Brisbane Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Brisbane Dolphin & whale watching

Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

1. Moreton Island: Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise Adventure

Discover Moreton Bay Marine Park on a cruise. Learn about marine life from an onboard marine naturalist, go on a guided snorkeling tour of the Tangalooma wrecks, and see giant loggerhead turtles. Meet the skipper and crew at the Rivergate Marina Brisbane to begin a 1-day Moreton Island adventure. Get on a modern, purpose-built whale and dolphin-friendly vessel featuring large viewing decks, guaranteeing you a rail-side position on this ultimate marine discovery cruise. Visit the magical world of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, home to bottlenose dolphins, dugongs, and giant loggerhead turtles. The park is also home to humpback whales between June and October. Gain insightful commentary from a marine naturalist on board, blending aspects of marine mammal behavior with the interesting history of the Moreton Bay islands. Enjoy a guided snorkeling tour around the 14 scuttled ships of the Tangalooma Wrecks as well. Purchase additional snacks and drinks from the kiosk or licensed bar on board.

Moreton Island: Wreck Snorkeling & Dolphin Feeding Day Trip

2. Moreton Island: Wreck Snorkeling & Dolphin Feeding Day Trip

Join a day trip from Brisbane and visit the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. Enjoy everything the resort has to offer, including a guided snorkeling experience and the opportunity to hand-feed wild dolphins. When you check in at the wharf, the staff will communicate all tour times of the day to guests. Then, travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over to Moreton, or on the return journey.  Arrive at this beautiful island after an approximately 75-minute journey and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Enjoy full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars, and, of course, the beach. Included in your day trip is a snorkeling tour. The snorkeling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkeling locations, The Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations, and marine life. Learn about dolphin marine life with the optional 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM. Watch this informative demonstration, or simply explore the island at your leisure until sunset.  Then, make your way to the jetty for the wild dolphin feeding program. Witness a majestic pod of dolphins visiting the shallow shore, and see them play together until it’s time to be fed. Follow an expert into the shallow water and hand-feed fish to a wild bottlenose dolphin.  You will be assisted by the Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff who operate under strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins. At approximately 7:00 PM, leave the island and travel back to Brisbane, arriving at 8:15 PM.

From Brisbane: Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort Day Trip

3. From Brisbane: Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort Day Trip

Experience the best of Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort on this day trip from Brisbane. Ride an ATV quad bike along the beach swim in the resort pool, sip a cocktail at the bar and enjoy international cuisine at the restaurant. As the sun sets, see a family of wild dolphins feed. Travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary drink either on the boat ride to Moreton or on the return journey. Upon arrival at the island, experience the thrill of riding on an ATV quad bike along the beach and through the bushland at Tangalooma. The guides will assist you and provide basic bush track training so you can tackle the dedicated ATV quad bike tracks. Throughout the day, enjoy full access to the resort facilities including pools, restaurants, and bars. Use your lunch voucher for whichever cuisine you fancy, with Chinese, Vietnamese, and other options available. Visit to the Eco-Center for a presentation on the world of dolphins, then head to the bar to enjoy a cocktail or mocktail, best paired with a sunset. Make your way to the jetty to see a family of wild dolphins as they grace the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort for their nightly feed. Then, head back to the wharf to depart for Brisbane at approximately 7:00 PM. After the 75-minute return journey, you will arrive back in Brisbane at approximately 8:15 PM.

From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

4. From Brisbane: Stradbroke Island Day Tour

Take a day trip from Brisbane to Stradbroke Island and discover Queensland's most popular island and its National Park. The park is almost completely controlled by the aboriginal Quandamooka people. At almost 40 kilometers long, Stradbroke Island is the second-largest sand island in the world. Located just off the coast from Brisbane, it has beautiful beaches, a rugged coastline and forests that are home to large numbers of kangaroos and koala bears. The crystal clear waters are safe to swim in year round. Following your transfer from Brisbane, enjoy a memorable experience where the waters teem with large schools of dolphins, manta rays and turtles. All of these creatures can be seen from Point Lookout. The lookout is considered Australia’s best land-based vantage point for spotting migrating humpback whales in the winter. During the tour, you will enjoy a 40-minute cruise across Moreton Bay, visit Cylinder Beach, where you are free to swim if you want and walk the North Gorge to admire the rugged views.

From Brisbane: Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise

5. From Brisbane: Tangalooma Dolphin Feeding Day Cruise

When you check in at the wharf, the staff will communicate all tour times of the day to guests. Then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. You may choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after approximately 75 minutes and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Have full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars, and, of course, the beach! If you have selected the desert safari tour, travel by 4WD vehicle to the Tangalooma Desert. With this thrilling and bumpy 4WD bus tour, getting there is half the fun. When sand tobogganing, you can reach speeds of up to 40km per hour. If you have chosen the marine discovery cruise, you’ll journey along the coastline in search of dolphins, dugongs, green sea turtles, rays, and more. The purpose-built discovery boat provides unobstructed views of Moreton Bay’s intriguing marine life. Enjoy full eco commentary, provided to explain the habitats and behaviors of the local marine creatures. The "Discover the World of Dolphins" presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM is optional. Watch this or simply explore the island at your leisure until sunset. Then, make your way to the jetty for the wild dolphin feeding program. Witness a majestic pod of dolphins visiting the shallow shore and see them play together until it’s time to be fed. Follow an expert into the shallow water and hand-feed fish to a wild bottlenose dolphin. You will be assisted by the Dolphin Care Team, consisting of Eco Rangers and dedicated staff who operate under strict guidelines to ensure the protection of the dolphins. At approximately 7:00 PM, leave the island and travel back to Brisbane, arriving at 8:15 PM.

Moreton Island: Tangalooma ATV Quad Bike & Dolphin Feeding

6. Moreton Island: Tangalooma ATV Quad Bike & Dolphin Feeding

Escape to the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, just over an hour from Brisbane by ferry, with a day pass. Ease into the relaxed Queensland atmosphere as you soak up the sun, redeem lunch vouchers, ride an ATV quad bike, and feed dolphins. Check in at the wharf and learn about the tour times of the day from the staff. Then, travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic ferry ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over to Moreton or on the return journey. After a 75-minute boat ride, step into the natural wonder of Moreton Island and spend some time exploring it at your own pace. Enjoy full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars, and, of course, the sandy beach of Tangalooma Island Resort. Next, experience the thrill of riding an ATV quad bike along the beach and through the bushland at Tangalooma. With professional guides by your side, get the basic bush track training to handle the best dedicated ATV quad bike tracks in Australia. Then, learn about dolphin marine life with the optional 'Discover the World of Dolphins' presentation at the Eco Centre at 3:15 PM. Watch this informative demonstration, or simply explore the island till sunset. Finally, make your way to the jetty for the wild dolphin feeding program. Witness a majestic pod of dolphins visiting the shore, and see them play together until it’s time to be fed. Follow an expert into the shallow water and hand-feed fish to a wild bottlenose dolphin with the Dolphin Care Team, consisting of eco rangers who ensure the protection of these creatures. After interacting with wild dolphins, at approximately 7:00 PM, you'll leave the island and travel back to Brisbane, arriving at 8:15 PM.

Tangalooma Snorkel Tour, Sunset Cocktail & Dolphin Viewing

7. Tangalooma Snorkel Tour, Sunset Cocktail & Dolphin Viewing

Experience the best of Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort on this day trip from Brisbane. When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You will then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. Enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride to Moreton, or on the return journey. Arrive at this beautiful island after an approximately 75 minute journey and spend some time exploring at your own leisure. Enjoy full access to the various pools, cafes, restaurants, bars and, of course, the beach! Included in your day trip is a snorkelling tour. The snorkelling experience takes you to one of Australia's best snorkelling locations, The Wrecks, which is home to a large variety of reef fish, coral formations and marine life. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Eco-Center for a presentation on the world of dolphins at 3.15 PM. Heading to B&Bs bar to enjoy a cocktail or mocktail, best paired with a sunset. Then, make your way to the jetty to see a family of wild dolphins as they grace the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort for their nightly feed. Then, head back to the wharf to depart for Brisbane at approximately 7:00pm. After the 75 minute return journey, you will arrive back in Brisbane at approximately 8:15pm.

Brisbane: Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch

8. Brisbane: Whale Watching Cruise with Lunch

See the amazing humpback whale and enjoy an onboard fresh lunch on this exciting, 5-hour whale watching cruise near Brisbane. Marvel at the magnificent humpback whale in one of the world’s best whale watching destinations, Moreton Bay. Enjoy a tasty lunch aboard the Eye-Spy catamaran whilst watching the whales - an experience you're unlikely to forget in a hurry!

Tangalooma Day Cruise, Sunset Cocktail & Dolphin Viewing

9. Tangalooma Day Cruise, Sunset Cocktail & Dolphin Viewing

Experience the best of Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort on this day trip from Brisbane. When you check in at the wharf, the staff will advise all tour times of the day to guests. You'll then travel from Brisbane to Moreton Island on a scenic boat ride. You may choose to enjoy a complimentary beverage either on the boat ride over or the return journey. Arrive at beautiful Moreton Island after a 75-minute boat journey. If you have selected the desert safari tour, you’ll travel by 4WD vehicle to the Tangalooma Desert. With this thrilling and bumpy 4WD bus tour - getting there is half the fun. Get a look at the real Moreton Island, the world's third largest sand island. You can choose to participate in the exhilarating sport of Moreton Island sand tobogganing, reaching speeds of up to 40km per hour. Perfect for everyone from beginners to thrill-seekers as you can choose your own pace. If you have chosen the marine discovery cruise, you’ll journey along the coastline in search of dolphins, dugongs, green sea turtles, sea cucumbers, rays and more. The purpose-built discovery boat provides unobstructed views of Moreton Bay’s intriguing marine life. Enjoy full eco commentary, provided to explain the habitats and behaviours of the local marine creatures. Throughout the day, enjoy full access to the resort facilities including pools, restaurants, and bars. Don't forget to pay a visit to the Eco-Center for a presentation on the world of dolphins at 3.15 PM. Heading to B&Bs bar to enjoy a cocktail or mocktail, best paired with a sunset. Then, make your way to the jetty to see a family of wild dolphins as they grace the shores of Tangalooma Island Resort for their nightly feed. Then, head back to the wharf to depart for Brisbane at approximately 7:00 PM. After the 75-minute return journey, you will arrive back in Brisbane at approximately 8:15 PM.

Frequently asked questions about Brisbane

What top attractions are a must-see in Brisbane?

The must-see attractions in Brisbane are:

What are the best day trips and excursions from Brisbane?

The best day trips and excursions from Brisbane are:

Tamborine Mountain

What are the best inexpensive tours in Brisbane?

Other Sightseeing Options in Brisbane

Want to discover all there is to do in Brisbane? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Brisbane

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Absolutely one of the most memorable days, the experience of getting that close to wild dolphins is truly amazing. Very friendly staff everywhere at the resort. Great food great facilities.

It was a really good one day trip, enjoyed the activities and food. Only the weather hasn’t that good on the day!!

A nice relaxing day combining with interesting activities and friendly staff. An excellent experience overall.

We loved it. Crew were great. Seeing the whales was awesome Would do it again in a heartbeat

The experience was amazing definitely recommend the tour and activities.