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Whale Watching - Half Day Trip Aboard QuickCat II - Hervey Bay

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Join the team at Hervey Bay Whale Watch for a fun, educational and exciting Whale Watch experience aboard Quick Cat II.

Join the team at Hervey Bay Whale Watch for a fun, educational and exciting Whale Watch experience aboard Quick Cat II.

Highlights

  • One of the fastest boats in the fleet allowing maximum time with our beautiful Humpback Whales.
  • Hydrophone equipped to listen to whales song underwater
  • Only boat in the fleet allowing uninterrupted full 360 degree views on ALL levels
  • 5 spacious viewing decks across 3 different levels, amphitheatre seating
  • Full wheelchair and pram access around the whole main deck
  • Opportunity to Swim with the Whales (Conditions Permitting)
  • Amazing photography opportunities
  • Only vessel with opportunity to upgrade and have lunch @ visit Kingfisher Bay Resort on K'gari Fraser Island (Morning Tour only)

Join Australia's FIRSTcommercial Whale Watching company with over 36 years experience.

Rest assured you are in capable hands. Being owned and operated by 4th generation locals having spent over 85 years on the Fraser coast waters, let us share our knowledge with you.

Hervey Bay Whale Watch offer 2 Half Day Whale Watching tours on our purpose built catamaran 'Quick Cat II'designed to specifically enhance your whale watching experience. The vessel was designed and built right here in Hervey Bay and features 5 viewing decks on 3 different levels to ensure uncrowded and unobstructed views. The vessel has various vantage points from right on the water line, to the third story rooftop viewing platform where you feel on top of the world

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We also offer Incredible and exclusive opportunities to enhance your tours with exciting add on options making us the best value whale tour on the Fraser Coast!

Morning Whale Watching Cruise :

Join us for a Morning Whale Watch Cruise aboard Quick Cat II for an unforgettable experience spotting Humpback Whales in their natural habitat. Our knowledgeable crew will provide fascinating insights into their behavior and characteristics, while you take in stunning views of K'Gari (Fraser Island) and Hervey Bay's waters. Look out for dolphins, turtles, dingoes and seabirds along the way.

Enjoy a light breakfast and morning tea as we explore the Great Sandy Straits & Platypus Bay - where our Humpback Whales come to play!

Departure: Morning Cruise departs the Urangan Harbour at 7:00AM SHARP!

Please note* The Morning Whale Watch Travels via Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island to pick up additional guests - then on to see the Humpback Whales and returning back at the Urangan Harbour at 12:30PM via Kingfisher Bay Resort. Extended Travel time should be expected. Please travel our Afternoon Tour if you wish to avoid this!

Special Exclusive Offer - Whales & Lunch at Fraser Island: only an extra $35 PAYABLE ON THE DAY! Available from 15th July.

After your Whale Watch cruise you can disembark at Kingfisher Bay Resort to enjoy lunch at the Sand Bar. After lunch you can relax by the spa & pool, explore the self-guided walking trails, hire a stand up paddle board or kayak or take a step back and relax at the Sunset Bar at The Jetty to watch the breath taking sunset. You will return back to Hervey Bay with a choice of catching either the 2pm or 5pm resort barge. Once arrived the Kingfisher Bay Resort bus service will return you back at the marina or to your accommodation. AMAZING VALUE!


Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise :

Join us for an Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise aboard Quick Cat II for an unforgettable experience spotting Humpback Whales in their natural habitat. Our knowledgeable crew will provide fascinating insights into their behavior and characteristics, while you take in stunning views of K'Gari (Fraser Island) and Hervey Bay's waters. Look out for dolphins, turtles, and seabirds along the way. Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea as we explore the Great Sandy Straits & Platypus Bay - where our Humpback Whales come to play! Enjoy a glass of bubbles and breathtaking sunset views over the water as we cruise back home. Relax and enjoy the peaceful moment after an unforgettable afternoon.

Departure: Our Afternoon Cruise departs Urangan Harbour at 1:00PM SHARP and travels direct to the whales and returns at 5:00PM.


Swim with the Whales - an extra $100.00 PAYABLE ON THE DAY

Do you want to get even closer to these gentle giants? Slide carefully into the water and come face to face with these majestic Humpback Whales in their natural habitat, on their terms. Hervey Bay Whale Watch are approved to offer the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with Humpback Whales, something you will not soon forget.

Swimming with whales is subject to very strict conditions and protocol that we must follow. Therefore, these experiencesCANNOT be booked online andare not guaranteed.

Our team will make every effort to provide everyone with the opportunity for this incredible encounter. However, it's important to understand that as we work with wild animals, certain conditions and whale behavior are required to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

To increase your chances of a successful whale swim, we recommend booking betweenJuly andearly September. After this time, mother and calf sightings are more common, which are prohibited for swims by legislation.

Please do not assume that a swim with whales is guaranteed.

*While water temperatures usually range between 19 to 23 degrees Celsius, being in the presence of a Humpback whale can make you forget the cooler water temperature.

Adult AM $115.00
Adult PM $110.00
Child $65.00 (4-14 years old)
Infant $0.00 (0-3 years old)
Senior AM $109.00
Senior PM $100.00

What's included

  • Guaranteed whale sightings (Free return ticket if none are sighted).
  • Australia's most experienced whale watch crew
  • Light Morning or Afternoon Tea and refreshments
  • Marine park fee's and Levy's
  • Informative commentary, local knowledge and history
  • Hydrophone equipped to listen to whale song underwater
  • Fully licensed bar for food and beverage purchases
  • Non-smoking vessel

Location

  • Cruises Depart from Great Sandy Straits Marina.
  • See check in times under booking notes.

Notes

  • Check In: Please ensure all guests check in to our floating office at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time. Please note the boat can not wait for you anddon't want you to miss the boat!.

    We are the only floating office located right at the boat, head along the board walk and down the ramp and you have found us. Walk through the office check in with one of our lovely office staff members and head on through onto Quick Cat II.

    If you experience unexpected delays please call us as soon as you can on1800 671 977. If you cannot make departure time your ticket is transferable to another cruise (subject to availability).

    Morning Cruise: Check in at 6:45am

    Afternoon Cruise: Check in at 12:45pm

    Please Note: The operator reserves the right to postpone/cancel the trip for weather reasons or any other unforeseen circumstances. In the rare occasion of this happening, the operator will need to contact you so please be sure to leave your phone number when booking.

    1800 671 977

  • Child price applicable for ages 4 - 14 years, Infants 0 - 3 years go free.

Available Bookings from 15 Apr to 28 Apr 2024

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Philllipa from New Zealand wrote on 01 September 2023

Awesome experience

Amazing experience from the time we step on board. Crew were fantastic and informative on whale behaviour enabling us to get up close and experience the beauty and grace of these awesome creatures.

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From Whale Watching - Half Day Trip Aboard QuickCat II - Hervey Bay

Hi Phillipa, Thanks so much for your kind review! Nothing quite beats getting up close and personal with one of the largest animals in the world! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time on board with us! Thank you for joining us! Kind Regards, Hervey Bay Whale Watch

Eilean Mauritzen from United Kingdom wrote on 09 August 2023

Great boat

Amazing experience! The boat has the best looking crew so the whales all came to check them out ! ;)

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Hi Eilean, Thank you for leaving a review! We're so happy you enjoyed your experience aboard Quick Cat II. Hahah, we like to think thats why the Whales love to come and play ;) Kind Regards, Hervey Bay Whale Watch

Jane Chaplin from Australia wrote on 15 September 2021

Fantastic trip

If there were more stars I would give them. My friends and I had a marvellous afternoon with quickcat ll. The staff were great . Would recommend this tour to everyone.

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corrinec from Australia wrote on 19 October 2023

Great day

Really great friendly crew, awesome day on the water seen an unbelievable amount of whales highly recommend. Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Joan BURRELL from Australia wrote on 03 October 2023

Wow whales

Had a wonderful day Staff were all smiles Saw heaps of whales Captain Joshua gave us some great commentary

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