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Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast

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Runaway Bay, Australia
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About Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast
Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast provides a unique sailing experience, as the only sailboat Whale Watching Cruise to see whales up-close in their habitat during migrating season. Avoid the crowds, as we are not your average tour operator and join us on a private charter with your family or friends and enjoy the whales 2-3 times longer than other cruises. We offer an exclusive private charter during which you feel you have your own private yacht. Enjoy the silence of a sailboat over the pacific ocean with the elegant humpback whales. Alternatively we offer a range of sailing packages that may also suit your needs. From Twilight Sunset Cruises to a Discovery Tour of South Stradbroke Island – all under sail, or perhaps a Lunch Cruise to Tipplers sailing up past the Efron and Sovereign Islands towards the national parks of South Stradbroke Island. All of our cruise bookings are exclusive and private for you and your guests only!
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Pamela F wrote a review Sep 2021
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Had the best sailing day out with Grant enjoying the beautiful migrating whales. We went with Darryl a few years ago and had a brilliant time so are happy this business is up and running again. Grant shared with us that Darryl's sister and brother-in-law have bought the business and are continuing the same sailing experiences. Grant is their 30+ years skipper!! Can highly recommend this business to anyone who just wants to enjoy some sailing on the Broadwater or offshore with the whales like my family did. We went out whale watching and were not disappointed!! Grant got us close enough to the whales that they just seemed to swim alongside or near to us, as we sailed in the same direction. Brilliant day out and would recommend to anyone who wants a fun and/or chilled day out! Thanks Grant.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from Getawaysailing, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast
Responded 13 Sep 2021
Thanks so much Pamela! That's great you got to see the whales up close and personal. We hope to see you again in the future!
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Sophie M wrote a review Sep 2021
Cairns Region, Australia15 contributions
What a great day out! We booked for the 3 of us and had the whole boat to ourselves. It was a beautiful sunny day and nothing was too much trouble. Very personalised tour! Thank you so much!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from getawaysailing, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast
Responded 13 Sep 2021
Thanks Sophie! So happy you and your 'hen's' had a wonderful day out on the Broadwater!
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MB59 wrote a review Oct 2018
Brisbane, Australia23 contributions49 helpful votes
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 host. The boat is lovely - clean, well kept, and comfortable (there were 6 of us). We thoroughly enjoyed our day and we'll definitely be booking with Darryl earlier in the season next year.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Julie K wrote a review Aug 2018
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions4 helpful votes
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 front of the boat. Darryl guaranteed us whales and wow did we see whales. Many whales. What beautiful creatures they are. I would like to thank Darryl for one of the best days I have had. I would not hesitate recommending this tour to anyone.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast
Responded 25 Aug 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 a staring cast of humpback whales. Hope to see you again sometime Julie. Fair winds Darryl
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MJ R wrote a review Jul 2018
Gold Coast, Australia5 contributions
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 6 on boat so very personal & a perfect mix of sailing & whale watching.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Darryl F, Owner at Getaway Sailing on the Gold Coast
Responded 31 Jul 2018
Another wonderful whale watch ..... Glad you all enjoyed the day and hope to see you again. Fair winds Darryl
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