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Whale Watching Tours in A Wheelchair – Tips & Hints

admin on May 13th, 2023

Whale Watching Tours in A Wheelchair – Tips & Hints

Whale watching tours from Hervey Bay are the most popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike. However, for individuals who use a wheelchair, it can be challenging to find a whale watching tour that is accessible for them to move about and enjoy the day on a boat. In this blog, we will provide in-depth information about wheelchair accessibility on our whale watching tours in Hervey Bay, including times to board the boats, the number of people on the boats, food and drink options, and the length of the whale watching tour.

First and foremost, it is important to note that not all whale watching tours in Hervey Bay are accessible for individuals who use a wheelchair. However, there are a few tours that do cater to those with mobility impairments. Just two of these tours that do cater are this half day premium cruise and this half day cruise that also offers the opportunity to swim with the whales. These two Hervey Bay Whale Watch tour operators offer fully accessible vessels that have been designed specifically for wheelchair users.

Each one of these Whale Watch Tours offers two tours per day during the whale watching season, which runs from July to early October. The first tour departs around 8:00 am and the second tour departs around 2:00 pm. It is recommended that wheelchair users arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to allow for enough time to board the vessel and get to know your way around before other passengers are boarded. The afternoon tours provide the bonus of a sunset cruise back to the harbour.

These boats can accommodate several wheelchair users on each tour, and we recommend booking in advance to ensure plenty of space and availability. These boats also have ample space for other passengers and their belongings, such as strollers and prams so wheelchair users can enjoy the tour alongside other guests.

In terms of food and drink options, the Whale Watch boats offer complimentary tea, coffee, and water on board. However, if you have any specific dietary requirements or preferences, it is recommended that you bring your own snacks and drinks.

The tours last for approximately 4 to 5 hours dependent if you go on a morning tour or an afternoon sunset tour.  Each one provides you with the opportunity to see humpback whales up close in their natural habitat. These vessels can be equipped with wheelchair ramps and lifts, and the crew are trained to assist wheelchair users in boarding and disembarking.

Have a look at these wheelchair accessible Whale Watching cruises here:

In conclusion, if you are a wheelchair user looking to experience the thrill of whale watching in Hervey Bay, it is important to do your research and read the website online brochures for the perfect tour that caters to your specific needs and if you still require assistance just call the Barrier Reef Australia team.

Remember to book in advance, arrive early, and bring any necessary snacks and drinks to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Should you need any further information on whale watching tours in Hervey Bay look at our blogs on all the things you need to know before you go whale watching.


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