Whale Watching Tours Townsville

Tour Code: 879

Departing: Townsville city

Half day whale watching tour
  • Brand new whale watching tours are now available from Townsville and Magnetic Island. Book a half day morning or half day afternoon whale watching tour on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Whale watching tours begin in Townsville durng the months of June to October each year. Our whale watching boat carries approximately 40 passengers and 3 boat crew. She has a cruising speed of 16 knots. 

Included In Price

  • Whale watching tour for approx 4 hours
  • Scenic Cruise around Magnetic Island
  • Whales (not guaranteed)
  • Unlimited Tea, Coffee, cold Water and Cordial
  • Briefings and care from our friendly crew

Whale watching tours are now available from Townsville and Magnetic Island on our comfortable 20 metre boat during the months of June to October.

Come and join us on our new Townsville and Magnetic Island Whale Watching Tours  on board our 20-metre custom built vessel, MV Endorphin.

On our small group tours of only 40 guests we head out into the Great Barrier Reef marine park during the annual humpback whale migration months of June to October.

Townsville and Magnetic Island in Far North Queensland are a pit stop playground on the annual migration route of the giant Humpback whales. Around 7000 humpback whales choose to rest and play with their new calves in the crystal blue waters off the coast of Queensland.

Our half day morning or afternoon whale watching cruise is also a lovely boat cruise around Magnetic Island’s beautiful coastline which is scattered with large granite boulders and beautifully towering native hoop pines.

We cannot guarantee we will see whales as these are wild mammals, however we assure you our crew will do their best to spot them for you whilst also providing you with a lovely few hours of cruising around the waters of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. 

Mid July and August are normally the peak periods to watch whales. 

Other Attractions on our Great Barrier Reef Tour 

Keep an eye out for the abundance of marine life such as turtles, dolphins, and the dugongs whom are otherwise known as elephants of the sea.

Whilst out on the reef you will also see a lot of sea birds that are both migratory and residents of Far North Queensland. Some of these birds may be Brahminy kites, whistling kites, and the ever-majestic white breasted sea eagles!

Our whale watching boat offers a water level viewing deck so you will truly feel like you’re up close and personal with the humpback whales when they come in for a look at all the humans onboard the boat.

These giant humpback whales are known as show offs with their playful tail slapping, spy hopping, pectoral fin waves and breaching. 

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Townsville city

Departure Time
  • 8.00am in the morning from Townsville Breakwater Marina or 8:25am from Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal, Magnetic Island
  • 1.00pm in the afternoon from Townsville Breakwater Marina or 1:25pm from Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal, Magnetic Island
Departure Instructions

Departs from Townsville and Magnetic Island

  • Great Barrier Reef tour
  • Magnetic Island
Months of Operation

June - October

Days of Operation

Wednesday, Saturday

Only operates during the months of humpback whale migration


4 hours

Fitness Level Required


Additional Information

Parking: Parking is NOT available within the Breakwater Marina. Parking is permitted along the Strand or side streets or you can choose for a full day paid parking at the Sealink Ferry Terminal starting at $7.50AUD for standard vehicles (approx. 15 min walk to meeting point)

  • Camera (charged)
  • Cash or card for on board merchandise purchases
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm jacket

All cancellations must be in writing.

Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee.

Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • Cancellation Fee: 20% with 14 days’ – 48 hours’ notice // 100% with less than 48 hours’ notice
  • Illness or seasickness is not a reason for a refund.
  • In the unlikely event we do not come across any whales we do not offer any refund as you still would have received a scenic cruise around Magnetic Island. We do not guarantee whale sightings.
  • Day trip passengers will receive confirmation of departure from the tour operator by 4pm the afternoon prior to your scheduled trip. A trip is only confirmed when the forecasted weather conditions are safe enough to travel and minimum passenger numbers have been met.
  • TEMPORARY CANCELLATION POLICY DURING CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC: If you have been in contact with the virus at least 2 weeks prior to your scheduled trip or have symptoms of the virus before the trip we are waiving our cancellation fees and you will be able to join another trip when feeling better again and are virus free.
  • All passengers are strongly advised to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy that covers:
  • (i) Trip cancellation or rescheduling
  • (ii) Lost / damaged personal belongings or equipment, due to any reason, and
  • (iii) Evacuation and medical cover including Scuba diving.
  • Note: In a medical emergency, any evacuation, vessel relocation or medical expenses, are the final
  • responsibility of that passenger.

Whale Watching Tours Townsville

Tour Code: 879

Departing: Townsville city

Half day whale watching tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$68.00
Family: au$376.00

Tour Code: 879



13 yrs & over

1 - 12 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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