Gold Coast Humpback Whale Watching
The whole crew at Boattime are starting to get excited about the approaching Gold Coast Whale Season. The Coronavirus has may have humans in isolation and put a pause on globetrotting, but the Humpbacks are still travelling on their yearly migration to their place of birth. The Gold Coast Whale Watching Season will bring over 20,000 Humpback Whales past the iconic Surfers Paradise coastline and along Gold Coast beaches from late May to early November. As the humpbacks migrate from Antarctica into the warm waters of North Queensland, Luxury Whale Watching cruises with Boattime are offered from late May to November when large numbers and sightings can be guaranteed.
People often ask when the perfect time to see Humpback Whales is. Each day can be very different, but always very rewarding! We never know what kind of show we are going to be in for, and nature can be both thrilling and exciting and we consider every day to be the perfect time to see these gentle giants!
Humpback Whales migrate on a 10, 000 km return journey every year, travelling along both the east and west coasts of Australia returning their birthplace. Whales generally travel the same route they were shown in the first year or two by their mother.
Groups of young males, commonly known as juveniles, typically lead the migration, scouting out the waters ahead, while pregnant cows and cow-calf pairs bring up the rear. Adult breeding animals form the bulk of the migration in the middle stages, followed by older whales.
The Gold Coast is a known resting place for Humpback Whales and their calves. Due to the protection of the Gold Coast Bay from harsh sea conditions and also lurking predators (such as Orca's and Great White Sharks). So If you're keen to see a wee little calf (and by wee, we mean 4-5 meters!) we always suggest booking a tour in the second half of the season when the mothers have given birth in the warm, safe waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and are now heading back to the cold waters of Antarctica with their calves. We are lucky enough to see many Humpback's and their calves, which are always super playful and inquisitive. You will find that most come over to the boat for closer inspection while mum keeps a close watch.
It is always advisable to prebook Whale Watching if you're planning a trip to the Gold Coast between June-November, as this is a very popular activity throughout the cooler months. We also recommend booking your Whale Watching Cruise early in your stay in case of bad weather. Whale Watching is weather dependent, the whales don't mind a little rain and swell, but due to the comfort of passengers, occasionally we will assess ocean conditions and advise to reschedule for another day.