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Winter and Whales go hand in hand on the Gold Coast. Every year these giants of the ocean migrate north along the East Coast of Australia seeking warmer waters to breed and give birth. As a population we have become obsessed with getting up close and personal with our amazing marine life, and there is no better encounter than one with the Winter Whales on the Gold Coast.
I have previously seen plenty of Whales from various lookouts and viewpoints along the coast and witnessed a couple of Minke Whales on a Whale Shark swim on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Despite these visual sightings I had never really got that close to our friendly and playful Humpback visitors. So I was rather excited to jump aboard a Whale Watching cruise with Spirit of Gold Coast.
Unfortunately I suffer miserably from sea sickness so normally avoid sea cruises on smaller vessels. However I couldn’t have asked for better conditions when I boarded the catamaran that departed from Marina Mirage at Southport Spit. The conditions were calm and glassy with no wind, mild temperature and cloudy skies. Perfect for seeking out whale blows!
Once we negotiated the Broadwater, out through the Gold Coast Seaway, we were in open water. We looked back towards South Stradbroke Island and noticed a few surfers and many small fishing boats. Once we got out a fair way out all eyes were peeled for whale blows, including the crew and passengers.
After a while we spotted our first whale, that had surfaced at a distance of approximately 50m off the port side of the boat. We saw a glimpse of the large creature’s back and before we knew it, it disappeared under the water. The skipper stopped the boat and we waited and waited for the Whale to resurface again. It did make a re-appearance about 10 minutes later, but much to our dismay it dived under again with a flick of it’s gigantic tail.
These marine creatures are incredible. Did you know?
The reason that we see them in Queensland is because they’re on their annual migration from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to their breeding grounds in the Whitsunday Islands. It’s about a 5000 km trip each way – quiet a holiday!
A Gold Coast whale watching cruise with Spirit of Gold Coast departs twice daily between late May to October each year. They offer guaranteed whale sighting, which means you get a free return trip if you don’t see whales on your cruise.
The cruise goes for 2.5 hours and includes, morning/afternoon tea, full commentary, professional crew with a vast knowledge of marine life, a catamaran vessel that is built for the best whale viewing and a safety briefing prior to cruising.
From my own personal experience I found the crew were friendly and extremely helpful at all times during the cruise and were happy to answer any questions we had about the whales.
A Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise costs $99 Adult and $59 Child.
Although the two whales that we observed weren’t willing to play on the day, they are often curious and playful creatures that perform all types of acrobatic manoeuvres like barrel rolls, breaching, tail slaps, peduncle throws and spy-hopping.
I must confess that I was expecting to see more Whales than we did and also some spectacular Whale acrobatics. However, like many wild animal interactions you can’t rely on the Whales “performing” on the day. But did I enjoy the morning cruising the open seas off the Gold Coast seeking Whales? I certainly did! As you can see the scenery on the Gold Coast and Southport Broadwater is lovely and for that reason alone it is worth doing.
Once we had observed two of these magnificent creatures, it was time to return to the marina. But it was a grand adventure and I can now say that I have been up close and personal with our Humpbacks visitors. I wonder whether they need a travel visa to visit our seas?
Have you been aboard a boat cruise getting up close and personal with marine creatures?
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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