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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At just over an hour by catamaran from Brisbane, Tangalooma Island Resort is the most unique day trip destination from Brisbane. Whether you're looking for an action-packed day out, or something a little more relaxing, Tangalooma has something to offer everyone.

Steal My Trip

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Steal My Trip is a specialist tour company offering daytrips and private tours to overseas and domestic visitors, international students and corporate groups. Have the guesswork taken out as your guide escorts you to some of the best local spots for sightseeing along the South East Coast of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Whales By Air

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Feed wild dolphins at Tin Can Bay. Enjoy a wonderful experience hand feeding wild dolphins in daylight. They will fly you to Tin Can Bay in your own private twin engine aircraft, along the way you will be able to enjoy the spectacle of the magnificent Glasshouse Mountains in the early morning light.

Hervey Bay Dive Centre

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The Hervey Bay Dive Centre is Hervey Bay's premier marine and dive tour operator. Owned and operated by a local family with years of experience in the marine industry the centre prides itself on a personal experience, passionate and professional crew and a strong environmental approach.

Townsville Whale Watching

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Their exciting and adventurous marine biologist led whale watching tour includes picnic lunch, soft drinks, snorkelling gear, stinger suits, sun screen and spray jackets. Lunch includes rolls/wraps, cheese/biscuits, fruit/muesli bars and soft drink/water.

Whale Watching on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
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Humpback Whales can be frequently seen around Keswick Island during their annual migration through the Whitsundays between the months of July to September. Seeing the whales frolicking nearby, or guiding a newborn calf through the protected waters of Egremont Passage, is a truly magical experience.
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.

Yahoo Whale Watch Cruises

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Yahoo gets your adrenaline pumping even before you see your first whale! Yahoo offers close encounter whale watching to the extreme, just see how close you are to the waterline. With 32 passengers maximum on board this tour makes for a unique, intimate experience with friendly humpback whales.
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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.

Gold Coast Whale Adventures

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Gold Coast Whale Adventures share the opportunity to explore the Humpback Whale migration along the beautiful beachfront of the Gold Coast. See the whales with an experienced and informative crew, daily commentary and whale documentaries playing throughout your magnificent journey.
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