board (commercially cleaned after use)
  • Eco friendly Toilet Paper
  • Complimentary tap water onboard so customers can refill their own bottles
  • Recycling rubbish where possible
  • Reducing paper waste with online and paperless technologies
  • Educational talks about marine life to our international customers and school groups
  • Awareness to customers about flushing items down the toilet
  • Reusable bags and storage

Our nature loving crew and reservations staff are continuously looking for ideas on how we can improve our cruises and be more eco-friendly.  

As the level of plastic in our ocean is at critical levels, it’s more important than ever to ensure that we all minimise our waste and find greener alternatives eg swapping plastic for biodegradable alternatives when shopping, packing a lunch rather than getting takeaway, taking your own water bottle and grocery bags with you wherever you go, cooking fresh ingredients from scratch rather than ready made meals etc. 

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Our customer embracing our Eco Tour and Educational Tour on Whale Watching on the Gold Coast
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Spot the Turtle among the litter, so sad. Photo from National Geographic
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Fathers Day take him Whale Watching on the Gold Coast

By Whales In Paradise News

Got any plans for your Dad this Father’s Day, which is just around the corner Sunday 2nd of September?  Bunnings voucher? More socks and jocks? Why not treat him and the family to an unforgettable trip to see the Whales, as they head to the warm waters of Central Queensland.  We are the experts in Whale Watching Gold Coast, and guarantee that you will see Whales (or a return trip) and we guarantee that your Dad will have the best time onboard spending quality time with the family! We also have ice cold BEER on board and our crew have been known to crack a few jokes too, to make sure the day is fun for your Dad.

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Gold Coast Whale Watching Family Friendly

Whale watching off the Gold Coast is perfect for Fathers Day (the first Sunday of September), as the weather is usually sunny, mild and calm.  If you come from Brisbane it’s a leisurely 60 minute drive down the M1 to Surfers Paradise, with plenty of parking available nearby at Bruce Bishop car park.   As we depart direct from Surfers Paradise there is a range of other activities at our doorstep such as the free entertainment down Cavill Avenue see the famous street performers, take dad to the Shooting Range, with a quick stop at the biggest TimeZone in the Southern Hemisphere, relax down the beach and top if off with numerous family friendly dining venues.

You can choose from five daily tours 7am, 8.30am, 10.30am, 12.30pm or 2.30pm.  So you could do a morning cruise and take Dad out from brunch. Or you can let Dad have a sleep in this Fathers Day, then join us after lunch for a relaxing afternoon on the water watching the Whales with a few beers.  Our popular 2.30 cruise is a good option as it has been timed perfectly with the stunning sunsets over Surfers Paradise skyline.

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Sunset Cruise Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

We have a family package for 2 Adults and 2 Kids for only $267, for kids 0-14 years of age.  Whales watching is fun for the entire family, everyone will be in awe of the amazing Whales, we often see Dolphins and Sea Birds too.  Mum can relax knowing the kids will be entertained by our expert commentary and the Whale acrobatic show. It’s definitely the best value ticket in town and an experience that you will not forget.  Even if you have been Whale watching before, every time it just takes your breath away when you see the whales come up for air, just ask our crew!

The only thing you need to worry about is what to do for Mother’s day!

To book click here, or phone our friendly staff to take your booking (07) 5538 2111.

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Humpbacks and Highrises Update – another whale season done and dusted

By Whales In Paradise News

This is it.. The last report from the whale surveys on board Whales in Paradise for 2017. Another fantastic whale season ends with plenty of new data recorded helping us to better understand our marine mammals in the Gold Coast bay. This season ends our 7th year of continuous monitoring of whales in the Gold Coast bay.

Researchers collected the temperature logger that captured sea surface temperature changes over the last few month showing the usual temperature increase with spring approaching but also a significant drop of 2 degrees in mid October when a strong south easterly change hit the Gold Coast.

The past three weeks were still busy with many mothers and calves coming into the bay finding shelter and moments of rest.

Unfortunately many recreational boats and jet skies were recorded approaching the animals too close, and other silent but deadly danger for mothers and calves awaits below the surface of the water about 500m offshore.

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Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

On the morning of the 25th October another mother and calf were entrapped in a shark net and this time off Miami Beach. Stopping whale entanglements is possible. Humpbacks and Highrises urges you to join the many thousands of people who have already signed the petition, and help protect these gentle giants. You can sign the petition here.

The whale watching season ended on a high note, with a new record set.. Never before we recorded so many breaches in one pod of three whales. Researches observed 173 breaches on the 25th October with about three breaches every minute and a total of 261 breaches in total for the past three weeks. Overall we surveyed 60 individual whales with Whales in Paradise over the past weeks, making it a busy ending for an eventful 2017 season. We are going to miss our whales but with all the data collected it is now time to organise and analyse.

Until next year,

Olaf – Humpbacks and Highrises