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Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise

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Reward yourself with this premium whale watching tour departing Hervey Bay on-board the Freedom III. There is plenty of time to witness close encounters and stunning behaviors of the majestic humpback whales whilst in the shelter of Fraser Island. Maximum 49 passengers, includes freshly baked morning tea, tropical buffet lunch and fruit and cheese platter on the way home.  Expert commentary, friendly and caring crew make this a tour to treasure.
  • Head out to Platypus Bay for a whale watching tour
  • Learn about the humpback whale and their migration to the Antarctic
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon tea and a buffet lunch on this premium tour
  • Complimentary round-trip hotel transportation from Hervey Bay
What to Expect
Begin your day at Great Sandy Strait Marina and hop on the 58-foot catamaran to start your premium whale watching tour. Spend the day searching for humpback whales at Hervey Bay and Platypus Bay during their annual migration to the Antarctic. Listen to informative commentary about the whales and their migration while enjoying tea, coffee, and snacks throughout the day. Sightings usually include fin splashes, tail slaps, and breaches from pods of whales as well as dolphins, turtles, and seabirds. The catamaran is equipped with a hydrophone, allowing you to listen to whale noises on board. Enjoy a lunch buffet on board as you view the western beaches of Fraser Island. After a few afternoon nibbles, head back to the dock and head back to your hotel on the complimentary shuttle service.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Great Sandy Straits Marina Urangan Hervey Bay, 17 Buccaneer Dr, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Esplanade pick-ups are from the beachside opposite most motels.

Other accommodation pick-ups can be arranged.
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Live commentary on board
  • Guaranteed sightings form 1 August to 20 October or a free return tour
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews freedom iii profiteroles scones lunch and afternoon tea whale watching captain keith food was great jam and cream salad home made chicken wings cold meats day cruise whale encounters nothing is too much trouble fresh fruit comfortable boat
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Reviewed yesterday

Excellent day trip & well organised crew & a great time .The boat was great for moving around & seeing the action ,the skipper was a great & fun character ,fantastic day job :) .

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Harry S
Reviewed 2 days ago

The boat was pristine, well run & the food was delicious. It was near the end of the season but we still saw lots of whales. The captain was very informative & moved the boat closer to whales when they were sighted. The two attendants...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Debbie W
Reviewed 3 days ago

We took the six hour trip that included morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The trip was at the end of the season, however, we saw plenty of whales, mostly with calves. A really enjoyable experience. Highly recommended. Warning, cover up and use the sunscreen...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank jaybee754
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

As it was the end of the season, we half expected to not see any whales. We were wrong. We had a fabulous day, with a mum bringing her calf up to the boat, a guide whale breaching and dolphins playing in the bow waves....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Mel A
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an amazing day out full of fun and laughter. The food was fresh and delicious and they catered for dairy free which was not even asked for upon booking. They went out of their way to make us feel special in the day....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Lisa M
kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your positive review. We love sharing the special whale encounters with our guests on Freedom III. It's great to hear your children were well looked after and enjoyed the day too. See you next season.

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August 18, 2019|
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Response from Trail448397 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the information centre and we were picked up and delivered back at the end of the cruise. Room for motorhomes and caravans at the rear of the building.
Bruce K
June 17, 2019|
Response from kreid2016 | Property representative |
Pick-ups start from 8:30 to 9:10, just depending on where you are in town. The trip departs at 9:30am and returns 3:30 or later if the whales keep us entertained
January 29, 2019|
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Response from Herring67 | Reviewed this property |
I think so, we saw first calf of season 2nd week in August 2018, so you unlikely to see as much action earlier as HerveyBay is the nursery, they give birth in TFNQ & then come down to HB with their calves to fatten em up for... More
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