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Hervey Bay Whale Watching

An encounter with humpback whales on the waters of Hervey Bay is unforgettable. These majestic creatures have made Hervey Bay a regular stop on their annual migration to Antarctica after giving birth in the warm waters of north Queensland.

Mothers and calves are now relaxed and at home with the whale watching boats which carefully approach their playground and the almost-guaranteed sightings, are counted as an experience of a lifetime".

This is an experience for which thousands of people flock to the region from August to October each year.

The humpbacks have made Hervey Bay their own, and as one of the most active and acrobatic of species they provide an awesome sight with their antics, including spectacular displays of breaching, tail flapping and pectoral fin slapping.

As the years go by, the whales seem increasingly comfortable with the cruise vessels and often come so close you can almost reach out and touch them.

Hervey Bay Whale Watching Tours

Tour operators adhere strictly to Department of Environment and Heritage guidelines, designed to protect the whales and keep them coming back to Hervey Bay year after year. Boat operators must not approach within lOOm of a whale and must not approach within 300m, if three or more other vessels are within 300m of that whale.

Other marine life which can be sighted during a day's whale watching include dolphins, turtles, and occasionally dugong.

Eighteen operators offer whale watching tours, all vessels depart from the Urangan Boat Harbour. Day trips include lunch and half day trips include tea and coffee, and prices begin at about $45 for adults for a full day. Please use this Whale Watch site to book your Hervey Bay Whale Watching Tours. Or should you require information about Fraser Island Tours.

Hervey Bay Whale Watching - Some vessels have sound systems to enable passengers to hear the whales sing. Some also offer educational videos on the journey to the Hervey Bay Marine Park, and have experienced crew to talk knowledgeably about these gentle creatures.

Several companies also offer whale watching tours from the air, from Hervey Bay Airport, for three to five passengers. See also Whale Watching Pages at http://www.fraserisland.net/.

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