Whale Watching Cruise

Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay is an easily accessible holiday destination about three and a half hours drive from Brisbane. It started a series of small towns along the coast, but during the 1970s it started to become popular as a tourist and retirement area and now the towns have merged together. Hervey Bay has a population of about 55,000 and is one of the fastest growing towns in Queensland and Australia.

The area has a very pleasant warm subtropical climate with summer maximums of around 30 degrees and winter maximums around 22 degrees. Most of the annual rain occurs in summer from December to February.

Hervey Bay is a popular point to visit nearby Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and a truely great outback Australian family four wheel drive adventure. It is also known as the whale watching capital of Australia, as since whaling stopped in the 1960s it is a fantastic place to view the regular migrations of humpback whales on their 11,000 kilometre journey between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.

The whales give birth in the warm waters of north Queensland and mothers and calves will stop at Hervey Bay to rest and give the calves time to develop a protective layer of blubber before they return to Antarctica. They start arriving from late July, and may be seen until November, with August to mid-October being the main period, when as many as 30 whales can be seen in the bay. I find the best way to view these whales is from a sailing boat. We were lucky enough to meet the owner of Blue Dolfin Yacht Charters Peter, Peter and his crew are the best informed whale tour guides in the busness. 

As well as having the best humpback whale watching in the world, Hervey Bay has 14 kilometres of golden beaches. We find these beaches are safe for children, as they are protected by Fraser Island. The waters are home to turtles, dolphins and dugongs as well as whales. In addition to joining a whale-watching cruise there are other attractions to visit such as animal museums and parks including Hervey Bay Nature World, Neptune's Reef World, and Vic Hislop's Great White Shark Expo.

Hervey Bay is also a great wheel chair frendly area, there are numerious walking paths around the beaches. Most of these are suitable for wheelchair travel. You will also be able to wheel around the marina and maybe even do some fishing.

Urangan Pier is a great spot for fishing and there are places offering diving courses which are handy if you are going to the Great Barrier Reef.

Next time you are after a getaway, no matter what your interests, your age group or the season, you can enjoy the experiences and natural beauty of Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay is also a great place to launch from to visit Fraser Island, you will be able to rent a 4WD and all the gear you'll require.

Great places to stay in Hervey Bay, Queensland

I have stayed at the Ramanda on a number of occasions, big rooms, good food, close to everything. Only a short walk to the beach and the marina. The boat club is only a 5 minute walk for good meals or visit one on the many cafes on the boardwalk.

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