Whale Watching Tours

Couples Package $410 (For 2 people)

Includes; 2 Nights’ accommodation at Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge and your choice of the following Tour Boat Cruises; Quick Cat II, Tasman Venture, Whale Song, Spirit of Hervey Bay. For Premium 3/4 Day Tour Boats: Freedom III Add $40 to package price, & Blue Dolphin;  Add $70 to package price
For School Holidays High Season (17th September- 2nd October) Add $20 to package price

For further nights accommodation or variations; please request a quote

Families Package $620 (2A + 2 Children ages 4-14)

Includes; 2 Nights’ accommodation and at Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge and your choice of the following Tour Boat Cruises; Quick Cat II, Tasman Venture, Whale Song, Spirit of Hervey Bay. For Premium 3/4 Day Tour Boats; Freedom III Add $60 to package price, & Blue Dolphin; Add $170 to package price
Additional Children aged 4-14; Prices vary from $45 – $80 per extra child; please enquire

For School Holidays High Season (17th September- 2nd October) Add $30 to family package
For further nights accommodation or variations such as teenagers/ students & pensioners; please request a quote

All Whale Watch tours include:

  • Expert accredited commentary
  • Friendly and experienced staff
  • Fully licensed bars
  • Free transfers from Hervey Bay Colonial Lodge 

We suggest you compare boats, as they vary considerably with what they do and don’t include; e.g. lunch, time of departure, length of tour, disabled access/mobility accessible, personal DVD/photos available, etc. Tour Times also vary according to the cruise you choose.

Best whale viewing dates are between 1st August – 7th October, Whale season only operates from mid July to 30th October. Bring; camera, sunscreen, hat, jacket, wear flat shoes, polaroid sunglasses,money for drinks or sourenirs etc 

DUration 1/ day 1/2 day 1/2 day 3/4 day (except school
hols 1/2 day)
3/4 day sailing 3/4 day
Boat Name Quick Cat II
2 Trips Daily
Tasman Venture
2 Trips Daily
Whale Song
2 trips Daily
Spirit of Harvey Bay - 3/4 day
(except 2x 1/2 day trips though
school hols - 17th Sep - 2nd Oct)
Freedom III
3/4 Day
Blue Dolphin
3/4 Day
Departure Times 7am-12.30 (5 & 1/2hrs via Kingfisher Resort).
1pm-5pm (4hrs Not going to Kingfisher Resort)
8.30am-12.30(4hrs)
1.30-5.30pm (4hrs)
8-12am
(4hrs)
2-6pm (4hrs)
8.30am-2pm (5 & 1/2hrs )
School hols- 8.30am-12.30
(4hrs)1.30-5.30pm (4hrs)
9.30am-3.30pm (6hrs) 7.30am-3.30pm (8hrs)
Speed (knots) 21-27k (Fast) 22-28k (Fast) 22-28k (Fast) 25k (Fast) 14-18k (Medium) 8k (slow)
Under Water Window No Yes No Yes Yes No
Under Water Camera Yes Yes No Yes No No
Hydro-Phone in fine weather only Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disables/ Pram Access Yes Partial Access No No No
Smoking No No No No No No
Free Transfers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVD $25 Your Trip - Live Yes Free Generic No Yes Free Generic No No
Free Recruise if no sighting
10 Aug to 10 Oct
Yes,, Same Season Yes, Same Season Yes, Same Season Yes, Same Season Yes, Same Season Depends
Meals Included AM trip; Light Breakfast & Morning tea, PM trip; Afternoon Tea only Morning or Afternoon Tea AM trip; Morning tea & Buffet Lunch, PM trip; Light lunch & Afternoon tea 3/4 Day; Includes Buffet lunch & morning tea 1/2 Day; Includes Morning or Afternoon tea on School Holidays Buffet Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea Buffet Lunch, Morning and Afternoon Tea
Max Number of people 95 80 60 150 Usually only 50% capacity 45 24
Motel Pickup Prior to departure 30 mins Prior 30 mins prior 35 mins prior 40 mins prior 30 mins prior 30 mins prior

Whale Facts

Each year, large numbers of Humpback Whales visit The Hervey Bay Marine Park on their Southern Migration from July to about the middle of November. The Whales interrupt their migration to spend time resting, playing and preparing their calves for the trip to the Antarctic Feeding Grounds. The humpback whale takes its name from the habit of breaking the water surface with a large area of its back when diving. Approximately 3,000 Humpback whales will migrate this season between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.

Humpbacks are still the third most endangered species of all the big whales, but now their numbers are increasing 13% each year. They are the fifth largest animal on this planet, growing up to 15 metres in length with a weight of up to 45,000kg (99,000lbs) – equivalent to 11 elephants or 600 persons each! Humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all of the great whales. The species displays a wide variety of leaping, rolling and breaching movements which provide fascinating viewing for whale watchers.

The humpback whale is also well known for its complex underwater vocalisations or whale songs particularly during breeding. Adult whales have been seen to breach 20 – 30 times within 5 minutes, displaying awesome grace and power. Let us advise you on the best Whale watching options and we will book your day away including transfers.