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Our most recommended Queensland Dolphin & Whale Watching

From Airlie Beach: Two-Island Safari

1. From Airlie Beach: Two-Island Safari

Hop on a free shuttle bus in the Airlie Beach area and head out on a guided jet ski adventure. Explore the area around the Whitsunday Islands, encountering the diverse native wildlife and enjoying the sun and the sea.  Meet your qualified tour guide and head out on a worry-free jet ski ride where no previous experience or license is necessary. Listen to your guide's informative commentary as you cruise down the scenic waterways around Daydream and South Molle Islands for two hours. Learn about the diverse wildlife native to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Spot sea turtles, dugongs, seabirds, and seasonal humpback whales (July–September). Take home loads of memories with the photos of your adventure shared with you for free on Facebook.

Hervey Bay: Half-Day Whale Watching Experience

2. Hervey Bay: Half-Day Whale Watching Experience

Hervey Bay has a reputation as one the best places in the world in which to observe Humpback whales, enjoy this excursion with the guarantee of seeing these wonderful animals. See these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat on this enthralling half–day tour.  Depart from your hotel or accommodation in Hervey Bay and travel to the marina to begin your aquatic adventure. Travel across the beautiful blue, clear water of Hervey Bay and take in the stunning views. Spot humpback and other majestic species of whales as they frolic in the water. Look out also for birds, turtles, dugongs and 3 different species of dolphin. While you watch whales and a whole host of wonderful sea creatures, the friendly crew will serve morning tea and lunch (on Extended Morning cruise) or afternoon tea and dinner (on Afternoon and Sunset cruise).

Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

3. Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

Get your adrenaline rushing with a 1.5-hour jet ski adventure from Airlie Beach. Delight in the informative and entertaining commentary provided by your qualified tour guide, and spot sea turtles in the turquoise waters. Depart from Airlie Beach and drive your latest model Sea-Doo jet ski out to view the Whitsunday Islands from the protection of the coastline. Explore Airlie's beautiful bays and the picturesque world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Keep your eye out for the area's famous turtles, as well as dugongs, seabirds, and seasonal humpback whales from July to September. Take home memories of your experience with free of charge photos provided on Facebook after your tour. No license is required for this tour, and no experience is necessary.

Brisbane: Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch

4. Brisbane: Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch

See the amazing humpback whale and enjoy an onboard fresh lunch on this exciting, 5-hour whale watching cruise near Brisbane. Marvel at the magnificent humpback whale in one of the world’s best whale watching destinations, Moreton Bay. Enjoy a tasty lunch aboard the Eye-Spy catamaran whilst watching the whales - an experience you're unlikely to forget in a hurry!

Spirit of Gold Coast 2.5-Hour Whale Watching Tour

5. Spirit of Gold Coast 2.5-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Come join this family-owned and operated business with over 20 years whale watching experience, committed to offering you the best customer service and memories to last a lifetime. With caring and knowledgeable crew who are focused on your comfort and safety as well as guaranteed whale sightings, you can travel with peace of mind. Within minutes of departure, Spirit of Gold Coast will have you up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they embark on their annual migration along the east coast of Australia. This amazing journey is a truly captivating experience, as right before your very eyes these 40-ton Humpback Whales breach, wave their pectoral fins and slap their tails. Join us for the journey of a lifetime - a memorable adventure to be shared with friends and family.

Hervey Bay: Turtle Discovery Eco Tour & Cultural Experience

6. Hervey Bay: Turtle Discovery Eco Tour & Cultural Experience

Join the only cultural tour on the Fraser Coast. With your local Butchulla guide onboard, obtain first hand knowledge of the history, hunting and gathering techniques.  Your ecotour begins at 10:30am departing from the Great Sandy Straits Marina onboard a 10 metre glass bottom vessel. Travel through the spectacular waterways of the Great Sandy Marine Park, with stops at Round Island and Big Woody Island and visit coral reefs for snorkelling and viewing through the glass panels. Lunch, tropical fruit platter, water, tea and coffee are all included in your tour. Be intrigued by the history spanning thousands of years, through the eyes of a local aboriginal guide, a direct descendant from the Butchulla tribe - the custodians of K'Gari. Take a walk in the Butchulla footsteps and discover the deep connection the aboriginal people share with the land and sea.

Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

7. Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

See the wonders of the Whitsundays without getting in the water. Cruise around the best coral reefs around Airlie Beach with your family or friends on a tour that is suitable for all ages.  Enjoy a photo opportunity stop at Lions Lookout prior to your departure. Marvel at the views over the harbor and the stunning Whitsunday Islands and add a charming portrait to your holiday photo collection. Then, venture out on a glass-bottom boat that is fully shaded from the sun. Discover breathtaking coral worlds and marine wildlife such as turtles, rays, and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Explore the valuable ecosystem that lives within the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with a spectrum of vibrant hard and soft coral and underwater critters as you cruise through the idyllic islands. Listen to funny and informative commentary about the reef from your guide.

Mission Beach: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel or Dive Cruise

8. Mission Beach: Great Barrier Reef Snorkel or Dive Cruise

Begin your adventure to the Great Barrier Reef by boarding the Island Spirit between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM. You will need to wear your swimmers to walk from the beach through water up to your knees. Take a quick 10-minute transfer to the beautiful Dunk Island and there you will board the MV Reef Goddess. Upon arrival receive an introduction and safety briefing from your captain, then depart Brammo Bay at Dunk Island and head off to the East at 16 knots.  Reach your first location in under 1.5 hours. In the water at your first Outer Great Barrier Reef location, take 1 hour to explore the untouched reefs with your crew on hand to assist with your gear. A snorkel or dive briefing will cover what to do and what not to do to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Depart the reef and take a 30-minute cruise to the second snorkel location. Here, the ship's captain will cook your BBQ lunch, which will be served alongside fresh prawns, salads, and fresh tropical fruit.  After your well-earned lunch, begin your second snorkel or dive exploration. After this snorkel or dive, your crew will up anchor and head for home back to Dunk Island.

Hervey Bay 4-Hour Whale Watch Encounter

9. Hervey Bay 4-Hour Whale Watch Encounter

This half-day whale watch cruise departs twice daily from the Hervey Bay Marina on the luxury 20-meter catamaran Tasman Venture. Experience a tranquil cruise across the Great Sandy Strait and past rugged islands before sailing along the pristine western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. The catamaran was specifically designed for whale watching, offering clear viewing decks, underwater viewing windows and a unique water-level viewing platform for the ultimate personal experience. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime up-close and personal encounters with the majestic humpback whales and marvel at their sheer size and athleticism. Friendly, experienced staff will provide expert commentary throughout the tour and serve a morning or afternoon tea and delicious antipasti platter.

Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

10. Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

Relax on a tranquil evening cruise from Hervey Bay into the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. This is the perfect appetizer for your evening ahead. Nothing beats watching the sunset at sea and the experience of returning to the port at dusk. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you soak up the changing colors of the bay. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other wildlife that frequent the Marine Park at dusk. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset. Early evening is a special time to be on the water as marine wildlife of the harbor comes out to play. You will find the peacefulness of the water perfectly reflecting the evening light, and the lights of Hervey Bay twinkling in the distance mesmerizing.

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What people are saying about Queensland

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 97 reviews

Was lovely being out on the water & seeing the western side & down to the southern tip of Fraser. Its something you don't get to see when 4wding on the island so it gives you a whole different perspective. We were lucky enough to even see a pod of dolphins with their bubs.

It was way to book but I want keen on needing to download the app. On arrival there staff were friendly. The skipper even made the safety briefing fun. The trip was great fun. My children and I both enjoyed it. I’d definitely recommend it.

Great way to see Moreton Bay. Well planned, lots of time on the water, smooth ride. Lunch tasty with a great view. Interesting visit to St Helena Island - all in all a great day out.

With overcast weather and no sunset, we cruised towards Fraser Island and interacted with dolphins instead! Super awesome and memorable!

Great value and a great experience. Would recommend this to anyone