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Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

Updated: Jun 28

It's whale season! If you’re looking for something absolutely magical to do with your kids over the next few months, why not take them whale watching in Hervey Bay?

Humpback Whales in Hervey Bay
Humpback Whales in Hervey Bay


Humpback whales visit Hervey Bay from July - October and the best time to see them is in late July - August when they make their way up North. During these two months, there are more whales to see and it doesn’t take as long for the boat to reach them, as they are closer to the harbour during these months. The whales will usually come right up close to the boats and even swim underneath them, as they frolic about in the water. Depending on the boat you choose, you may even be able to see them through an underwater viewing platform or even get in the water to swim with them... if you're game enough!


There are quite a few different whale watching boats to choose from in Hervey Bay including The Spirit of Hervey Bay, The Tasman Venture, Quick Cat II, Whalesong, and the Boat Club’s boat The Amaroo. You can even swim with the whales on the Hervey Bay Dive Centre’s boat The Utopia as well.

We went out with The Spirit of Hervey Bay as it’s the largest boat in the area and a much smoother ride than all the others. It’s also much faster than the other boats as well. The boat has 6 viewing decks over 5 levels. It even has underwater viewing rooms, so you can see the whales swimming beneath the surface of the water. There is also a hydrophone for listening to the whales’ songs. Most boats have two tours daily. One in the morning from 8.30am - 1.00pm, and one from 1.30pm - 5.30pm. They also offer a free pick up service from your accommodation, and the tours also come with morning or afternoon tea included.

The Spirit of Hervey Bay cruise also includes a free whale DVD, free wifi while on the boat, commentary on the whales and information about Fraser Island, kids activities including a whale activity book, and if you don’t see any whales during your tour, you will receive your money back, or a free return trip out on the boat again.

Whale Watching in Hervey Bay
Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

It was Roman's first time out to see the whales. He always enjoys looking up whale sharks on Instagram every time I log into the app, so mum and I thought we'd take him out whale watching, so he could see his favourite animal up close. I gave him one of my cameras and he had such a great time running from one side of the boat to the other, to follow the whale's path, trying to get a photo of one of them. His favourite place on the boat was the underwater viewing area where you could see the whales as they cruise by underneath the boat. Below is his impression of the whales blowing air out of their blowholes. He's so cute!

It's very hard to take a good photo of a while unless you are in the water with them with a GoPro! Below are some of the photos that I took while we were on the boat.

No spectacular jumping shots in there! This is why I recommend going out to see the whales in August. There are way more of them and they are much more playful when in groups and will come right up to the boat and hang around for hours. We went on the first day of the whale watching season and we only saw 4 of them. We had a great time though and Roman really enjoyed the trip. I recommend going whale watching to anyone with kids. They will have such great memories of the trip. We even got to see some dolphins playing around with the whales as well.

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