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See the Whales This Winter/Spring 2021

Whale watching season has officially arrived and here’s how you can witness the magnificent humpbacks on the Gold Coast!

If you’re planning on visiting the Gold Coast this winter/spring, you couldn’t have picked better as the months from July to October are the best time to see the migrating humpback whales just off the coast.

There are more than a few ways to view these incredible creatures, depending on whether you’re on a budget or not.

The Gold Coast boasts several world-class tours on which you can get as close to the whales as possible. But there are also several fantastic vantage points to catch a glimpse of the whales with nothing but a pair of trusty binoculars.

Whichever whale watching experience you’re leaning towards, find everything you need to know below.

Gold Coast Whale Watching Tours

Want to guarantee a whale sighting, one that gets you up-close and personal with the whales? Then you’re going to want to book a Gold Coast whale watching tour.

There is a handful to choose from, but the best-rated tours include Whales in Paradise, Spirit of Gold Coast and Sea World Whale Watch.

These tour operators each offer guaranteed whale sightings, with either your money back or a free return trip in the rare event of a no-show. Vessels are designed specifically to offer superb 360-degree views, complete with expert whale commentary and optional onboard snacks/drinks.

Both morning and afternoon tours are available with each operator and depart from Main Beach (Whales in Paradise and Sea World Whale Watch) and Surfers Paradise (Whales in Paradise).

Gold Coast Whale Watching Lookouts

On a budget but still, want to see the whales this winter/spring? No worries – there are several great vantage points on the Gold Coast that offer far-out views to the famous humpback highway. Just don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars!

SkyPoint Observation Deck

The highest reachable area on the Gold Coast. SkyPoint Observation Deck offers breath-taking views over the ocean and far into the horizon if you’re willing to pay the small entry fee – obviously worth it if you catch a glimpse of the whales! The lookout deck also has fixed viewing binoculars, so you’re covered if you forget to bring a pair.

Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Head National Park is a tourist hotspot for its panoramic ocean views, making it another great vantage point during Gold Coast whale watching season. The best thing is it’s cost-free, and you can spend the whole day strolling, picnicking and sunbathing on the oceanside with your trusty pair of binoculars at the ready.

The Spit Gold Coast

The Spit Main Beach is the northernmost point of the Gold Coast, jutting out with superb views of the stretching coast, South Stradbroke Island and the Pacific Ocean. At The Spit you can kick back in one of the oceanside parks or on the Gold Coast Sand Pumping Jetty, ready to observe the humpbacks through your binoculars.

Golden Sands – Whale Watching Accommodation in Main Beach Gold Coast

Keen to whale-watch? Relax near ALL the above tour operators and lookout points with our Main Beach Gold Coast apartments at Golden Sands.

Whether you’re looking to hop on a tour or watch the whales for free this winter/spring, our Main Beach Seaworld accommodation is your perfect base, situated near Sea World Whale Watch, Whales in Paradise, SkyPoint Observation Deck and The Spit Gold Coast – with Burleigh Head National Park just a short drive away.

Here at Golden Sands on the Beach, we offer spacious fully self-contained Gold Coast accommodation, comprising 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with stunning ocean views from large balconies, direct beach access and superb onsite facilities.

And to save on your whale watching holiday, all you have to do is book directly with us, over the phone or through our website (best price guaranteed).

Take a minute now to check out our Seaworld accommodation – just visit Golden Sands.