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.
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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.

Boat Club Adventure Cruises

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Adventure Cruises' purpose built vessel is a large, fast, comfortable and 20 metre InCat designed alloy catamaran. Extremely stable and spacious with three different viewing decks means you are assured of an unobstructed, 360 degree view of all marine life allowing you to enjoy your day watching the Whales and Dolphins.
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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.

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.

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.

Whalesong Cruises Hervey Bay

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The guaranteed, experience of a lifetime, aboard Whalesong is only available to a lucky few, for a limited time each year. Whalesong Cruises is a locally owned family operated business, specialising in Humpback whale and dolphin close encounters from their luxurious, purpose-built vessel.

Sunshine Coast Afloat

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Enjoy exploring the ocean and canal systems of Mooloolaba on the 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, Guided Kayak Estuary Fishing Tours and intimate cruises for two.
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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.

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.
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