Have a whale of a time – your guide to whale watching in Brisbane's Moreton Bay

In migration season, majestic humpback whales swing by South East Queensland on their 10,000km trek to the warm, tropical water up north. Get up close and personal between June and November.  

Whale-watching tours

Tangalooma Whale Watching Cruises

Tours kick off on 1 June departing from Holt Street Wharf at Pinkenba. Cruise-goers have the option of a 7am or 10am departure, with a 75-minute ferry ride taking you across the bay to Moreton Island. For those who would like to see more of the island, book the 7am departure as this allows about 3.5 hours to spend on the island before setting off on the three-hour whale-watching cruise. A light lunch is served on board and expert commentary is provided. 

This year marks 30 years of Tangalooma running whale-watching cruises. If you book 14 or more days ahead, receive a 30 per cent discount on tickets. 

Transport to Holt Street Wharf is by taxi, or paid hotel pick-up by bus operated by Australian Day Tours. Limited spaces are available for hotel pick-ups so it is best to book in advance. 

WIN! Visit Brisbane has teamed up with Tangalooma Island Resort to give away a winter family whale watching experience for four. Enter here.

Brisbane Whale Watching

Brisbane Whale Watching

The season begins on 3 June, departing from Redcliffe Jetty at 10am, and it's just a 30-minute drive north of Brisbane. For those without their own vehicle, pick-ups are available from selected Brisbane and Sunshine Coast hotels at an additional cost. 

Enjoy the four-hour cruise around the bay, which includes morning and afternoon tea, and a full buffet lunch with tiger prawns. A fully licensed bar, snack and souvenir counter are available. You will be a whale expert once you've stepped off the boat, with highly entertaining and informative commentary provided by skipper Kerry and her team of experts. 

Land-based whale watching

Point Danger, North Stradbroke Island

Aria Cruises

If the idea of spending your whale-watching time on a boat makes you queasy, Aria Crusies offers land-based whale watching on North Stradbroke Island. You'll be whisked over from Raby Bay on a purpose-built sailing catamaran to Straddie, where you'll enjoy a buffet lunch while watching the whales frolic. Tours are running until August, so get in quick. 

North Stradbroke

In just under an hour you can witness one of the greatest natural experiences on Earth, viewing the passing parade from Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland’s most easterly point for land-based whale watching. Sea turtles and a large pod of bottle-nose dolphins also call Point Lookout home and can be spotted almost all year round. 

To help you find the best vantage points, our friends at Discover Stradbroke have pulled together a great map with all the best whale-watching spots. Click here to download.

Cape Moreton

Cape Moreton on Moreton Island is also another great spot for land-based whale watching. While whales can only be seen from June to November, dolphins, sharks and turtles can be spotted all year round.

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