Whale Watching Townsville - July to September - AD

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 July to September each year. Our whale watching tour boat carries approximately 40 passengers and 3 boat crew. She has a cruising speed of 16 knots. 

Included In Price

  • A four-hour scenic tour around the beautiful waters of Cape Cleveland and Magnetic Island.
  • Cruise past the large granite boulders and towering native hoop pines for your opportunity to glimpse some of the abundance of marine life that reside there and the majestic humpback whale on their northern migration.
  • Iced water, cordial, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Experienced, Professional, Fun and Safe crew with a passion for the marine environment
  • Experience the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef

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

What to Expect:

Whale Watching Tours from Townsville and Magnetic Island

Join us for an unforgettable whale watching experience from Townsville and Magnetic Island, available during the peak migration months from July to September each year. Board our comfortable 20-metre vessel, MV Endorphin, or 14m Adrenalin and embark on a scenic whale watching tour to witness the majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat on the Great Barrier Reef. Our whale watching tours are specifically timed to coincide with the annual humpback migration, offering a unique opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close.

Features and Highlights:

  • Scenic Route and Vessel Comfort: Cruise in comfort aboard MV Endorphin, a 20-metre vessel or MV Adrenalin both designed for stability and optimal viewing. The half day whale watching tour includes passing the picturesque coastline of Magnetic Island, adorned with large granite boulders and lush hoop pines.
  • Rich Marine Biodiversity: The waters off Townsville and Magnetic Island are teeming with diverse marine life. Keep an eye out for turtles, playful dolphins, and elusive dugongs as you cruise through their aquatic territory.
  • Bird Watching Opportunities: Our half day whale watching tour does not just have to be all about the whales, you can also enjoy bird watching opportunities. Look skyward to spot Brahminy kites, whistling kites, and the majestic, white-breasted sea eagles soaring above.
  • Intimate Whale Watching Encounters: Experience heart-stirring moments as you observe humpback whales engaging in natural behaviours such as tail slapping, fin waving, and the awe-inspiring full breach. Our water-level viewing deck provides an intimate perspective, making you feel part of the action.
  • Educational and Informative: Learn fascinating facts about humpback whales and their migratory patterns from our knowledgeable crew. Understand more about their behaviours, breeding habits, and the importance of conservation efforts in protecting these incredible giants.
  • Departure Flexibility: With the option to board your half day tour from either Townsville or Magnetic Island, you can choose the departure point that best suit your travel plans.
  • No Refund Policy on Non-sightings: While whale sightings are highly likely, they cannot be guaranteed. However, the journey itself offers a scenic cruise with plenty of other wildlife viewing opportunities, ensuring a rewarding experience regardless.
  • Resourceful Blog Access: After your half day whale watching tour, enhance your knowledge by reading our informative blog about whale watching and swimming with whales on the Great Barrier Reef.

This whale watching tour is not just a trip; it's an immersion into the marine and avian life of North Queensland. It's an ideal adventure for nature lovers, marine enthusiasts, and anyone looking to experience the magic of humpback whales in a respectful and awe-inspiring setting.

See all whale watching tours on the Great Barrier Reef and swimming with whales.  

Learn more about whales on the Great Barrier Reef.

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

July - September

Days of Operation


Only operates during the months of humpback whale migration


4 hours: 8:00am to 12:00noon OR 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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 $8AUD 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

  • Child price applies to children 4 to 12
  • Children age 0 to 4 travel free of charge

All cancellations must be in writing.

We understand things may change, so we have made cancellations very easy.

In every instance we always recommend you purchase travel insurance for life’s last-minute hiccups.

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

Operators policy:

  • 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.


  • Reschedule fee:
  • 20% with less than 14 days’ notice
  • 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. Divers Alert Network (DAN) and Dive Assure offer comprehensive insurance packages specially for scuba divers.
  • All trips and courses are conditional on weather conditions, management’s discretion, vessel availability and minimum participants (vessel depending).
  • We endeavor to adhere to the scheduled itinerary but reserve the right to alter the proposed itinerary or cancel the trip. Trip itineraries are subject to change at the sole discretion of the management or master of the vessel. If a trip is delayed, dives or snorkels cannot be completed, or cut short due to weather, mechanical breakdown, or a medical emergency, fees will not be refunded. We will not be held financially responsible for weather conditions or illness as a result or for any alternative arrangements made by the customer in case a day trip is delayed or cancelled. Trip fees will not be refunded should you be unable to board in time for the scheduled departure (7AM) or be unable to complete all dives.

Whale Watching Townsville - July to September - AD

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$99.00
Family: au$462.00

Tour Code: 879



13 yrs & over

4 - 12 yrs

0 - 3 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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