Have you gone whale watching before? You’re missing out if you don’t. These gorgeous aquatic species are incredible to see up close. With a season from June to November, the Sunshine Coast has some of the best whale watching in Australia. 

This year, an estimated 40,000 humpback whales will pass through Sunshine Coast waters yearly. With the population growing year after year, there is a lot of marine traffic, which makes for spectacular whale watching.

Take advantage of this opportunity to visit the Sunshine Coast during the whale-watching season. Dress appropriately and bring binoculars or a waterproof camera to capture the moments. There are some fantastic tours that you and your family can participate in.

Whale Watching on Whale One

Whale Watching on Whale One is an instructive and informative excursion providing an immersive experience entirely dependent on nature. The tour is available from June to October and lasts around 2.5 to 3 hours. 

When you arrive at Sunreef, you must receive a boarding permit from the check-in desk and ensure all your booking names are correct. As you leave the Mooloolaba River, the departure will begin, and all guests will receive information about the tour and the yacht. It will take about 15 minutes to get out of the river.

You’ll start looking for whales when you’re out on the water. The staff will show you how to do it and what to look for, and if you are the first person to spot a whale on tour, you will receive a unique gift. You will also witness marine life because you will be on the open ocean!

A tour is one of many things available at Whale One. You can also swim with the whales. However, remember that their Swim with Whales season spans from July to mid-October since most whales will end their journey south to Antarctica for the summer.

Sunshine Coast Afloat

Sunshine Coast Afloat enjoys being exceedingly dedicated and responsible to its guests. So, aside from being an exceptionally safe, clean, and well-appointed vessel, the vessel will only hold up to 23 people. It guarantees a pleasant and memorable ride and a guaranteed rail-side position. So remember to bring your waterproof camera or phone case since you can fully capture a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Furthermore, their highly skilled and trained crew is on board to ensure that every element of your voyage is enjoyable, and safety is the primary priority. They will ensure you have nothing to do but sit back and enjoy yourself when you step aboard.

Aside from whale watching, why not take advantage of the Sunshine Coast’s other attractions while you’re here? Book at one of the best motels, Sunshine Coast, for convenience.

Stay with us at Sunshine Coast Motor Lodge

Sunshine Coast Motor Lodge can take you to the top Sunshine Coast attractions. Our Sunshine Coast hotel is in an excellent position, close to the best attractions on the Sunshine Coast.

We are about a 6-minute drive from The Big Pineapple and nearby Palmwoods, Bli Bli, Buderim, Maleny, Montville, Glenview, and Forest Glen. Also, many tourist sites, theme parks, famous shopping areas, lush hinterland hiking trails, and wonderfully iconic beaches are within easy reach. After exploring, you can relax in our reasonably priced accommodation. We also have two pet-friendly rooms, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged companion at home.

Book your Sunshine Coast accommodation directly with us this whale-watching season!


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