Whale-watching around Hervey Bay
Although there are plenty of places to see humpback whales on the east coast, few are as good as Hervey Bay. Many young calves and their mothers rest up here between August and the start of November, before heading south. The waters are generally calm, and the whales are unafraid – even curious – about the whale-watching boats, approaching within metres on nearly every whale-watching trip. The calves can be as playful as puppies, jumping clean out of the water or splashing around. If you do boat-based whale-watching in only one place in Australia, do it here.
Not surprisingly, there are plenty of operators who will take you out. Quick Cat is the longest running, has advanced eco-certification and is one of the best set up, with two vessels operating half-day and full-day tours. On board there are hydrophones to listen to the whale song and other marine sounds, underwater cameras to keep an eye on the whales even underwater, and the boats are wheelchair accessible. The company has sensible environmental policies, including no Styrofoam cups on board.
Other recommended operators include Kingfisher Bay Resort and the eco-certified Whalesong Cruises.
Quick Cat: (07) 4128 9611 or (07) 4128 9387 or 1800 671 977
Nearby Eco Activities
- Cycling and mountain-biking around Brisbane
- Mount Coot-tha Forest
- Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland
- Rock climbing around Brisbane
- Hiking on Fraser Island