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Freedom Whale Watch

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Address: Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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Freedom III is a comfortable 58ft power catamaran which operates ¾ day...

Freedom III is a comfortable 58ft power catamaran which operates ¾ day whale watch cruises from the Great Sandy Straits Marina in Urangan Harbour. Departing at 9:30 and returning after 3:30pm allows you plenty of time with the awe-inspiring humpback whales in Platypus Bay. The cruise along pristine Fraser Island’s western beaches can offer sightings of dingoes, schooling fish and numerous sea birds. Expert commentary by our knowledgeable skipper will keep you entertained as well as DVD’s on the plasma TV. Colouring activities and soft toys will keep the children amused and if they are tired we have 3 double beds. Home-baked morning tea, tropical buffet lunch as well as fruit and cheese platters for the return trip are all included as well as tea, coffee, water and soft drinks all day. With maximum passenger numbers of 45 and three levels of viewing your whale watch experience will be memorable, informative and uncrowded.

Outside of whale season Freedom III is available for offshore fishing charters for up to 10 guests. These trips are usually for 3 days and 3 nights and fish the abundant waters off Fraser Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Get a group together for some great fishing action.

The month of November is great for sportsfishing in Hervey Bay with the migrating juvenile black marlin visiting these waters. We work in Conjunction with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing to provide Mothershipping for his groups of guests.

Freedom III can also be hired for private day charters or overnight trips on the Great Sandy Strait. Your choice of activities: fishing, boom-netting, swimming, sight-seeing and cruising the sheltered waterways between Fraser Island and the Mainland.

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If you are in Queensland and are a nature lover, this one's for you. It's an exciting, up close, once in a lifetime experience.

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Siesta Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in Queensland and are a nature lover, this one's for you. It's an exciting, up close, once in a lifetime experience.

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are looking forward to the 2017 whale watch season which starts mid July in Hervey Bay. Freedom III has had repaint outside so she is like a brand new boat! More 

Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

If you are in Hervey Bay and want to go whale watching i strongly recommend Freedom 3 whale watching experience, these guy's really do go the extra mile, they put on an Amazing morning tea , lunch and afternoon tea, overall a fantastic whale watching experience.

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Many thanks Micheal for your wonderful review. Hopefully you will be able to join us again for the 2017 whale watch season. Freedom III will look amazing with her repaint and some modifications outside. More 

Sydney, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2017

I have been Four times with Freedom and seen Whales every time. It is better to spend the day not a short trip to see whales. The food is excellent, tea, coffee and water all day free.

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Wonderful to hear you are a regular Freedom III passenger. We love welcoming back our whale lovers. You will notice some changes to Freedom this year after 2 months out of the water getting painted and some more passenger comfort additions. Hope to see you after July 15 2017. Return guests can get a discount when you ring direct. More 

Northumberland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

We have whale-watched in a lot of different venues, in a lot of countries, at different times of the year and from different types of boats...Freedom111 Whale Watching is the most comfortable platform we have ever used!...and there to be used by all...we were made to feel very welcome on board...the skipper was not 'precious' about the boat in that... More 

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for you amazing review Chris. It is very rewarding to know we are doing all those things correctly. The whales are so amazing in Hervey Bay and the seas are usually calm so its an enjoyable experience all round. We greatly appreciate you review and hope to welcome you onboard Freedom III again in the future. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We decided to go for the full day whale watching trip, a little more expensive but worth every cent. The Captain and crew know there stuff, where to go and how to look after their passengers. The lunch and morning and afternoon teas were fantastic and we had many sightings of whales, but still kept a safe distance. This was... More 

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

It's great to hear you had a magnificent day out on the water onboard Freedom III. THanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We hope you can join us again in the future and check out the new paint job and some modifications. Still the same friendly service and food! More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The crew of this charter vessel are the most hospitable, welcoming and friendly team you will ever come across. They are hard working and their mission is to ensure their guests depart with an ever lasting memory!

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SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for your very postive review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your outing on Hervey Bay with us. We hope to welcome you aboard Freedom III again very soon. More 

Hervey Bay, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 November 2016

The crew on Freedom are the best hosts you could ask for. The skipper (a chief) and his wife have managed many successful restaurants in the bay and have brought their skills to the Freedom whale watch charter. They only do one trip per day so there is no mad rush to get people on and off the boat. A... More 

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for your very positive review. We love to show our guests the friendly humpbacks which visit Hervey Bay between July and late October. Freedom III has had an extensive paint job and some other refurbishments so hopefully you can join us again this season and check her out. More 

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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Experiencing the whales was an awesome experience. The skipper (Keith) and staff were excellent and very knowledgeable. Stayed on board for lunch while whales swimming around boat. Fantastic

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to review us and hope to welcome you onbards again in the future. July 15 is our start date for the 2017 Whale watch season. Early bird and return passengers can get a discount when booking direct. More 

Camborne, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We took this trip as it had come highly recommended and we were not disappointed ! The food was good,crew very helpful informative and friendly,nothing was too much trouble !! The trip continued for two hours after the time we were due back, as two very entertaining whales appeared and put on a great show for the passengers and crew... More 

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Many thanks Julia for your lovely review. Keith is very good at coming home late but only so you can have the best whale experiences possible on the day. Hopefully you can join us again in the future. More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Great day out, food good (profiteroles delicious). The skipper and crew really nice, all very relaxed and can go any where on boat but best of all was seeing the whales. Cannot wait until next year and will do it again.

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kreid2016, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review

Great to hear you will join us again in 2017 Robyn. Ring Sue direct to save as a return guest. You will see some exciting changes to the boat. Our kick off date is July 15. See you soon. More 

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