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Spirit of Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise

  • 4-hour or 5.5-hour whale watching tour from Hervey Bay
  • Look for humpback whales and other marine life including dolphins and turtles
  • Cruise past the lovely beaches of Fraser Island
Spirit of Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise
From US$73.84
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Morning Whale Watch CruiseMost Popular
4.5 Hour Whale watch Cruise, departing 8.30am, returning 1.00pm. Includes morning tea.
Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise
4 Hour whale watch cruise, departing 1.30pm, returning 5.30pm. Includes afternoon tea.
Go whale-watching from Hervey Bay on your choice of a 4-hour or 5.5-hour cruise. Ride the sheltered waters of Platypus Bay in a stable catamaran that offers superior comfort and clear views of the whales. You are likely to also see dolphins, turtles and seabirds, and perhaps even a dingo on the sandy beach at Fraser Island. The tour includes complimentary morning or afternoon tea, and the longer tour includes lunch and tea.
What to Expect

Make your way to the departure dock at Hervey Bay to board the catamaran for your 4-hour or 5.5-hour cruise.

Head out into the calm waters of Platypus Bay and take in the lovely scenery of Fraser Island’s white-sand beaches. Continue to the sites where the whales are most often spotted during their annual migration along Australia's coast. When you encounter the whales, you might witness spectacular breaches, curious spy hops and loud tail slaps as the whales play and feed.

Your boat is equipped with six levels of spacious viewing decks, underwater viewing rooms that allow you to catch the action below the waterline, a waterline viewing platform, and a hydrophone that captures the sound of the whale vocalizations. Learn about whale behavior and other fascinating facts from the informative guide. You can also nibble on morning or afternoon tea, and fuel up with the lunch that is provided on the longer tour.

When your boat returns to the dock at the end of your tour, receive a complimentary souvenir DVD to take home.

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Reviewed yesterday
Amazing trip, excellent staff

My cruise with my family was amazing, I saw so many whales. The commentary of the captain was very knowledgeable and the helpfulness of the staff made the trip even better than I expected. I would definitely go again with Spirit of Hervey Bay.

Thank Mel B
Reviewed 2 days ago
the best

plenty whales, excellent crew . No crowded boat , smart viewing system on the boat , where everyone had a good chance to enjoy the experience. well done

Thank shahrokh46
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing day Whale Watching

Locals to Hervey Bay we go whale watching every year (sometimes twice) & have always gone on The Spirit of Hervey Bay. We try to go at different times in the season to get a different experience & it is always so fantastic. Started the...More

Thank Sue L
spiritofherveybay, Manager at Spirit of Hervey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks Sue. Yes very good advice to take a jacket or jersey. You definitely want to be outside enjoying the wonderful views of Fraser Island and the Hervey Bay area, on your way out and back.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Wow, wow, wow!

Amazing. 3rd time we’ve tried to see whales (San Francisco and Iceland previously) and only managed a glimpse. This time we were treated to about 2 hours of full on action with a couple of pods playing around and under the boat. The water was...More

2  Thank Leigh R
spiritofherveybay, Manager at Spirit of Hervey Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sounds like you got all of the action. 3rd time lucky! We keep saying Hervey Bay is the best place IN THE WORLD to see the whales. Great photos.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great day on the water

We had a great day with the whale watch crew from the Spirit of Hervey Bay. The boat is fantastic and whales were wonderful.

Thank Matt J
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