Daily Departure Times
7:30am, 11:00am, & 2:30pm
$79 per passenger
kids from 8 years
Each year between May and November the subtropical waters of Australia’s east coast host 30,000 humpback whales on migration from Antarctica.
They follow the path of the continental shelf which runs closest to the shoreline between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, making this the prime location for us to witness whales in their natural environment.
From departure to return you will enjoy stunning coastal scenery along with informative and captivating commentary from our experienced skipper and crew. We guarantee you will encounter whales and be mesmerised as you observe them in their natural habitat.
Cooly Eco Adventures provides the closest and most intimate encounters in the region due to the eye-level viewing offered by the safari-style vessel.
Every whale watch is unique, and our highly experienced skipper and crew are on hand throughout to make this experience personal as well as professional. They have a wealth of knowledge and passion for whales and the stunning Gold Coast region they look forward to sharing with you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
On arrival you will be greeted by one of the friendly crew, they will check you in on the iPad and conduct a few COVID19 safety precautions with each passenger. Hand Sanitize/signing a standard covid declaration for current hotspots.
Tea and coffee are on offer while the crew assist you with your gear, including wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins providing you’re on one of our swim tours.
Following the introduction and safety briefing from your Skipper, your lifejackets will be fitted, and we will board the vessel for your adventure!
WHAT TO BRING
It is colder out on the water so come prepared with layers.
- Beanie, warm jumper/ jacket
- Spray jacket/ Rain coat
- Sunglasses and hat
- Camera, Gopro etc
- Drinking water
- 8 Years+ minimum age
- Any children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
- Not suitable for pregnant woman or anyone with a back injury.
- Sense of adventure!
*Anyone with cold or flu symptoms will not be allowed to board the vessel
Your safety is our priority at all times.
All crew trained in First Aid, CPR/Oxygen and Advanced resuscitation.
Your qualified fully trained Skipper and crew has extensive experience in the local area and have expert knowledge of whales and whale behaviour.
In depth briefings before departing, ensure you understand the procedures in place and time will be given to any questions and concerns you may have before getting on the boat.
Oxygen, Defibrillator and a comprehensive Australian Maritime Safety Authority first aid kit maintained onboard.
HOW TO GET HERE
Our departure location is Chinderah, situated 5mins from the pacific highway.
Usually we offer a pick up/ drop off shuttle bus service, however due to COVID-19 we are unable to provide this.
If you are driving from the south on the pacific motorway, take the Kingscliff/ Cudgen exit. and go left at the round about, follow this road.
If you are driving from the north on the Pacific Motorway, take the Kingscliff/Cudgen exit, and go right at the round about. Passing under the motor way and then follow this road.
There is street parking available along Chinderah Bay Dr.
Please Note: Do not park in front of the Cubby Bakehouse.