Date of stay: August 2012
Where you stayed: Aquarius backpackers
Travelled with: Wife & friends
Tour or pre planned: Pre-planned (Whale Watching tour)
The Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia is a major tourist destination for travellers, with its sunny climate, surf beaches, nightlife, whale watching and the major theme parks a stone’s throw away.
My wife and I had wanted to do the Whale Watching on the Gold Coast since moving to Brisbane so we got a group of friends together and headed down the coast. They call the stretch of water along the coast the humpback highway as the Whales make their annual migration up and down the coast of Queensland.
We found a great deal through Yourcoast.com, which included accommodation and a half day Whale Watching experience for $99. It was almost too good to say no and Whale Watching Gold Coast guarantees 100% sighting of humpback whales, with dolphins, sea turtles and bird life also regularly viewed.
The Gold Coast is roughly an hour’s drive from Brisbane city, as you travel down the Pacific Motorway (highway leading to the Gold Coast) you’ll pass by the major theme parks (Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, MovieWorld).
Our package deal had included accommodation at Aquarius backpackers located in Southport and we had booked a four bed dorm. Click on the following link for our review – Aquarius backpackers
Our Whale Watching experience was run by Tallship Adventures, they offer a free pickup/drop off service around the area and we were picked up at 8am and shuttled to the ferry terminal. Our boat was almost fully booked, we had been one of the last pick up’s and as a result most of the good seats had been taken but we still managed to find a good spot.
Within about 20 minutes we had already spotted our first humpback whale in the distance but as we made our way in that direction the Whale had dived and disappeared. But this was short lived, the shape of the boat hull and the way it shines down into the water creates a very appealing aqua colour which entices the humpback whales, and that it did.
Two humpback whales surfaced near the boat and started putting on an amazing show for us, they were breaching, jumping and tail slapping. We stayed with the two whales for about 10-15 minutes before moving on in search of others. Check out our video footage below, absolutely amazing.
If you’re thinking about doing Whale Watching on the Gold Coast then we’d recommend using Tallship Adventures, the staff were very helpful and informative and what an amazing experience we had. They also offer a free sightseeing experience on South Stradbroke Island in the afternoon if you have nothing else planned.
For more information re: things to see and do in the area check out our Brisbane blog.
Points to highlight:
Bear in mind Whale Watching tours won’t operate during high seas and it’s advisable to take motion sickness pills if you get sea sick. Book in advance as tours seem to be quite popular and the Whale Watching season runs from May to September.
Would you recommend this destination: Yes
Would you recommend your accommodation: Yes
Overall rating: 4 out of 5