Noosa Whale Watch

Noosa Whale Watch

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • People: Up to 12
  • Age: 6+
  • Price: From $60

Encounter the majestic Humpback Whales in the pristine waters of Noosa on a unique and intimate whale watching cruise with one of the most experienced whale watch skippers in Australia.

Every winter, over 30,000 Humpback Whales migrate from Antarctica up the East Coast of Australia to mate and birth their calves in warm tropical waters. Witness their playful curiosity and acrobatics as they breach, slap and splash just off the iconic Noosa National Park.

Noosa whale watching operate daily tours between July and October for the adventurous and young at heart on our purpose-built boat “Thriller”, offering 360-degree views, padded seating where everyone has a front row and powerful engines for comfort, speed, and safety.

Our focus is to provide you an intimate experience with the whales on a small, personalised tour, with a maximum of 12 passengers. As we explore the stunning coastal scenery of Noosa, it is highly likely that we will encounter several whales and other marine creatures such as dolphins, turtles, and migratory seabirds.

Departure/return location:

The Floating Boathouse Restaurant (get directions)

What to bring:
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera or phone
  • Water bottle
  • A sense of adventure!


  • $80 for adults &  $60 for children 
  • $260 for families (2 adults + 2 children under 13) 

  • Contact us for private charters (12 passengers) 



What are your top tips for a memorable whale-watching experience?

A memorable whale-watching experience combines preparation and respect for wildlife. Here are some tips to guide you:

Crew expertise
Having a skipper with 30 years of experience operating whale watch tours is invaluable. Their extensive experience not only ensures the safety of the passengers but also enhances the overall experience by providing insights into the behaviour of whales and understanding their movements.

With such a seasoned skipper, passengers can expect a deeper connection with the ocean and its inhabitants. The skipper’s familiarity with whale behaviour allows for better anticipation of their movements, increasing the likelihood of encountering these majestic creatures up close.

Overall, having a skipper with decades of experience not only ensures a safe and enjoyable journey but also adds a layer of depth and insight that enriches the once-in-a-lifetime experience of witnessing whales in their natural habitat.

Spotting the signs
Look for signs like water spouts, tail slaps and breaches. Whales are often spotted by these surface behaviours, which can be seen from a great distance.

Best viewing practices
Always be ready with your camera, but also take time to enjoy the experience without lenses.

Responsible whale watching
Maintain a respectful distance from the whales. This not only protects the whales but also ensures they continue their natural behaviour undisturbed by your presence.

When is the best season for whale watching in Noosa?
Timing is everything in whale watching. The migration of whales is a seasonal event and knowing the best time to watch these creatures can significantly enhance your experience.

The prime time for whale-watching in Noosa is between July and November. This period marks the migration of humpback whales from the Antarctic to the warmer waters of Southern Queensland, where they give birth and nurture their young.

Are the whales migration patterns important to my adventure?

Understanding the migration patterns of whales is important. During their migration, whales travel thousands of miles, which is one of the most extended migration journeys in the animal kingdom. This journey is predictable, making certain times of the year better for sightings. Speak to Noosa Thriller for advice when planning your whale watching day out.

Does the whale watching experience differ within the season?
Yes! Each part of the whale watching season offers different experiences. Early in the season, you may witness more active social behaviour as groups form and courtship takes place. Later, the focus shifts to mothers with calves, offering a tender and heartwarming spectacle.
How do you tell the difference between whale species?

Whales are diverse, with each species boasting distinct features. Humpback whales, known for their acrobatics, are commonly seen in Noosa. They can be identified by their long pectoral fins and unique patterns on their tails. On the other hand, the Southern Right whale, less common in Noosa, can be distinguished by its callosities and broader back without a dorsal fin.

What’s your cancellation policy?
A 24-hour cancellation notice is required, otherwise the full fare is payable.

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