Cultural Whale Watching

2 Hours
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Wildlife Cruise
April to November
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Experience the magic of whale watching from an entirely new perspective as you immerse yourself in a unique cultural adventure on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. This two-hour whale watching and wildlife tour is led by local Indigenous guides who share their ancient stories, and deep connections to these majestic ocean dwellers as they migrate along our beautiful coastline.


Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

What to expect

This is a whale watching and wildlife tour like no other - you'll get up close and personal with some incredible wildlife on the stunning Sunshine Coast. This tour is special as your local Indigenous guides will share their ancient stories, and deep connections to these majestic ocean dwellers as they migrate along our beautiful coastline.

Whale Watching Vessel Coastal Express allows everyone to have a front row seat, while the state-of-the-art underwater HD cameras and hydrophone allows you to see and hear the whales sing and play, making this unique experience unlike any other.

What is included

This is a two hour experience running on Saturdays and Sundays. 8:00am - 10:00am (Weekdays are also available on demand)

The tour operates with a minimum 6 and a maximum of 20 passengers.

Tour includes:

  • Indigenous tour guide, local and knowledgeable skipper and passionate crew
  • 2 hour tour on board Coastal Express
  • State-of-the-art HD underwater cameras and hydrophone lets you see and listen to the whales play
  • Up close and personal without the crowds

Tour requirements

  • Passengers must be 5 years or older
  • Passengers must have a reasonable level of movement and agility

Meeting point

The Wharf Mooloolaba, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, Queensland

What to bring

Water bottle


Saltwater Eco Tours

Saltwater Eco Tours is located in the beautiful Sunshine Coast, launched in early 2020, the company realises the vision of Simon Thornalley, a young Indigenous man of Torres Strait Island descent who was born on the Sunshine Coast and introduced to his sailing lifestyle by his parents who were world class sailors and environmentalists themselves.

That vision was to establish an eco-tourism sailing experience that would inspire a deeper connection to Indigenous culture and the ocean. A tour that would highlight the role that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples played in preserving the natural beauty and ecological diversity of the Sunshine Coast, much of which has now been preserved in our National Parks for the enjoyment of locals and visitors.

Collaboration with local Traditional Owners of the Kabi Kabi first nation people ensures that Saltwater Eco Tours delivers an authentic local visitor experience, sharing the timeless wisdom of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ready for an experience you won't forget?