5. Hervey Bay: Whale-Watching Cruise with Transfer
Enjoy the skipper's safety briefing and introduction to the vessel before departing. After leaving the marina, you will pass by several interesting landmarks and learn about their history from the skipper's commentary.
As you near Fraser Island, while enjoying profiteroles and scones for morning tea, you will learn all about the geography of the Great Sandy Straits and start looking out for whales, dolphins, dugong, and other marine life. The beaches of Fraser Island are pristine and quite untouched and a pleasure to cruise along.
The Humpback Whales call into the Bay on their southern migration and, at the beginning of the season, mainly young whales who are inquisitive and playful can be seen. Close encounters are a regular occurrence. As the season progresses mothers and calves, sometimes with a male escort or another female enter the bay to rest and grow. Calves are playful but they also need rest time and mum's can be protective and keep them away from the boats. Towards the end of the season, larger groups of males often compete for mating rights as the females become ready for some fun. These groups are often rough and charging, making noises, and it's very exciting.
A delicious plated lunch is served either alongside Fraser Island or while watching whales in the protected waters. Enjoy cold meats, hot chicken wings, 3 salads, and a bread roll. Tea, coffee, and filtered water are available all day. Other drinks can be purchased over the bar.
On the return journey, fruit and cheese platters are served for your enjoyment during the leisurely cruise along the island and across the straight back to the marina.