Best Time To Go Whale Watching Hervey Bay

admin on April 24th, 2023

Best Time To Go Whale Watching Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay, located on the Fraser Coast of sunny Queensland, Australia, is renowned for the length of its incredible whale watching season. Every year, from late July to early November, these magnificent creatures make their journey from Antarctica to the warmer waters of Hervey Bay, providing an unforgettable experience for those lucky enough to witness their beauty up close on a whale watching tour boat.

Best Whale Watching Months in Hervey Bay

If you're planning a trip to Hervey Bay and want to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants, it's important to know when the best time to go is. Whale watching season in Hervey Bay starts in late July and runs through early November, with August and September being the peak months. During this time, the whales come to the calm and protected waters of Hervey Bay to rest, play and calve before they continue northwards or begin their long journey back to the icy waters of Antarctica for the krill season.

Season Begins: Late July to November   Peak: August to September

Some whales will just call into Hervey Bay for a few days and then continue north to the farther regions of the Great Barrier Reef. The Agincourt Ribbon Reefs off Port Douglas and Cairns are well known calving areas for the humpback whales as they can be more protected from predators among the coral formations when calving and teaching their young one’s the ways of the ocean.

If you are staying in Cairns or Port Douglas, you can book a whale watching day tour or a swim with whales extended dive trip to have a close up encounter with the mighty inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales.

Migaloo The White Albino Whale

Migaloo, the white albino whale is the most famous of all humpback whales that makes the annual migration along the east coast of Australia annually. Although he was last spotted in June 2020, experts urged whale watchers to not lose hope as it’s a big ocean out there. Migaloo has been seen in Australian waters and the waters of New Zealand so he could be just about anywhere right now.

Since the first sighting in 1991 and the 30 years of his life there have been big gaps on non-sightings of this unique whale.  

Early Sightings of Humpback Whale Migration to Hervey Bay

Sightings of singular or small groups of humpback whales are normally seen cruising along the coast around the end of April and researchers say these are the adolescent juveniles making their way northward before the all-knowing older humpback whales. These juveniles are the ones that seem to be more inquisitive with the boat visitors and they are the ones that seem to be breaching the most and putting on spectacular displays as they instinctively migrate northwards to the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Book Early For Hervey Bay Whale Watching Tours

When it comes to whale watching tours, it's important to book online early to ensure you don't miss out. Tours can book up quickly, especially during the peak months, so it's best to plan ahead and make a reservation in advance. Most tours offer a range of options, including half-day and full-day trips, with experienced guides and captains who will take you to the best locations for optimal whale watching.

One of the most unique aspects of Hervey Bay's whale watching season is the opportunity to witness the whales engaging in their famous "mugging" behaviour. This involves the whales approaching the boats and circling them, allowing for an up-close and personal encounter with these gentle giants.

Aside from the whales, Hervey Bay also offers stunning scenery and a range of other activities to enjoy, making it the perfect destination for a memorable holiday. From exploring the nearby K'gari (Fraser Island) and exploring it on some day tours and extended overnight tours to relaxing on the pristine beaches, there's something for everyone to join in on from Hervey Bay.

Drive time to Hervey Bay from:

  • Bundaberg: 1 hour, 20 mins (109.5km) via Goodwood Road and Bruce Hwy/A1
  • Sunshine Coast: 2 hours, 23 mins (199.8km) via M1 and Bruce Hwy/A1
  • Brisbane: 3 hours, 32 mins (289.5km) via M1 and Bruce Hwy/A1
  • Gold Coast: 4 hours, 19 mins (367.5km) via M1 and Bruce Hwy/A1

If you're looking for an unforgettable personal experience for you or your family in Hervey Bay, whale watching season is the perfect time to visit this sub-tropical haven.

Read this helpful article on what to expect on your whale watching tour in Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.

And this one here on the ten tips to prepare for your whale watching tour in Hervey Bay. 

From late July to early November, these magnificent creatures grace the waters of Hervey Bay, providing an awe-inspiring sight for all who witness it. Be sure to book your whale watching tour in advance with the team at Barrier Reef Australia and get ready for a whale of a time.


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