Whale Watching in Queensland

Witnessing the awesome strength and beauty of one of the world’s largest marine creatures is an experience you must add to your bucket list. Whether you’re watching Humpback whales on their migration break at Hervey Bay, or the Dwarf Minke whales swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is the perfect place to have a premium whale-watching experience.

Whale watching capital of Australia – Hervey Bay

The calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay provide the perfect conditions for mother Humpbacks to teach their newborn calves survival skills before continuing their migration along the Queensland coastline from June to November every year. This makes Hervey Bay the best spot in Australia to see the whales do what they do best.

Minke Whales – Tropical North Queensland

The mysterious Minke Whale turns up every June – July to hang out on the Great Barrier Reef. The Ribbon Reefs is the only place in the world where you can snorkel with these beautifully elusive creatures on a research-based trip.

Swim with the Humpback whales - The Sunshine Coast

From July - October you can get up close and personal with the Humpback whales while they visit the Sunshine Coast. Spend a day getting in on the underwater action and swim alongside they majestic marine animals. 

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Brisbane Whale Watching

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Brisbane Whale Watching invites you to come on board the magnificent 'Eye-Spy' for an encounter with the whales. Of all the great whales, the humpback is the most surface active displaying behaviour that will not only inspire you but leave you in awe.

Sea World Whale Watch

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Sea World Whale Watch on Australia's Gold Coast offers premium whale watching tours with expert Captains and Tour Guides aboard the world's most advanced whale watching vessel Spirit of Migaloo. A full refund is provided if your tour fails to sight a whale between June and October.

Whales in Paradise - Gold Coast Whale Watching Pty Ltd

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Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.

Whale Watching with Whalesong Cruises Hervey Bay

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Hervey Bay’s premium mid-sized whale watching and charter boat, with a strong focus on ecological practices and sustainability. Whalesong Cruises is a locally owned family operated business, specialising in Humpback whale and dolphin close encounters from their luxurious, purpose-built vessel.

Fraser Beach and Barbecue Cruise

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Specialising in whale and dolphin watching, their cruises provide so much more with ‘A Taste of Fraser Island’ on their Fraser Beach and Barbecue Cruise, or a great way to start your night or finish your day with their Seafood at Sunset Cruise.

Whale Watching

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
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When it comes to soul-stirring, up close interactions with Humpback Whales, there's no place like Hervey Bay. The stunning intimacy of these gentle giants will truly take your breath away, leaving you with amazing memories and even better pictures.

Tangalooma Whale Watch Cruises

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The humpback whale is known for their long migration journeys each winter, putting on a magnificent display of breaching, tail slapping and spy hopping as they make their way to warmer waters. South-East Queensland is one of the best places to view these amazing creatures, with up to 33,000 whales expected to journey past Moreton Island this winter.

Blue Dolphin Exclusive Whale Encounter

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Be one of the few, not the many, to experience their award winning Exclusive Full Day Whale Watch (late July to October). For an up close and personal experience that you will never forget, see the magnificent humpback whale from the uncrowded deck of Blue Dolphin.

Hervey Bay Whale Watch Quick Cat II

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Quick Cat II was operated by Brian and Jill Perry for 30 years who founded the industry in 1987. The company was sold to the Peaker family in 2017. They offer half-day whale watching cruises morning and afternoon during the whale season, which runs from mid July to early November.

Pacific Whale Foundation Eco Adventures Australia

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An international NGO and world ecotourism leader, Pacific Whale Foundation has been working to save the whales since 1980. All profits from Hervey Bay cruises support Pacific Whale Foundation’s whale research in Australia.
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