Have an exotic vacation whale watching !
Just three and a half hours driving from
Brisbane is the City of Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser island and known as the Whale Watching Capital of
the World and, it's not just because of the numbers of whales. It's also because of the calm,
safe waters protected by Fraser Island . Migrating south to the Antarctic in August, September and
October, more than 1,500 Humpback whales visit Hervey Bay and stay in the sheltered lee of Fraser Island from
two days to two weeks.
In Hervey Bay you can see the whales close up. During this time, there are
daily whale watching cruises to get you out among the whales very quickly and the cruises provide commentary
on the whales behaviour. In fact, the whales sometimes come up close to the boats. It is an amazing experience
to watch whales leap out of the ocean and to lift their great heads to watch the whale watchers watching
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After entering the area, the whales stop their migration style swimming and
relax with the females concentrating on feeding and preparing their young calves for the 5,000Km journey. The other
adults often chase each other at high speed, tail slapping, head lunging and magnificent breaching. These are the
usual behaviour patterns of the Humpback whales, the most acrobatic of all the big whales.
One of the most amazing developments since the commencement of commercial whale watching in Hervey Bay is
Humpbacks "socialising" with the vessels, swimming around and around for a closer look at the whale watchers
on board. They may approach a vessel with incredible gentleness to check us out, sometimes staying for up to
While whale watching you should also note that these waters are also rich with
dolphins and turtles which you will also enjoy watching during your cruise and tour.
To go whale watching is the experience of a lifetime. It's unique and a
great way to spend that exotic vacation.A fleet of vessels, which operate out of Hervey Bay Boat Harbour, offer
half day, three-quarter-day, full day and dawn tours.
For further information on whale watching during your exotic
vacation, including a whale watching guide and, information on operators offering whale watching tours, we suggest
you visit: Fraser Coast
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Have an exotic vacation watching whales