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Whale Watching Hervey Bay- How to Make the Most of your Whale Watching Experience

Planning a trip to Hervey Bay? Whale watching is one experience which is something you shouldn’t be missing. Every year thousands of tourists flock to Hervey bay to watch these majestic creatures make the journey from one place to another. If you plan on whale watching at Hervey bay, make sure to keep the following things in mind to make the most of your whale watching experience.

Booking your trip

Whale watching is popular at Hervey bay. During peak tourist season if you don’t book in advance you might have to face problems. However, before you make a booking, make sure you do so with a reputable company. If you plan to take children along, make sure you avail discounts which might be on offer. Otherwise whale watching can be pretty expensive. There are some special packages for those who plan to whale watch in Hervey Bay with the family.

Keep the weather in mind

Though whale watching is never done during stormy weather, you may still need to check out the weather forecast for the day. This is especially important for people who suffer from motion sickness. If you do, you are better off planning the trip for another day.

Research for sightings

Sighting for hales are not always guaranteed. However, if you research on the net you may be able to find areas where there have been recent sightings. If you plan to see whales your chances of sightings a few are within that place are more.

Pack your stuff wisely

Whale watching can be for a long duration. You may need to dress in layers. It’s because the weather at the sea can keep changing. It may have started off as a sunny afternoon might turn into a chilly evening. Also keep in mind that mild showers can make the temperatures go down as well.

Similarly make sure you pack in motion sickness medicine. Even if you don’t normally suffer from it, it’s always best to be prepared. Pack your sun glasses to protect your eyes and load up on the sun screen as well. You don’t want to get sunburned and spoil your holiday.

Also don’t forget to get your cameras. If you spot a whale you don’t possibly want to miss out on taking a few pictures to save as precious memories. Just make sure that you don’t get too excited in taking picture and forget about keeping your distance.

Some other things to keep in mind

  • Make sure you reach on time. You don’t want to end up all flustered when you are late with people waiting for you. It can be embarrassing and you may mi out on getting good spots too.
  • Keep yourself open to all kinds of experience. You may not get to see a great many whales but if you do spot a few, consider yourself lucky. Whales are wild creatures and their behavior is unpredictable.
  • Just don’t focus on watching the whales. Instead consider enjoying your day out breathing the fresh ocean air and watching other sea creatures as well.

For the best whale watching experience in Hervey bay, make sure you contact Whalesong.

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Whale Watching Fraser Island

Fraser Island lies off the coast of Hervey Bay, south of the Great Barrier Reef’s last coral cay, on the Queensland coast. It’s pretty big. In 1992, World Heritage listed it as the largest sand island in the world.


Fraser Island’s history is fascinating. The “Butchullas” are its indigenous people. No one knows how long the Butchullas lived on the island. Some evidence indicates around 5,500 years and some up to 20,000 years.

In the late eighteenth century, British Captain James Cook (not the pirate) first sighted the island. Eventually, the Europeans colonized the area. They did not, however, properly respect the natives who treated the island with the appropriate dignity and honor.

In the early nineteenth century, Captain James Fraser’s ship was wrecked near the island and the Butchullas captured him, his wife, and the others aboard. Captain Fraser ultimately died, but his wife escaped and acquired great attention. Such is how the island got its current name.

Fraser Island Today

There were a series of campaigns and court decisions regarding the island. In 2014, the Butchulla people were granted Native Title rights. And, in early 2017, the island’s national park was renamed K'gari. It’s what the Butchulla people always called the island and the decision was important to them. K'gari is a spirit princess. After she helped create the island, she fell in love with it, and then lied down for eternity.

The park’s welcome sign includes the three laws of the Butchulla people: “what is good for the country comes first; if you have plenty, you must share, and if it's not yours, you shall not take.”

Fraser Island’s World Heritage listing protects it and ranks it along with other precious Australian areas as natural and cultural. Everyone can come and enjoy its amazing freshwater streams, colorful sands, and stunning rainforest, particularly those who love adventure and exploration. And, especially those who love to watch whales.

Whale Watching in Fraser Island

Every year, thousands of humpback whales swim from Antarctica to Australia to give birth in Northern Queensland’s warm waters. Along the way, they pause to play, rest and feed their newborn calves in the Hervey Bay’s protected waters. Experts believe that the females are also preparing their calves for the 5,000 km journey back to Antarctica. The rest in the calm shallow waters also gives the calves time and shelter to grow strong and the mothers a chance to teach them how to survive. This has been happening for so long, Hervey Bay is now recognized as the Whale Watching Capital of the World.

It’s amazing - that’s putting it mildly really - to see the enormous, yet gentle creatures, so close up. The whales, which Australians call “friendlies,” often lift up their heads to watch those watching them and wave with their flippers, as if to say hello, and then roll, dive, and leap up and out of the ocean. You can see as many as forty at one time. ‘It’s a thrilling, spiritual experience that words really cannot justify.

Fraser Island offers a host of boat tours and packages, which can be taken at various times of the day. Some tours offer pick-up and drop-off services, some offer snacks and meals, and some offer screens for live viewing, for when the days are too cold to stand outside. The season runs roughly from Mid-July through the end of October. And, most actually guarantee that you’ll actually see whales like