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For close encounters of the mammal-marvelling kind, the place to be is Hervey Bay. Renowned as Australia’s whale-watching capital, this southern Queensland city is a premier whale viewing and touring destination, not just locally, but also worldwide. The region’s tranquil waterways provide the ideal environment for migrating humpback whales to teach their newborn calves all-important survival skills before venturing further north along the Queensland coastline. RedBalloon captures the magic of whale watching at the best location in Australia with a range of whale-watch cruises for full-day and half-day adventures in Hervey Bay and surroundings.
These unique experiences are second to none with an expert captain at the helm, multilingual staff, free on-board Wi-Fi, hydrophone access for listening to whales, and there is even a submerged platform for swimming out to meet and greet these majestic monarchs of the sea. Complimentary transfers to and from your accommodation, delicious buffet lunches, snacks, afternoon teas and beverages are also included in Hervey Bay whale-watching tours, which you can book online at RedBalloon.
Hervey Bay is a coastal centre that is located three-and-a-half hour’s drive north of Brisbane. With its neighbouring Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, and opportunities aplenty for whale-watching and sightseeing adventures, Hervey Bay is an international tourist magnet.
Whale-watching season in Hervey Bay takes place from mid July until the end of November. This is prime time for whale watchers to view up to 1200 humpback whales that migrate 5000km to the eastern coast of Australia. However, the official whale-watching season in Hervey Bay ends on October 31.
There are humpback whales still swimming in the Hervey Bay waterways until the end of November.
RedBalloon’s tours that conduct Fraser Coast whale-watching adventures are some of the best in the business. Your expert skipper has been operating these informative tours for more than 28 years on board state-of-the-art vessels with six spacious levels and viewing decks. This tour is designed to transport you to the whale-watching playground in maximum speed, undeniable exhilaration and ultimate comfort.
You should dress comfortably and weather appropriately. The year-round warm conditions of Hervey Bay make it a great place to view humpback whales in their element. Bringing a jacket for later, wearing sunglasses and a hat to avoid water glare and applying sunscreen is advisable. Importantly, please abstain from wearing black-soled footwear, as this leaves marks on the deck, and don’t forget to bring your camera for capturing the whale-watching magic.