Whale Watching Hervey Bay | Half Day Cruise | QC

Tour Code: 727

Departing: Hervey Bay

Pickup: Hervey Bay

Unique Whale Watching Tour
  • Purpose built vessel for ultimate Whale Watching - 5 viewing decks on 3 levels for unobstructed viewing.
  • Family Friendly - Easy Wheelchair and pram access all around main deck with no obstructions for close viewing of whales
  • Spotter aircraft - the only company which owns a spotter aircraft.
  • Experience the sound of the whales singing underwater with the onboard hydrophones - you may also hear prawns clicking along the ocean bed.
  • Expert knowledge and personal service with Australia's longest established whale watch company.  
  • Swim with the Whales Option - a true experience of a life time! Subject to conditions on the day, the option to swim with these majestic creatures may be available. Additional fee of $100 payable onboard applies.

Included In Price

  • Courtesy pick up & return from accommodation
  • Morning / Afternoon Tea
  • Informative commentary with local knowledge and history
  • Hydrophone equipped to listen to whales singing
  • Fully licensed

Book a whale watching tour with one of Australia's most popular half day whale watching cruises from Hervey Bay which also has the unique optional Swim with the Whales opportunity.

Whale watching tours from Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia.

Experience the beauty of the majestic humpback whales as they frolic in the warm waters off Hervey Bay with Australia's most experienced whale watch crew with over 30 years experience. 

Enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon cruise onboard the purpose built vessel with five viewing decks over three levels ensuring uncrowded and unobstructed viewing while whale watching around Hervey Bay on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Learn more about these majestic creatures from the informative commentary from the boats whale watching crew as well as being able to listen to the unique underwater songs of the whales with the onboard marine hydrophone. 

As you witness these magnificent humpback whales play ensure to have your camera ready to capture your memorable day.  

Purpose Built Whale Watching Boat

Built for whale watching your half day cruise offers the best opportunities for capturing the pefect photo while whale watching.  

The vessel features a very large upper deck which can be accessed from either stairs from the fore deck between the amphi-theater seating or from the rear deck near the full size wheelchair accessible toilets.

With the emphasis again on passenger safety and comfort the upper deck gives a 360 degrees view with both the upper and lower rear deck offering large curved balconies that have passengers out over the water for a birds eye view of the humpback whales at play in the water.

With the use of ramps running from the main deck to the fore deck allows both able-bodied and disabled passengers freedom to move right round the main decks. The fore deck also offers two large bow spits, that conditions permitting, allow passengers to view dolphins riding the bow waves.

Onboard Facilities

During your half day Hervey Bay whale watching tour the friendly crew will provide complimentary tea, coffee and morning/afternoon tea.  Additional drinks and snacks are also available for purchase with a fully licensed kiosk.  Passengers can purchase souvenirs, film, sandwiches, hot pies, hot dogs, ice creams, drinks etc.

Families are welcomed onboard with every child on board receives an "Official Guide to Hervey Bay Whale Watch".

Swim With The Humpback Whales

For the ultimate up close and personal experience with the humpback whales, ensure to bring your swimmers and towel!  Please note swimming with the whales are subject to conditions on the day and can not be guaranteed.  An additional $100 is payable onboard and will be refunded if your whale swim is unsuccesful. 

We are the only company which owns a spotter aircraft. While years ago it was essential that the eye in the sky was out there, these days the air craft is used more as a security measure being used daily at the start and end of the season and on days when spotting from the vessels may be a little harder than normal.

Seats are available for purchase to experience the feeling that Brian had when he flew the first day that the whale watching industry was born in Hervey Bay.

Half Day Whale Watching Cruise - Hervey Bay

Your day of whale watching starts with complimentary transfers from your Hervey Bay accommodation with a friendly crew member.  Alternatively please ensure you check in at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time at the floating oaffice at the Great Sandy Straits Marina.  

Departing at 7am (August-October), 8am (July) or 1pm on the afternoon cruise you can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee, a light breakfast and morning tea (morning cruise) or afternoon tea (afternoon cruise) as you take in the stunning views of Hervey Bay's calm waters, Fraser Island and the majestic Humpback Whales of course!

During your half day whale watching tour the experienced crew with share their wealth of knowlege with informative commentary on whales, and the history of Hervey Bay whale industry. 

Feel free to ask questions thoughout the cruise as you gain further appreciation of these amazing creatures.  

Ensure to have your camera ready for the perfect shot as you view the humpback whales breach, or perhaps capture the perfect shot of a pec or tail slap! 

With 5 viewing decks over 3 levels you'll be sure have uncrowded and unobstructed viewing during your half day whale watching cruise.

Get up close and personal with the amazing humpback whales as they play in the warm waters of Hervey Bay with an optional swim with whales experience!  Should the conditions be right during the cruise, you may be able to swim with the whales - ensure to bring your swimmers and towel for a once in a life time experience. 

Additional $100 fee payable onboard. Please note swimming with the whales can not be guaranteed. 

On your return to Hervey Bay enjoy a refreshment from the licensed kiosk as you soak up the views and reflect on your experience of a lifetime!

Morning Cruise Departure: 8am (July) or 7am Departure (August - October) Returns 12:30

Afternoon Cruise Departure: 1pm Returns 5pm

See more whale watching tours on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Hervey Bay

Departure Time
  • Morning Cruise: (July) Departs 8am and returns at 12:30pm
  • Morning Cruise (August onwards) Departs 7am and returns at 12:30pm. Please note from August onwards the morning cruise travels via Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Is).
  • Afternoon Cruise: Departs 1pm and returns at 5pm
Departure Instructions
  • Departs/returns: Great Sandy Straits Marina
  • Please ensure you check in to the floating office (beside the boat) at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time.
Pickup Locations

Hervey Bay


Hervey Bay

Months of Operation

July - November

Days of Operation


Whale watching is seasonal: late July to early November.


Half Day approx 4 hours

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional Swim with Whales (Weather permitting and conditions apply)
Fitness Level Required

Low, Disabled

Additional Information

Swim with the Whales - ensure to bring swimmers and towel in case the opportunity to swim with the whales becomes available. Additional $100 fee payable onboard. Subject to conditions on the day, swim can not be guaranteed.

Eco Certifications
Certified Tourism
  • Camera (charged batteries)
  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Re-fillable Water bottle
  • Cash/card for purchases

Children Welcome: Every child on board receives an "Official Guide to Hervey Bay Whale Watch".

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

  • In the event that no whales are spotted (which is extremely rare), you will receive a return ticket to come again at a future date.
  • Tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date.

Whale Watching Hervey Bay | Half Day Cruise | QC

Tour Code: 727

Departing: Hervey Bay

Pickup: Hervey Bay

Unique Whale Watching Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$60.00
Family: au$290.00

Tour Code: 727



15 yrs & over

4 - 14 yrs

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(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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