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.

Heading north? You just never know where you might see these majestic mammals as they make a splash along the Great Barrier Reef coastline!

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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Sunshine Coast Afloat

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Enjoy exploring the ocean and canal systems of Mooloolaba on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, only one hour north of Brisbane. Sunshine Coast Afloat offers a wide variety of water based activities ranging from Deep Sea Fishing and Crabbing Charters, Whale Watching, Cruises, Seafood Cruises, Kayak Tours and intimate cruises for two.

Freedom Fast Cats

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Freedom Fast Cats takes you through the spectacular Keppel Bay Islands; located at Southern Great Barrier Reef near the Tropic of Capricorn, and boasting some of the most pristine beaches, and unspoilt habitats the reef has to offer.

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.

Freedom Whale Watch and Dive Charters

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Freedom III is a 17 metre Power Cat perfectly suited to luxury whale watching in Hervey Bay Queensland. Three levels of uninterrupted viewing plus a water level platform gets you as close to the whales as possible making this an ideal Whale Watch Vessel.

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.

Sunreef Mooloolaba

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Sunreef Mooloolaba is the largest dive centre in South East Queensland. Sunreef Mooloolaba offers Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales experience, from July to October each year, premiere whale watching aboard the iconic Whale One from June to November as well as local reef dives, snorkelling trips and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane as well as a wide variety of hire gear from jetskis and stand up paddle boards, to bicycles, kayaks, small boats and fishing gear.

Divers Den

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For visitors to Tropical North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is top of the must-do list. With 3000 reefs, all teeming with life, it's little wonder people from all over the world travel to experience this amazing natural wonder.

Lady Musgrave Experience

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Lady Musgrave Experience is your premium day tour to Lady Musgrave Island! Experience the jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef from the closest accessible departure point being only a four hour drive north of Brisbane or a 45 minute flight.

Whalesong Cruises - Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

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Hervey Bay’s premium mid-sized whale watching and cruise boat, with a strong focus on ecological practices, sustainability, education and fun. The guaranteed experience of a lifetime, aboard Whalesong is only available to a lucky few, for a limited time each year.

Tasman Venture Whale Watching Hervey Bay

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Experience the trip of a lifetime aboard the luxurious and fast 20 metre catamaran, Tasman Venture. Let the humpback whales amaze you with their close encounters, magical songs through the hydrophone, spectacular breaching and see them swim through the underwater viewing windows.
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