Whale Watching Gold Coast

Don't just see Whales... EXPERIENCE THEM!

Jump onboard our Whale Watching Gold Coast cruise.

Let us show you the wonders of the Whale Highway on Gold Coast’s newest and best Whale Watching Vessel! We guarantee whale sightings with every cruise, or receive a free return voucher. 

On this Kokomo cruise, you will admire majestic humpback whales on their annual migration through the ‘Whale Highway’, an ancient underwater corridor just 20-minutes away from the marina. Seeing whales up close, in their natural habitat, is truly a sight to behold. 

Gasp at their spectacular displays, see mothers tending to their calves, and experience the humbling feeling of seeing these gentle giants up close as they curiously approach our vessel. Plus, encounter lots of other wildlife, including sea turtles, dolphins, fish and sea birds. Make sure you have your camera at the ready!

With only a limited number of seats on board, we ensure you enjoy an intimate experience and create lifelong memories without the crowds. This cruise is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about these amazing animals and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Onboard purchases are available for your convenience.

“The Ride out there was just as fun as the seeing the whales! The whole experience was top notch, we would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Whale Watcher


  • Guaranteed whale sighting
  • Onboard commentary
  • Onboard purchases

Highlights of Our Gold Coast Whale Watching Tours


Guaranteed whale sightings

Purchase a ticket that guarantees the experience of a lifetime. If no whales are viewed during your cruise, free return tickets are issued so no one misses out

Intimate viewings

No battling large crowds to view the whales. With Kokomo, you’re offered an intimate experience with just a small number of lucky guests.

Onboard purchases

Enjoy our fully licensed bar, snacks and photos from the comfort of our vessel. The complete package with the utmost convenience.

Live commentary

Listen to whale facts, history, and sight-seeing facts during the cruise. The chance to expand your knowledge and immerse yourself entirely in the encounter.

Scenic views

Admire the best views the Gold Coast has to offer, departing from Marina Mirage before cruising offshore via the idyllic seaway.

Professional crew

Kokomo’s entire crew are trained to the very highest standard. From safety to vessel control and, not least of all, customer service.

See Humpbacks Up Close on the Whale Highway

Every year, between June and Late October, humpback whales migrate north from their breeding grounds in Antarctica to the warm waters off the coast of Queensland. The Gold Coast is one of the best places in Australia to see these magnificent creatures as they make their journey.

The Whale Highway is a stretch of water that runs along the east coast of Australia, from Queensland to New South Wales. It is named after the humpback whales that migrate along this route each year. The highway is also home to other marine life such as charismatic dolphins, turtles, rays and resident and migratory seabirds. If you want to see these gentle giants up close, the Whale Highway is the best place to do it!

Whale Watching Gold Coast - Cruise Departure Schedule

Departing at the most ideal times of the day to get the best views and experience. There is a cruise time to suit even the busiest of schedules.

FAQs About Our Gold Coast Whale Watching Adventure

When is whale watching season on the Gold Coast?

The best time to go whale watching on the Gold Coast is between June and November. This is when humpback whales migrate north from Antarctica to the warm waters off the coast of Queensland.

Where does your Gold Coast whale watching cruise depart from?

All of our cruises depart from the Marina Mirage at Main Beach before cruising offshore via the idyllic seaway.

Will I see other sea life on my whale watching tour?

During your tour, you'll likely see plenty of other marine life, including dolphins, turtles, and manta rays. And if you're lucky, you might even spot a whale breaching out of the water.

WIll I definitely see a whale?

We deliver on our promise to see a whale. If your tour fails to see a whale, we will provide you with a free return cruise.

What happens if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

On the rare occasion our tours are cancelled due to bad weather, we will contact you to advise. You can move your booking to another day OR receive a full refund.

It’s a bit rainy, will my cruise still be on?

The Gold Coast boasts 300 days of sunshine per year. All of the vessels in our fleet have ample indoor seating and do operate in the rain.

Whale Watching Gold Coast: Get in Touch to Book!

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered above, or want any more information about our Gold Coast whale watching tours, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We offer the best whale watching tours Gold Coast has to offer, and our friendly staff would love to provide you and your family or friends with an opportunity to see these magnificent humpbacks up close.

As well as our whale watching tours, don’t forget we offer a range of other Gold Coast cruises, including:

Come on, let’s set sail!

  • Whale Watching 8:30am – 11:00am (2.5hrs)
  • Whale Watching 11:30am – 2:00pm (2.5hrs)

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We can tailor the experience to your exact needs!

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Treat your friends and family to a private whale tour! Complete with an island stop-off to Wavebreak Island for a swim and picnic. Enquire now to make bring your dream day on the water to reality.

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In the spirit of reconciliation Kokomo Cruises acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.