Get a guaranteed rail-side view when going Whale Watching Sunshine Coast!
Considering Whale Watching Mooloolaba? The Sunshine Coast now offers some of the best Whale Watching in Australia! In fact, the Sunshine Coast is rapidly becoming “The GO-TO” destination for Whale Watching in South East Queensland! Sunshine Coast Whale watching is gaining this reputation for good reason! It offers the safest (and therefore most comfortable and reliable) Bar crossing between Brisbane and Gladstone. A stunning Bay with good protection from Fraser and Moreton Islands. All only an hour’s drive from Brisbane! So perfect a setting in fact, that Mooloolaba is now one of the few places in Australia, even the world, which offers swimming with the whales ( also referred to as snorkelling with the whales).
If you are looking for a more intimate, personalised or near private whale watching experience, Sunshine Coast Afloat is your best choice! With a maximum of 23 passengers on a massive 55 foot boat, you will always get the perfect view! This is the best of both worlds. A large Super safe commercial boat, but only a few other guests to share it with!
Sure, it’s always amazing when you get to see the whales. But if you want to be assured of more than just catching a glimpse over the top of 2 or more people in front of you then we are your solution! It’s often near impossible to get that rail-side position on many whale watching operations. And If you are on the wrong side of the boat when the whales show themselves you are often fighting over 100 other people to get to that side. If you can of course. It’s fully understandable that most boats are so heavily loaded with people. Most of these businesses make their living from that short 4 month period of time.
Sunshine Coast Afloat operates a very wide range of activities thus allowing us to keep passenger numbers to the bare minimum! Our entire focus and goal is to give our guests a truly intimate encounter with these gentle giants of the ocean. You will always able to take pictures or video without the heads of other people in the way. Even follow the whales around the boat as they swim around under under us! If that sounds like the experience you are after then this is the Sunshine Coast whale watching tour you are looking for! The luxury of no crowds. The ability to see the whales properly the way you imagined it should be!
Our vessel, Crusader 1, is a large, open deck vessel which allows easy full walk around access. Even to the bow of the boat, where you can often watch the dolphins play and follow our path. Watching the whales swim underneath you from there is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime! You WILL ALWAYS have that rail side position. Ready for that perfect photo or that unobstructed view. Our guests always enjoy total visibility and proximity to whales, dolphins, as well as the many other kinds of marine life we encounter. And with undoubtedly the most up-close and close-to-the-water viewing decks of any whale watching vessel on the Sunshine Coast, this tour offers a very special and personal day out on the water with these inquisitive, majestic animals. Add to this our friendly and professional staff, and we can guarantee you will enjoy an incredible day of whale watching. Come and get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the sea. Encounter pods of dolphins and turtles that are regular sightings here on the Sunshine Coast.
Humpback whales are not only beautiful but also playful and curious creatures. You will be in awe of the spectacular breaching, close encounters, magical songs and tail slapping. Seeing whales in the wild is always an amazing, awe-inspiring experience. We are all hoping for one of those “Super amazing” trips where the whales “Mug” the boat and often make it difficult for the boat to even leave the area. Our customers are, understandably, always waiting in anticipation for that something extra special. That moment or display that will instantly last in their memories forever. You know, a so-called ‘bucket-list’ experience. And, more often than you would think, that’s exactly what happens. But, those amazing moments are so special for a reason. They don’t happen ALL the time. But whale watching is not just about the close-up special or magic moments.
It’s about getting out on the water and seeing – regardless if the whales want to come really up close or decide to stay a bit further away, the astonishing marine wildlife that makes this planet truly wondrous! Some of our most amazing moments, when time seemed like it stood still, were when something amazing was happening a couple of hundred meters from the boat. A mother calling her calf with massive tail slaps on the water. The calf totally oblivious, playing and learning to breach ahead of our vessel in Mooloolaba Bay. Truly a moment that was so spectacular, so emotional or so unexpected, that everyone aboard felt extremely privileged to be in the area! Every year whale watching creates new magic moments. Moments we would love to share with you!
Each year more and more whales take part in the annual Whale migration up the East Coast of Australia. (to be fair they do travel up the West Coast also!). The numbers are now reaching levels where amazing whale encounters are becoming far more common place when compared with only a few years ago. Local whale watching companies such a Whale One have long had this market almost exclusively to themselves, and have done an amazing job in promoting the Sunshine Coast, and Mooloolaba in particular as a whale watching destination hot spot. With the growing number of visitors to the Sunshine Coast, the number of operators is now also beginning to increase. New vessels and offerings are becoming more prevalent, and this can be linked directly to the increased number of whales and whale encounters. Sunshine Coast Afloat has taken a more niche approach to this large and growing market, with very personal select tours that offer the perfect blend of privacy, safety and professional knowledge. In fact, until recently Sunshine Coast Afloat had the only “High Speed” or “Extreme” Whale watching tour on offer!
Please note- This tour operates from 1st July to 31st October only!
We include food platters, non-alcoholic drinks and if needed use of binoculars as part of the tour.
Please note that no funds will be deducted until we have been able to also confirm the availability of the requested charter. This because other impacts such as phone and agent bookings, weather and other unforeseen things could impact on the availability at the same time as you are requesting the charter online. Our Terms and conditions are available on this webpage ( Click here to view them now ) and will also be emailed to you as part of the booking confirmation.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||The Coast Guard Pontoon, 50 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba ( Sunshine Coast ), Queensland. Australia SEE MAPS BELOW|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure.|
|RETURN TIME||Varies based on departure time. Tour is 3 hours long.|
|WEAR||Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes, hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket just in case. Don’t forget your CAMERA! Alcohol is on a BYO basis.|
The “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon (located between the 2 boat ramps),
51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld.
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icon on the above map for more information)
We depart from the “Coast Guard & Boat Ramp” Pontoon. (Pontoon is located between the 2 boat ramps).
For a GPS use 51 Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba Qld. These are the units across the road from the ramp.
Please DO NOT park your car in the Boat trailer areas here but rather find a park along Parkyn Parade where parking is free and unlimited in time. Cars parked incorrectly in the Boat ramp car park are likely to be towed.
Once parked please wait at the top of the ramp to the pontoon until instructed by the crew that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.
Please do not wait on the pontoon itself as the crew will be mooring the vessel on its arrival and we safety is paramount for all.