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Sunshine Coast Humpback Whale Reports

Frst-hand Whale Watching Experiences


Entries found here are from Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast whale watching trips from whale season 2020 all the way back to 2011. 

6 July 2020 Whale Watching Report

Another beautiful day full of whale watching goodness! The first trip we headed out abot 15 nautical miles before spotting whales, a beautiful trip offshore the Sunshine Coast. Looking back at the coastline was quite a sight! We came upon three whales, then saw two more pods...

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2 July 2020 Whale Watching Report

We headed out on this clear, sunny day only 30 minutes from the Mooloolaba coastline before finding whales!  The seas were calm, and could easily spot two blows in the distance. As the whales got closer, we had to shut our engines off and see how the whales were going to...

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1 July 2020 Whale Watching Report

Started off this full day of whale watching with a bright and sunny day! Only headed out three nautical miles before sighting whales (roughly 15 minutes out of Mooloolaba)! We only had this one sighting in the morning, but it was definitely a good one. We had two humpback...

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23 June 2020 Whale Watching Report

After reaching the 'whale highway', we came across what seemed to be a juvenile male pretty focused on heading north. We were all waiting with anticipation for this whale to make some moves as she/he was just moving and doing big blows near the surface most of the time. Finally...

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22 June 2020 Whale Watching Report

We departed today at 12:30 pm with only a group of 20 passengers (due to the current restrictions from Covid). It was a clear, sunny day on the water, and went out about 10-15 nautical miles. We saw whales on 3 different occasions, some in the distance, and others coming to us...

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26 July 2019 Whale Watching Report

We had lots of whales to choose from the very start of the trip to the end. Even only 15 minutes out we had some people see a whale in the distance breach 3 times off the port side. We had whales at 12 o clock and 3 oclock too which we ended up going for. As we got closer we...

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25 July 2019 Whale Watching Report

Amazing, trip out today. We had a wonderful group of whale watchers on the boat today, everyone in high spirits. Maybe this is why we had such a beautiful turn out from the humpback whales today. We came across a baby and a mum who were very active. From the breaches and pec...

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16 July 2019 Whale Watching Report

On today's amazing trip we had a massive breach not too far from the boat. This humpback whale surprised all the guests on board in the best way. Lots of marine life about as well, as we saw a big jellyfish right at the surface from the boat, and we also enjoyed the company of...

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30 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

The skipper said, "Our first cruise today the whales went nuts". We found a mum and calf five minutes off the headland and they were amazing! It started with the mum performing huge head lunges followed by the calf breaching at least 30 times close to everyone on board. Mum...

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28 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Well just when you thought the season was winding down, we have another incredible day of every type of humpback whale behaviour. Our morning started with a mum head lunging and pec slapping and close encounters with the little calf. We then came across a huge competition pod...

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26 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Wow is how I'll start to describe today's whale watching cruise - As only 5 mins from the river mouth, we spotted a large whale breaching and this male continued to breach and breach and breach over the next 65 minutes. In between the breaches he would roll on his belly and...

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20 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Our cruises today started with a breach and finished the same way, we found about 8 pods in the morning and had the best display very close to our boat. A few of the calves breaches were right alongside us. The afternoon was spectacular again, with a mum and calf and the little...

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14 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Again, our day started with beautiful flat conditions on the ocean and whales everywhere we looked, with five minutes of leaving the river mouth we spotted our first pod for the day. We had a mum and calf just cruising along with not a worry at all. In the distance we saw lots...

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12 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Again our day started with whales spotted before we had left the river mouth with four different pods. One mum, calf and escort were all very active, tail slapping and the calf breaching for the first 25 minutes of our cruise. We had only travelled 10 minutes out from the...

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10 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

What and absolute stunning day on the Sunshine Coast... and it was well and truly an amazing day out on the water with spectacular water conditions. Our first whale sighting for the day was an inquisitive mother and her calf just off Point Cartwright. These guys gave us close...

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