Hervey Bay is the epicentre of the Humpback Whales annual migration along the east coast of Australia. The whales visit the bay from July to October to bask in the sheltered waters of Platypus Bay between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island making Hervey Bay whale watching the most engaging whale watching experience in Australia.

Key facts

  • Whale season runs from the end of July to the end October
  • The whales are calm and inquisitive in Hervey Bay
  • The whales are not in transit, they have stopped in Hervey Bay to relax before return south to Antarctica

What makes Hervey Bay unique in terms of whale watching is that the whales are not just passing through, they stop in the bay to relax, frolic and educate their calves.

Its common for the whales to entertain cruises with acrobatics and tail slapping. Whilst licensing for whale boats require captains not to approach closer than 300m the whales do not know the rules often approaching much closer to the M.V. Amaroo Hervey Bay for a closer inspection.

Humpback Whales

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The majestic Humpback is the most common and entertaining of the whale species that visit Hervey Bay. They spend their winter here from July to November.

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Southern Right Whales

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The Southern Right has recently started returning to the waters between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island as their population recovers from Antarctic whaling.

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Melonhead & False Killer Whales

Melonhead and False Killer Whales are really large dolphins sharing similar physical characteristics and social behaviours. Melonhead's in particular can often be mistaken for a large dolphin.

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