East Coast Whale Watching Tours
Many tourists travel along Australia’s east coast. If you are lucky enough to travel in between the months of June and October, you will be able to watch the majestic humpback whales as they migrate along the coastline each year. Between Sydney and the Gold Coast, there are several boutique whale watching operators that provide a private tour like experience on smaller vessels.
Newcastle – Coast XP
As you are leaving Sydney, heading north, you will have to stop at Newcastle. Coast XP is Newcastle’s answer to Sea the Gold Coast. A boutique adventure boat tour operator that creates unique coastal interactions with nature and sea life. Several tour options are on offer including whale watching and sunset cruises.
Ballina – Out of the Blue Adventures
The coastal town of Balina is about 2h drive away from Brisbane and perfect for a stopover. Out of the Blue Adventures own and operate a custom build tourist vessel which is fast and comfortable, underlined with a knowledgeable crew. Besides whale watching, other ocean adventure tours are on offer as well.
Byron Bay & Brunswick Heads – Blue Bay Whale Watching
Byron Bay is a must stopover destination for any road tripper so why not embarking on a whale watching trip with Blue Bay Whale Watching, a local scuba diving operator, also known as Blue Bay Divers. Their 9m Cougar Cat comfortably fits up to 10 spectators and they run whale watching tours on several days a week.
Surfers Paradise – Sea the Gold Coast
Once you stop on the Gold Coast, your activity options become almost limitless. Sea the Gold Coast runs a small adventure boat with up to 8 participants, departing from Runaway Bay Marina. Their courtesy bus can transfer you from any accommodation address within the Surfers Paradise area and surroundings. There are great savings on offer for group bookings and combo packages. After your whale watching cruise, you may which to book further tours such as a South Stradbroke Island Adventure which includes a Broadwater and Moreton Bay Marine Park boating tour.
Is small boat whale watching right for you?
Going whale watching on a smaller vessel is an incredible experience however, it requires a certain level of mobility. Should you be elderly, have physical disabilities or small children with prams, you should probably make use of one of the large whale watching boats. Operators on the Gold Coast include:
Whales in Paradise http://whalesinparadise.com.au/
Spirit of the Gold Coast https://www.spiritwhalewatching.com.au