Hervey Bay is the ‘whale watch capital of the world’ and whether you have experienced the majestic humpbacks or not, now is your time to have the soul-stirring, awe-inspiring experiences that so many people rave about.
The school break is the perfect opportunity to splash out and cruise the Great Sandy Strait in the peak of whale season, where close encounters with our giant, curious friends are guaranteed.
Whale watching in Hervey Bay is not a typical “day trip” experience. Instead it’s an opportunity to gain an interactive, up close and personal experience with whales. Tie in world-class eco-experiences such as the World Heritage listed Fraser Island and the UNESCO recognised Great Sandy Biosphere, and Lady Elliot Island – the beginning of the Great Barrier Reef!
Hervey Bay is unique as far as whale watching is concerned. It is the only place of its kind in the world where migrating whales stay up to ten days in the pristine waters between the mainland and Fraser Island. They interact, rest and play in the Great Sandy Strait – the perfectly protected marine playground for mothers and their calves.
The Fraser Coast has a range of whale watching tours that will exceed all your expectations so we’ve included a sample of what’s on offer:
Holidaymakers can hop aboard Tasman Venture for a half day tour complete with guaranteed whale sightings or return ticket. Expert commentary, underwater windows, unique viewing platform and hydrophone to hear whales sing will ensure an amazing experience.
Meanwhile, the Spirit of Hervey Bay has 3/4 day whale-watching cruises including morning tea and buffet lunch while Yahoo Whale Watch Cruises will provide a tonne of fun on their adventure cruise for the young and the young at heart.
Whalesong Cruises has four-hour morning or afternoon tours with quality local refreshments, wide water-level viewing decks and more.
Another popular option is Freedom Whale Watch’s luxury 3/4 day adventure with gourmet morning and afternoon tea and tropical buffet lunch.
Blue Dolphin Marine Tours have exclusive full day whale encounters with limited passenger numbers for an intimate experience sailing on board the luxury catamaran. If the conditions are right, passengers can join the whales in the water on the boat’s purpose-built platform.
Another excellent option is Hervey Bay Whale Watch Quick Cat II which has a full day Whales and Fraser Island experience including a stop-over at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island for lunch. Conditions and temperament of the whales permitting, there is also the opportunity to swim with the humpbacks.
The Hervey Bay whale watch season runs from July to November each year. To book your adventure in the ‘whale watch capital of the world’, head to whalesherveybay.com.au.