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Stradbroke Island and Whale Watching Cruise Including BBQ Lunch

Experience the Gold Coast’s ‘Humpback Highway’ on a whale-watching cruise to Stradbroke Island. Choose from five viewing platforms on your 3-hour whale-watching cruise, and take a Broadwater canal cruise on the Gold Coast. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and beach activities on Stradbroke Island. Spot whales, dolphins, turtles, possums and wallabies on this fun-packed big day out for all the family.

Start your cruise at Mariners Cove Marina at Main Beach. Set sail on an air-conditioned, high-speed catamaran, the largest and most stable vessel operating on the Gold Coast.

Choose from five viewing platforms as you cruise across the water to South Stradbroke Island. Unobstructed 360-degree views of the water make it easy for you to keep an eye out for humpback whales. The onboard team of experts will keep you informed and entertained, providing insights into the whales and their annual migration through these waters. You might see mothers with their babies and large pods of migrating whales, along with dolphins and sea turtles.

Enjoy hot drinks and muffins for breakfast while watching out for whales, and ask the onboard professional photographer for photos if you forgot to bring your camera.

Your cruise continues along the Broadwater canal, passing the Gold Coast’s skyscrapers, beaches and homes of the rich and famous, on its way to McLaren’s Landing on South Stradbroke Island.

Arrive at the island’s Bali-inspired resort at McLaren’s Landing for a delicious barbecue lunch on the beach. In the afternoon, relax on the sand near the licensed cocktail bar and enjoy the resort’s live entertainment and daily wallaby feeding. Want some exercise? Join in the beach activities and water sports, with a choice of free canoes, beach volleyball, pool table and darts. You can also choose from a range of reasonably priced optional activities, including jet skis, Segway safaris, 4WD and tobogganing adventures, and speedboat rides (at own expense).

Keep a lookout for monitor lizards, possums and wallabies while you’re on South Stradbroke Island, and scan the water for dolphins and turtles on your late-afternoon return cruise to the Gold Coast.