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Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise

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Urangan, Australia
Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise
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icon6 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy a premium half-day whale-watching tour from Hervey Bay that visits Platypus Bay, a prime location for whale watching near Fraser Island. Have plenty of time to witness the majestic humpback whales at play as they pass the Australian continent during their annual migration to the Antarctic. Your tour includes morning tea, a tropical buffet lunch, and an afternoon tea with a fruit and cheese platter. Learn about the whales and the marine environment from your crew's informative commentary during the tour.
  • Look for whales in Platypus Bay, a sheltered area near Fraser Island
  • Learn about whale behavior from the expert guide
  • Enjoy a generous morning and afternoon tea, and buffet lunch
  • Includes complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off in Hervey Bay
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Morning and Afternoon tea
Lunch
Coffee and/or Tea
Live commentary on board
Guaranteed sightings from 20 July to 15 October or a free return tour
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Great Sandy Straits Marina Urangan Hervey Bay , 17 Buccaneer Dr, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Berth A4, is down the ramp opposite the terminal building, near Cafe Balaena. The car park for the Great Sandy Straits Marina is between the Mantra and Breakfree Resorts.

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This activity will end right where it started.Esplanade pick-ups are from the beachside opposite most motels. Urraween Pickups are at 8:30 Pt Vernon pickups are at 8:40 Pialba pickups are at 8:45 Scarness pickups are at 8:50 Torquay pickups are at 9am Shelly Beach pickups are at 9:05 Urangan Pickups are at 9:10 Other accommodation pick-ups can be arranged.
Start your day with hotel pickup or make your own way to the boat dock at Great Sandy Strait Marina. Step aboard your stable and comfortable vessel: a 58-foot (18-meter) power catamaran that carries a maximum of 49 passengers.

Your boat glides out of Hervey Bay to the Great Sandy Marine Park, which is renowned as a playground for humpback whales during their annual migration to the Antarctic. Along the way, enjoy a delicious morning tea that consists of hot scones, jam and cream, and mouth-watering profiteroles. Complimentary tea, coffee, and filtered water is available throughout the day.

Look for whales as your boat approaches Platypus Bay, which is located between Fraser Island and the mainland. Your skipper provides informative commentary about the whales as you watch for fin splashes, tail slaps and impressive breaches where the whale rises up out of the water. Sightings usually include several pods of whales along with dolphins, turtles, and sea birds.

Your boat is equipped with a hydrophone that permits you to hear whale vocalizations if you're lucky. You also get panoramic views of the western beaches on Fraser Island while you tuck into a lunch buffet onboard the catamaran.

During the return journey, nibble an afternoon tea with a platter of fresh fruit and cheese. Upon return to the dock, your can hop on board the complimentary shuttle to return to your hotel, or simply make your own way to your next destination after a fantastic day of whale watching.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • We can arrange pet sitting if required.
  • Due to COVID-19 we will not allow unwell passengers aboard
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 46 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Freedom Whale Watch
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Three-Quarter Day Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise.

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star-5
Fabulous day
glendageloven
, Aug 2022
Keith and crew were wonderful, the boat was great, plenty of whales to see just a wonderful day. Keith very knowledgeable and clever at enticing the whales close enough for great sightings very exciting
star-5
Whale watching
Karen_T
, Aug 2022
We were lucky enough to have a pod of 4 whales performing for 2 hours around the boat.. incredible experience!
star-5
Great day on the water....
warren_c
, Aug 2022
Great day on the water. Lots of whales were seen. Cruise staff were fantastic. The caption was very funny. Food supplied was high quality, but simple.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We are pleased you enjoyed the day on the water with our friendly Humpback Whales. Our crew are wonderful and helpful. It is great to hear you were impressed with our hospitality.
star-5
Magical
Tam_L
, Jul 2022
Amazing day trip. We did not go far and we saw whales after whales, I couldnt believe our luck, more than a dozen. They even came up to the boat and at some point under it or swimming parallel to it. We even saw dolphins and a floating eagle ray on the way back. The crew was wonderful. Thanks so much.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
What a magical day you had with an eagle ray, dolphins as well as the whales. We call those extended close encounters 'a mugging' so you can tell everyone you/ve been mugged by a whales. Your lovely review is most appreciated.
star-5
We loved the catamaran...
Michelle_B
, Jul 2022
We loved the catamaran adventure out to sea to see the whales, it took sometime before they were spotted and they put on a great show for us all on board. The commentary was excellent, sharing many stories and facts on whales. Very interesting!! Lunch was superb!! Thank you for a most wonderful day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your positive review. It is encouraging to hear you enjoyed the whales, food and commentary. We hope to welcome you onboard again in the future.
star-5
Had a whale of a time despite the rain.
Taylor_T
, Jul 2022
Weather was cold and wet but we still had a wonderful cruise and got up close and personal with the whales. Food was tasty and plentiful and the boat was clean and spacious. Thanks Keith and crew for your hospitality and local knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your lovely review. It's pleasing that you enjoyed the day despite the nasty weather that was bestowed upon us that day. The whales don't seem to care!
star-5
Alke expectations were exceeded
Norbert_S
, Jul 2022
Wonderful day, very friendly crew, funny captain, second day of season with plenty of whales. Unforgettable experience! Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
It is our pleasure to share the magic of whale watching Freedom style with our passengers. Thanks for joining us so early in the season.
star-5
Great day out.
Jayne_S
, Jul 2022
Wonderful welcoming staff, beautiful boat and knowledgeable captain. We loved heading out and looking at the whales and seeing the coastline of Frazer Island. Beautiful food topped off a great day out.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for choosing Freedom III for your whale watch experience. It is grea to hear you enjoyed the day with the whales in our piece of paradise.
star-5
Whale Watching
Eric_S
, Oct 2021
It was a great day from start to finish. The crew were friendly, professional and informative. We were transferred to and from our hotel, all very easy. Our cruise was at the end of the season and we saw two separate mothers and their calves. Seeing one mother and her calf breaching was amazing. It was a beautiful and relaxing day out. Lunch, Morning and Afternoon teas were very good. Thank you Keith, Toni, Sue, crew and Lyle. We look forward to returning next year.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for your lovely review. We think the winds hastened the exit of our whales just after your tour. It is great to hear youo enjoyed the day and hope to return next season.
star-5
Great day.
Malcolm_B
, Oct 2021
Great crew who were helpful and informative. Great boat and good facilities and food. Enjoyable day on the water with good whale sightings.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for choosing Freedom III for your whale watch experience. We are happy that youu enjoyed the day and hope to welcome you back in the future.
star-5
very friendly and efficient crew
robert_p
, Oct 2021
Comfortable boat; not too crowded even though they were full. Good lunch. Friendly and helpful crew. Good value all round.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Your positive review is most appreciated. It is pleasing to hear that you found the boat comfortable and that the crew were amiable and helpful. Perhaps we will see you again next season.
star-5
This was a fabulous day...
Suzanne_P
, Oct 2021
This was a fabulous day trip. Lovely food, friendly crew and entertaining captain. We will be back again for the next whale season 🤩
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for your wonderful review. We love to hear that our guests enjoyed their time on Freedom III so much that they will come back next year. See you in 2022.
star-5
A must do in Hervey Bay
Jacob_E
, Sep 2021
The friendly staff. The professionalism. The experience of the whales. The food was amazing & not what I was expecting.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for your positive review. It is lovely to hear we surprised you in so many ways. We hope to see you onboard Freedom III again in the future.
star-5
Had a whale of a time
Stephen_P
, Sep 2021
Great cruise. Skipper has a fabulous wicked sense of humour. Works hard to find the whales. Morning tea and lunch was ten out of ten
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for choosing Freedom III for your whale watch adventure. We are thrilled you enjoyed the day and enjoyed Keith's sense of humour.
star-5
When the whale swam right...
COLLEEN_K
, Sep 2021
When the whale swam right up beside the boat eye on us as she past. Massive. The staff were excited to see the whales too. Beautiful day. Time went fast
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your feedback. We all love the whales and feel priveleged to see them up close and personal so often. We hope to see you again next season.
star-4
Fantastic day. Food and staff excellent. Lots of close up encounters with whales. Would have liked to finish at3.30pm.0
Lyn_G
, Sep 2021
When the whales and calf came right up to the boat. Skippers good sense of humour. Food fresh and if good quality.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your positive review. Sorry the tour went a bit longer than advertised but the skipper hates leaving good whales.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Whales galore.
Karen_E
, Sep 2021
The whales!! Oh my goodness. It was so amazing and awesome. They are majestic and beautiful and we had so many to watch. I want to go back and see more. This might have to be one of our yearly events now. Added to this, the captain and crew were funny, friendly, and approachable. The food was great and it was a stress-free way to see the whales.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Your favourable review is most appreciated. We love sharing the magic of the whales with our guests. Hopefully you will become one of our regulars who come every year for their whale fix.
star-5
Delightful room with the whales
Martyn_C
, Sep 2021
The crew of Freedom 111 were excellent in every way.. very comfy boat with lots of seating and viewing range..captain is very knowledgeable with a quirky sense of humour.. he navigated the waters expertly and placed us in the midst of whales sleeping, breaching, playing .. Scones jam and cream and chocolate eclair the perfect morning tea.. chicken ham and assorted salads a very tasty lunch.. very fresh fruit for afternoon tea.. superb!! Highly recommend this cruise .. we will do it again when next in beautiful Hervey Bay.. and a must visit for breakfast or lunch is Enzos .. right in the beach.. perfect location and excellent food.. Mexican restaurant also very good.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your wonderful review. It seems you are a foodie for sure. Thanks for sharing your other eating tips as well. We certainly have an ever increasing variety of eating establishments in Hervey Bay these days. We do have a great crew and thanks for recognising them in your review.
star-5
Exhilarating.
Simon_C
, Sep 2021
Loved it. Keith’s humour and commitment. The food, the boat, and of course, the whales. Bloody everywhere. An amazing day!!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your great review. It is amazing to be in the presence of so many whales even if not really close to them most of the time. We hope to see you on Freedom III again in the future.
star-5
Great day whale 🐳 watching
Robyn_L
, Sep 2021
Fantastic day the crew were amazing, they kept searching till we found some whales 🐳 and we did. We had morning tea ☕️ Lunch 🍱 and afternoon ☕️. We would recommend this tour to everyone who comes to Hervey Bay. Well done Freedom Whale Watching!!! Excellent day
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks for your excellent review. We are very pleased you had such an enjoyable day with the whales. Your wonderful recommendation is thoroughly appreciated.

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