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Whale Watching in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Hervey Bay

By Viator, January 2018

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From the sun-soaked shores of the Sunshine Coast to the lush islands of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is one of the best places for whale-watching tours in Australia. To maximize your chances of spotting the majestic creatures, here are some tips for whale watching around Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Hervey Bay.

When to Go
Queensland’s whale-watching season runs from June to November, during the Australian winter months, when the east coast becomes a breeding ground for migrating whales. Hervey Bay is the unofficial whale-watching capital, hosting its annual Whale Festival in July and August, while the Gold Coast is a prime stop on the so-called “Humpback Highway,” the whale migration route that runs between Australia and the Antarctic.

What You'll See
An estimated 10,000 whales pass through Queensland’s waters during the annual migration, including humpback whales and minke whales. Whales can often be seen with their calves, especially later in the season, and you might also spot bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, dugongs, and even sharks. 

How to Go
Half- and full-day whale-watching cruises run from Brisbane to Surfers Paradise, Sea World, and the Gold Coast, aboard specially equipped boats with large viewing decks and underwater microphones so you can listen to the whale songs. Alternatively, cruise around Hervey Bay, Moreton Bay marine park, or Fraser Island on a catamaran excursion and stop to swim or snorkel along the way.

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Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise, Hervey Bay, null
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Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Watch whales dive and play on a whale-watching cruise from Hervey Bay. Cruising in a catamaran specially designed for whale watching, enjoy  encounters with ...  Read more

Location: Fraser Island, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.13
Hervey Bay Ultimate Whale Watching Cruise, Hervey Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Hervey Bay Ultimate Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy an unforgettable experience with Pacific Whale Foundation on the only whalewatch based on 30 years of whale research in Hervey Bay. Aboard the small ...  Read more

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.86
Spirit of Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise, Hervey Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Spirit of Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Join a whale watching cruise in Hervey Bay. Sit back and relax enjoying the breathtaking sights as you cruise past the beautiful white sandy beaches ...  Read more

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.77
Moreton Bay Marine Park Dolphin Cruise Including Lunch, Gold Coast, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Moreton Bay Marine Park Dolphin Cruise Including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover the natural wonders of Moreton Bay Marine Park with a naturalist guide during a 7-hour excursion to Moreton Island. Your day includes a dolphin cruise ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.89
Morning or Afternoon Whale Watching Tour on the MV Whalesong, Hervey Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Morning or Afternoon Whale Watching Tour on the MV Whalesong

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Go on a half-day adventure with the whale and dolphin specialists aboard the MV Whalesong - Hervey Bay's premium mid-sized whale watching and charter boat, ...  Read more

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $87.13
Fraser Island Sailing Adventure Cruise and Dolphin Watching from Hervey Bay, Hervey Bay, Dolphin & ... 
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Fraser Island Sailing Adventure Cruise and Dolphin Watching from Hervey Bay

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Enjoy this half-day dolphin watching tour from Hervey Bay allowing guests to see, experience and learn about the variety of wild dolphins that exist in the ...  Read more

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.40
Blue Dolphin Small-Group Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise, Hervey Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Blue Dolphin Small-Group Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise

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This seasonal whale watching tour takes you aboard a 24-passenger sailing catamaran from Hervey Bay to Platypus Bay at Frasier Island. An immersive platform ...  Read more

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.23
Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch, Hervey Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch

Join us for an extraordinary whale watch and swim encounter. Our all inclusive 5hr tour departs from Hervey Bay daily between mid-July and October. ...  Read more

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.65
Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise, Hervey Bay, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Reward yourself with this premium whale watching tour departing Hervey Bay on-board the Freedom III. There is plenty of time to witness close encounters and ...  Read more

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.77
Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Half-Day Whale Watching and Canal Cruise from the Gold Coast

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

See magnificent humpback whales at play on this half-day cruise from the Gold Coast. You'll enjoy unobstructed 360 degree views from all three decks of your ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.01

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