Hervey Bay

Around 400 humpback whales visit Hervey Bay each year. In early winter they cruise past en route to northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef, where they breed and nurse their young. On their way back, they stop in the bay (from August to mid-October), some say to allow the calves to build up another layer of blubber before returning to Antarctica. Cruises leave the harbour each morning during this time. Despite weighing up to 36 tonnes, humpbacks are renowned for their majestic acrobatics; they will occasionally leap completely out of the water.

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