Hervey Bay Whale Watching – Fraser Island.
It’s that time of the year again! Whale watching season in Hervey Bay – and what better way to interact with the gentle giants of the sea than with an up close and personal experience in the Great Sandy Straits off Fraser Island. It’s known to the world as the whale capital, a title deservedly held by the Fraser Coast.
Whale numbers are increasing each year in the region – a fact that became evidently clear as we recently set afoot Hervey Bay Whale Watch & Charters, all thanks to the team at Kingfisher Bay Resort. During the second week of August and with whale activity at it’s prime, the decision to jump aboard a whale watching charter and immerse ourselves in a once in a lifetime opportunity was certainly an exciting prospect. Whale season generally runs from August through to October in Queensland, so be sure to take advantage of the three month period while you can.
The cruise with Hervey Bay Whale Watch & Charters departs the Kingfisher Bay Resort jetty at 7:30am each morning during the whale watching season (weather pending) which begins on the 1st August each year. Young whale calves are taught life’s fundamentals in the calm and protected waters of Platypus Bay – a whale sanctuary located along Fraser Islands’ west coast. The location and annual occurrence makes it the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to admire the beautiful creatures at a close distance.
If you time it correctly, Kingfisher Bay Resort offers fantastic ‘stay and play’ bundled deals to ensure you’re getting the absolute most out of your trip. Be sure to view their website for a full list of accommodation choices, dining options and adventure activities. Kingfisher Bay Resort is the premier choice for accommodation in the region, offering guests an unparalleled and immersive nature experience. Alternatively, head on over to our previous blog post, detailing the absolute must do’s while visiting or to simply research a little further. You can visit our previous post on Kingfisher Bay Resort and Fraser Island here.
The whale watching charter takes you out through sections of the Great Sandy Straight and onward, north toward Platypus Bay. From here, you’re likely to spot countless pods of whales, both large and small. If you’re a keen eye, you’ll notice the exhale from the whales on the horizon. Hervey Bay Whale Watch & Charters do a fantastic job of getting you as close to the whales as possible. Be sure to keep an eye out for specific whale behaviour such as mugging, pectoral slapping, breaching, lob tailing, spy hopping and many, many more. Whales are extremely curious creatures, so it’s not uncommon for them to display the aforementioned behaviour on your charter. Don’t forget, the whales are likely to be watching you, just as much as you’re watching them, so be sure to give them a big wave and whistle.
Hervey Bay Whale Watch & Charters run a morning tea mid way through the morning charter. If you can manage to drag yourself away from all of the action, they serve a small selection of teas, coffee, pastries and fruit for passengers. Additionally, if observing the whales at a close distance still doesn’t satisfy your soul, you might just be lucky enough to take part in a whale swim if the conditions prove favourable. Just check in with your friendly team on board or prior to beginning your charter. After a successful morning out on the water, the team will drop you right back to the jetty at Kingfisher Bay Resort just in time for a lunch at the Sandbar.
Looking for a list of other exciting ‘must do’s’ whilst staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort? We’ve compiled a comprehensive blog post here, detailing all you need to know for your next stay. We’d highly recommend sunset drinks down at the Sunset Bar. Not only will you get to witness sunset over the water, but you’ll also get to take in one of the most incredible views in the region. Couple that with a nice glass of champagne and a cheese board and you’ve got yourself the perfect end to an already magical day.
Up for a bit of adventure? Fancy exploring the hidden gems of Fraser Island on foot? We’d absolutely recommend hiking in to Lake McKenzie. Warning: The hike is 20km return, so it’s certainly a challenge, however the track is well maintained, easy to follow and provides some killer views at the end. Don’t forget to log your walk with reception prior to hiking!
Undoubtedly, this time of year is always exciting for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. If you’ve not yet witnessed the magical experience of whale watching, I’d highly recommend ensuring you look into it for the upcoming season. Not only is it an affordable day out as a group or family, you’ll be making special memories and learning a thing or two as well.
For more information, head over to Kingfisher Bay Resort’s website for the best accommodation deals and seasonal whale watching experiences.
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