Best Whale Watching Tours for Families
Have you ever dreamed of exploring the wide open ocean on a mission to discover the gentle giants up close and personal on the ‘humpback highway’?
At more than 2,500-kms, this annual migration is considered one of the longest in the animal kingdom. With the season in full swing, now is the best time to book and bring your dream of whale watching to life as migration reaches its peak in August.
There’s nothing like the salty air, the breathtaking scenery and the magic of witnessing the awe-inspiring sights of Humpback Whales performing tail and dorsal fin slaps, breaching and playing in their natural habitat!
Whale watching is an experience that will leave your hearts full and memories cherished for years to come. If not simply for the love of wildlife, the journey into the magical world of these majestic marine animals makes for a unique gift or a special day out to spark imaginations and bond together as a family.
If you’ve never looked into this type of wildlife encounter before, this is a good place to start as we’ve curated a collection of whale watching tours around the country with families in mind. You’ll find most offer a whale sighting guaranteed!
Queensland whale watching
- GOLD COAST
Join the marine experts of Sea World Cruises aboard the Spirit of Migaloo II for sightings of Humpback Whales, dolphins and turtles passing through the Gold Coast.
Moreton Bay is one of the world’s best whale watching destinations, and this Whale Watching Adventure not only includes a delicious gourmet picnic box, but is hosted by Captain Kerry Lopez, the only female Captain that owns and skippers a whale watching venture in the South Pacific! Perfect day out for kids and families.
- SUNSHINE COAST
Mooloolaba’s Coastal Express is unlike any other. Limited to just 20 passengers, this boat offers the latest tech allowing you to see and hear the whales sing as they play thanks to underwater HD cameras and brand new hydrophone, broadcasting all the live action right to your seat!
New South Wales whale watching
- BYRON BAY
Witness the giants on their journey on the Ballina to Byron Bay strip with a friendly Marine Biologist on board to share an in-depth background on the Cape Byron Marine Park. You’ll also be treated to the live sounds of the Humpback Whale song via underwater hydrophone.
Mum and Dad owned and operated, the Ocean Whale Watching tour is a family friendly experience departing from Sydney’s most famous harbour! Climb abord the custom built themed whale watching vessel to join a knowledgeable crew who share harbour facts and tales of its whaling history while you journey through the heads to experience the exhilaration of this annual event. Whale sighting guaranteed!
Western Australia whale watching
A perfect weekender, catch the Humpbacks on their journey south as they stop in at Geographe Bay before making the journey home. With calves in tow, the whales are often very playful during their time here. This Busselton Whale Watching experience is one of the best value for families!
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