Hervey Bay is one of the best whale watching spots in Australia. Humpback whales love the sheltered stretch of water between the mainland and Fraser Island, so they always take a break from their long journey here and can be spotted playing with their young for several days at a time. Whale watching season in Hervey Bay is also extremely long, but the best time to spot a Humpback whale is late July through November. During this time, you have a good chance of spotting a whale from 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island and guests joining us from Hervey Bay during whale watching season might even get treated to the sight of a whale from aboard the Fraser Island barge. However, if you are really keen on seeing whales up close, you should definitely book our Fraser Island + Whale Watching package, which includes a whale watching tour from Hervey Bay.
We’ve teamed up with the best whale watching cruise operators in Hervey Bay to offer you great discounts when you book a Fraser Island + Whale Watching package.
Let us know that you are interested in whale watching when you book your tour and we’ll figure out the best day for you to do the cruise. You can choose between these Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruises (they’re all great!):[vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2006″][vc_column width=”3/4″]Shayla cruises whale watching tours
If you have the time for a relaxed full day cruise, board the Shayla for a Whale Adventure Experience of a lifetime. On this beautiful sailing boat, you get a full day cruise priced at half day rates. The sailing vessel offers a relaxed and stylish way to travel, and tours run with a maximum of 28 passengers, so the atmosphere aboard is quite intimate. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea are all included, as well as one complimentary drink (beer, wine or soft drink).[vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2010″][vc_column width=”3/4″]Blue Dolphin Whale Watching Tours
This experienced tour operator boasts a particularly knowledgeable guide who has 14 years’ experience as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld. The company also prides itself on having the lowest carbon footprint, offering the most ecologically responsible whale watching tours in Hervey Bay. Morning tea, afternoon tea, a full buffet lunch and complimentary beverage (beer, wine or soft drink) are all included in the full day whale watching tour.[vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2014″][vc_column width=”3/4″]Freedom Whale Watch
Another full day whale watching cruise, with a catamaran providing a smooth ride. Freedom Whale Watch provides transfers to and from accommodation in Hervey Bay. Morning tea, afternoon tea and a buffet lunch are all included in the price.[vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”2018″][vc_column width=”3/4″]Quick Cat II Whale Watching Tour
If you are planning to go whale watching from Harvey Bay early or late in the whale watching season, Quick Cat II has the edge on the competition. They are the only company to work with spotter aircraft, so you have a higher chance of seeing a whale on days where other tour operators might strike out. The wide bodied super catamaran is also a great child-friendly alternative for families and – the hint is in the name – the 1/2 day whale watching tour is perfect for those who can’t manage a full day’s cruising.