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Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast

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247 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia
+61 438 453 769
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Took the day trip out to South Stradbroke - absolutely fantastic day on the water. Darryl was great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
645JSutt
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Da Nang, Vietnam
Awesome sailing day with a great Skipper!

The day flew by and the whales were all around. Even though we went out near the end of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MarkMV
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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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 charters under sail. Cruise along side of theses massive mammals. Watch them breaching spy hopping and tail slapping and with a 100% success rate in whale sightings you are sure to witness the annual migration. We also conduct other sailing charters from South Stradebroke Island discovery tours to twilight champagne sailing cruises. All of our cruise bookings are exclusive and private for you and your guests only!
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247 Bayview Street, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland 4216, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank 645JSutt
Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank MarkMV
Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago 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

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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

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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

Reviewed 15 August 2017

Set this up for the ladies to enjoy a day whale watching while the guys played golf. Reactions from all on board was "amazing, fantastic, unbelievable, inspring". Plenty of whales, even a calf. a wonderful day with a great host - thanks Darryl - you...More

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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Cracker day with the whales. Rainbows in their breath, breaches on the ocean and mum singing to her calf! These massive mammals never stop amazing me. Fair winds Darryl

Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

What a great day we had with Darrel. He was very professional and right from the start of the trip I felt good about selecting Getaway and I was not disappointed. Highly recommendedMore

Thank ChrisPerth999
Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2017

The humpbacks have been sensational this season!! We have been seeing all of their different acrobatics and playful behaviors. There have been close encounters and massive breaches and all just a couple of miles off the coast in front of Surfers Paradise. Thanks for the...More

Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

The most unique experience that any whale charter has to offer on the Gold coast. Darryl is a friendly and entertaining skipper. If your after a slow and entertaining day out with a 100% whale sighting, Getaway Sailing is truly worth the money. I can't...More

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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2017

Thank you for the kind review. The whales are now in large numbers as they travel north for their annual migration. I am seeing pods of 20 humpbacks which show many different types of behaviour. My favourite time of year ...... I'm stoked to be...More

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing day whale watching with Getaway sailing. We are a family of six. one good thing about booking with getaway sailing is that we felt much more comfortable having the yacht to ourselves. We also had a more flexible time as well....More

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Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2017

Thank you for your kind review. We had a great encounter with the humpbacks. Hazel even had her iPhone video on the evening news!! The humpbacks are now much larger in numbers passing the Gold Coast and the season is looking exciting. I will never...More

Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We had a great time even though the whales didn't come out to play. We were warned though that being the end of season this would be the case. Beautiful yacht and able to wander freely around her. We managed to see a couple of...More

Thank cavalino63
Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review. Every day is different with a whale watching charter and this is one of the reasons I love this occupation so much. I never know what is going to happen as we leave the dock, and with excitement in...More

Reviewed 5 October 2016

I booked a surprise sailing trip for my parter and I as i planned to propose. Darryl was really helpful with organising the whole thing, he went above and beyond to make it a really special occasion. The day was topped off by seeing whales...More

Thank Natredman
Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So a marriage proposal with whales and dolphins and a large spinnaker with the words "Will you marry me"! Perfect! I wish you both health and happiness in your future life together. Fair winds Darryl

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genck41
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
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kizz75
30 August 2016|
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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
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