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Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise

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Overview
Reward yourself with this premium whale watching tour departing Hervey Bay on-board the Freedom III. There is plenty of time to witness close encounters and stunning behaviors of the majestic humpback whales whilst in the shelter of Fraser Island. Maximum 49 passengers, includes freshly baked morning tea, tropical buffet lunch and fruit and cheese platter on the way home.  Expert commentary, friendly and caring crew make this a tour to treasure.
Highlights
  • Head out to Platypus Bay for a whale watching tour
  • Learn about the humpback whale and their migration to the Antarctic
  • Enjoy morning and afternoon tea and a buffet lunch on this premium tour
  • Complimentary round-trip hotel transportation from Hervey Bay
What to Expect
Begin your day at Great Sandy Strait Marina and hop on the 58-foot catamaran to start your premium whale watching tour. Spend the day searching for humpback whales at Hervey Bay and Platypus Bay during their annual migration to the Antarctic. Listen to informative commentary about the whales and their migration while enjoying tea, coffee, and snacks throughout the day. Sightings usually include fin splashes, tail slaps, and breaches from pods of whales as well as dolphins, turtles, and seabirds. The catamaran is equipped with a hydrophone, allowing you to listen to whale noises on board. Enjoy a lunch buffet on board as you view the western beaches of Fraser Island. After a few afternoon nibbles, head back to the dock and head back to your hotel on the complimentary shuttle service.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Great Sandy Straits Marina Urangan Hervey Bay, 17 Buccaneer Dr, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
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.
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Morning and Afternoon tea
  • Lunch - Tropical Buffet lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Live commentary on board
  • Guaranteed sightings form 1 August to 20 October or a free return tour
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We can arrange pet sitting if required.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We had a marvellous day with Friends. Booked through the accommodation (Akama Resort) easy process. This was a great experience saw heaps of whales, many of the other guests were return travelers and I can see why. Crew and Skipper very professional and friendly. Meal and drink
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What more could you ask for on a tour? We went the last few days of the season so wasn't expecting too much, but we thought we'd try our luck anyway since we were in Hervey Bay. We got to see a couple of pods one with a mother and calf swimming right up the boat quite a few
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Response from kreid2016, Owner at Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 19 Oct 2019
Thank you for your review, Great to have you join us, so we could share our experience with you.. It is a pleasure to read that you had a great day. We hope to see you again in future. Keith The Skipper
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Excellent day trip & well organised crew & a great time .The boat was great for moving around & seeing the action ,the skipper was a great & fun character ,fantastic day job :) .
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Response from kreid2016, Owner at Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 19 Oct 2019
Thank you for taking the time for your review. It is a pleasure to hear you enjoyed your day. That’s what we try and acheive daily. Thank you Keith The Skipper
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The boat was pristine, well run & the food was delicious. It was near the end of the season but we still saw lots of whales. The captain was very informative & moved the boat closer to whales when they were sighted. The two attendants were very attentive and offered sea
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Response from kreid2016, Owner at Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 19 Oct 2019
What a review...”Thank you”...on occasion the weather can be a bit temperamental and I personally hate our guests getting sea sick, so we will go to great lengths to try and minimise the impact of sea sickness. If our guests get sea sick then they don’t come back and that’s not good for business.. Thank you and we hope to see you soon Keith The Skipper
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We took the six hour trip that included morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The trip was at the end of the season, however, we saw plenty of whales, mostly with calves. A really enjoyable experience. Highly recommended. Warning, cover up and use the sunscreen provided
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Response from kreid2016, Owner at Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise
Responded 19 Oct 2019
Thank you for your review. We do see lots of Mum and calves from early September till late October and it’s a real pleasure to see an ever increasing population of our humpback whales. Hopefully we will see you again , and for a different experience try early August with the young whales.. Thanks again and very happy to hear you had a great day. Keith The Skipper
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By: Freedom Whale Watch
1,501 reviews
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obsrvy
Sunshine Coast, Australia
5253
Fantastic Day with friends
We had a marvellous day with Friends. Booked through the accommodation (Akama Resort) easy process. This was a
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djeggins07
Brisbane, Australia
30
Beautiful whales, great service and delicious food!
What more could you ask for on a tour? We went the last few days of the season so wasn't expecting too much, but
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Harry S
21
very close encounters with whale,s
Excellent day trip & well organised crew & a great time .The boat was great for moving around & seeing the action
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Debbie W
Columbia, Missouri, United States
42
Excellent trip
The boat was pristine, well run & the food was delicious. It was near the end of the season but we still saw lots
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jaybee754
Brisbane, Australia
438142
Wonderful
We took the six hour trip that included morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The trip was at the end of the
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Mel A
70
Just Wow
As it was the end of the season, we half expected to not see any whales. We were wrong. We had a fabulous day,
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Sue M
81
Fantastic
A wonderful day on the water. Even though early in the season we still managed to see a few whales. Staff very
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judebloomfield62
Darwin, Australia
30
Day out for birthday
We had the good fortune to accidentally find this group and had an absolutely fabulous day out. The crew were so
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cbr0wn22
Brisbane, Australia
70
Great day on the water!
What a brilliant day! The staff are 10/10 For thai attentiveness and knowledge. Very friendly - even witnessed
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Lisa M
10
Whale Watching
This was an amazing day out full of fun and laughter. The food was fresh and delicious and they catered for dairy
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FabioS5567
10
Amazing
Actually my best souvenir of my 3 Holliday weeks in Australia. People on the boat are so kind (special mention for
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665philippl
52
Great whale watching experience
The whale watching trip was just amazing. A lot of whales, really nice food and really friendly staff. Would
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Jlieben
Hervey Bay, Australia
170
Glorious day with the whales and the lovely crew of Freedom 3
My visiting friend and I were picked up by the courtesy bus and taken to the marina, we were excited and looking
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Carriehoy
10
Whale watching
Fantastic!!! Lots of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, up close. Lovely food, fantastic, friendly staff, great modern
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Keith B
Wollongong, Australia
586
FREEDOM The Fantastic Whale Finder
Visiting Hervey Bay ??? If you are lucky enough to get to this fantastic destination A MUST is to book yourself
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