Whale Watching in and around Sunshine Coast

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Whale Watching on the Sunshine Coast is one of the ultimate holiday experiences the Eastern coast of Australia has to offer. A variety of options to cruise alongside these graceful animals are available at special prices and departing from various destinations. For early birds, the morning cruise departs at 9am, while the afternoon cruises provide an alternative option for those who aren't early risers. Whale watching on the Sunshine Coast should be on top of your to-do list when you visit - book with us now to make it a reality! SEASON: July - November

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About Sunshine Coast Whale Watching

The Sunshine Coast ranks amongst Queensland's most popular whale watching destinations for a variety of reasons, including both its high volume of whales during its (relatively brief) whale watching season from June to the beginning of November - yet it's the ability to actually swim alongside whales that made headlines for the region's whale scene. Local operator Sunreef cruises were the first to secure the permits to allow this incredible experience, and have seen a huge uptake since offering it to the public.

In terms of standard whale watching cruises on the Sunshine Coast, your choice of cruise largely comes down to which departure point you're looking for: Mooloolaba or Noosa. The region is home to several operators that offer whale cruises, with the majority departing from Mooloolaba's wharf including Whale One, Fish n Crab Deep Sea Charters, and the aforementioned Sunreef (for those looking to swim with whales rather than just watch).

One of the other key points that separates the Sunshine Coast from other QLD whale watching destinations is that you are more likely to encounter the sight of Killer Whales than many other locations; while the whales themselves are not that rare, getting a glimpse of them doesn't tend to happen off Australia's east coast very frequently.