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Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast

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Private whale watching sailing charters as well as packages such as our private Day Spa and sailing day or lunch on South Stradbroke Island or maybe a private sailing discovery tour of South Stradbroke Island and don't forget Private whale watching...more
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247 Bayview St, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia
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Reviewed 26 October 2018

We booked our trip at the end of the season so weren't guaranteed to see any whales, but Darryl spotted a mother and calf fairly quickly and we were able to watch them slowly cruising south for hours. Darryl was very informative and a great...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

What a day. We were a group of 4 and had the whole boat to ourselves. Darryl was so informative and had our attention right from the start. We had a relaxing time sailing on the coral sea lounging on the bean bag at the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2018

The humpbacks are the diamonds in the sea. They are a wonder to us humans, with their size and grace. It is always a pleasure to give guests the spectacular view of the whales in their natural habitat. My job is easy when you have...More

Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

We had the boat to ourselves and sailed alongside whale pods travelling north. Darryl was a fantastic host seeing to everyone’s needs and is so informative about whale behaviour & history. We took a picnic lunch onboard & celebrated my partner’s birthday surprise. Maximum of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2018

Another wonderful whale watch ..... Glad you all enjoyed the day and hope to see you again. Fair winds Darryl

Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Darryl was amazing, nothing was too much trouble, easy to book and delivered on his promise of seeing the whales. The drone photos are great. Look forward to going again.More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Thank you for the kind review. We are close to the middle of the annual humpback migration here on the Gold Coast. here are many whales passing the Gold Coast beaches every day, I have now scene a couple of pods heading south towards their...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

What a great time we had with Darrel from Getaway. His knowledge of the local area and whales was autstanding. Highly recommended. We did this trip and year when we visited the Gold Coast and have added it again for our holiday next year

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

We spent the morning sailing off Stradbroke Island on the Broadwater. We decided on the introduction to sailing so it was all hands on deck. Darryl was amazing how he taught us the basics and let us take control of his boat. Not only was...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Took the day trip out to South Stradbroke - absolutely fantastic day on the water. Darryl was great company & let us be very hands on with handling the yacht. Highly recommended!More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Wonderful day on the water with the family. The food was great and the company even better. You guys look very at home sailing a yacht around and I hope you chase that dream down and purchase the the voyage of a life time Fair...More

Reviewed 4 November 2017

The day flew by and the whales were all around. Even though we went out near the end of the "season," Skipper Darryl was spot on with finding mothers and their calves. We had time to watch the whales under sail and we drifted with...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Although at the end of the humpback migration on the Gold Coast we were treated to many different pods of whales. The season seems to be lengthening each year with massive population growth of humpback whales on the east Australian coast migration. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Darryl & his sailboat were the perfect combination to really enjoy watching whales migrate. His knowledge of whales and experience in these waters made the trip OUTSTANDING! Thanks to Darryl we saw multiple Mum & Bub pods and some joyful juvenile breeching. Even our return...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2017

Even at the end of the 2017 season we have many pods of humpback whales cruising past the Gold Coast. The pods are 100% mother and calves during this last week of October. The calves are very playful with the youngsters breaching often. Mum joins...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

What a great operator / owner is Darryl , he even contacted prior to the start time and offered to head out early as the conditions were perfect for whale watching with crystal clear water with no ripple , as we had a 3 hour...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Hi Helen and Dave, glad you enjoyed the trip. I never get tired of watching these wonderful creatures. The humpbacks are still here in this month of October and the calves are breaching everywhere. Hope to see you again one day sailing with the whales...More

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18 September 2016|
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Response from Darryl F | Property representative |
The Gold Coast whale watching season runs from June to October with thousands of humpback whales gliding past the beaches of the Gold Coast and South Stradbroke island. This season (2016) has been the largest number of... More
30 August 2016|
Response from Darryl F | Property representative |
Thank you for the enquiry. I have found that the sailing whale watching experience I provide is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. The length of time on the water is to long for them. I would enquiry with... More