Whale watching in Hervey Bay deals for 2019

Experience the power and beauty of the underwater world's most curious creatures.

You'll be spoiled for choice in Hervey Bay with the whale watching cruise options on offer.

Not all cruises are created the same though, so we've broken down all the information you need to know, including price, tour length and extra bonuses so you can have the best time on the water possible.

To make it that much easier to decide, we've also picked out a few of our favourite cruises for you to consider.


Our top picks:

Best for budgets and families: Hervey Bay Ultimate Whale Watching Cruise, Pacific Whale Foundation

Best for budgets and families: Hervey Bay Ultimate Whale Watching Cruise, Pacific Whale Foundation from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $79 per adult
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Available: Daily at 7am, 11am and 2.30pm
  • Includes an onboard junior naturalist program and kids' activity books
  • Drinks and snacks included

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Best all-rounder: Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch, Dive Hervey Bay

Best all-rounder: Hervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch, Dive Hervey Bay from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $150 per person
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Available: Daily at 7.30am and 1.30pm
  • Option to snorkel with whales
  • Morning tea included
  • Small group tour
  • Guaranteed whale sightings

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Best for time on the water: Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise, Blue Dolphin Tours

Best for time on the water: Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise, Blue Dolphin Tours from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $160
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Available on: Daily from 7.30am (during the season)
  • Get close to the whales on the water platform (weather permitting)
  • Morning and afternoon tea plus a buffet lunch included

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Best for guaranteed sightings: Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise, Freedom Whale Watch

Best for guaranteed sightings: Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise, Freedom Whale Watch from Viator

Highlights:

  • Cost: $100 per person
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Available: Daily at 9.30am
  • Guaranteed sightings or get a free return tour (from 1 August to 20 October)
  • Expert guide provides information on whale behaviour
  • Includes morning and afternoon tea plus a buffet lunch

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When is whale watching season in Hervey Bay?

The season runs from July to November with tours starting mid-July and ending at the end of October.

Whales can still be seen in November but the best time to spot whales is from early August until late September.

Whale watching season in Hervey Bay is known for spotting humpback whales on their migration from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef.


Compare whale watching companies and cruise options

We look at the aforementioned companies, as well as a few others, and their cruises to help you decide which to book.

Cruise companyCruise nameDurationDeparts (during the season)InclusionsPrice (from)Book with
Blue Dolphin ToursHervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise8 hoursDaily at 7.30amMorning and afternoon tea, buffet lunch, complimentary beverage, return transfers$160
Freedom Whale WatchHervey Bay Whale Watching Cruise for 27.5 hoursDaily at 9.30amMorning tea, buffet lunch, fruit and cheese platters, coffee, tea and water$280RedBalloon
Freedom Whale WatchWhale Watching Cruise including Buffet Lunch6.5 hoursDaily at 9.30amGourmet morning tea, cheese and fruit platters, tropical buffet lunch$140Gift It Now
Freedom Whale WatchHervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise6 hoursDaily at 9.30amMorning and afternoon tea, buffet lunch, guaranteed sightings or free return tour$100Viator
Pacific Whale FoundationWhale Watching Cruise with Snacks and Drinks (Afternoon)3 hoursDaily at 7am, 11am and 2.30pmComplimentary snacks and soft drinks$79
Tasman VentureHervey Bay Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise4 hoursDaily at 1.30pmAfternoon tea, return transfers, guaranteed whale sightings or get a free return ticket$115
Tasman VentureFraser Island National Park Tour with Whale Watching9 hoursDaily at 7.30amMorning and afternoon tea, buffet lunch, return transfers, guided walks, snorkelling equipment and kayaks$195RedBalloon
Spirit of Hervey BayHalf Day Whale Watch Cruise4 hoursDaily at 8.30am and 1.30pmMorning or afternoon tea, return transfers, kids' activities$100Viator
Spirit of Hervey BayWhale Watch and Fraser Island Tour with Resort Buffet LunchFraser Island tour: 11 hours

Whale watching tour: 4 hours

Daily at 8.30am (Fraser Island tour) and 1.30pm (whale watching only)Morning and afternoon tea, return transfers, full-day guided tour of Fraser Island, hot and cold buffet resort lunch$290Gift It Now
Hervey Bay Whale WatchWhale Watch Cruise and Fraser Island 1 Day Package10 hoursDaily at 7amLight breakfast and morning tea, lunch at a resort, return transfers$145Gift It Now
Dive Hervey BayHervey Bay Whale Swim and Watch5 hoursDaily at 7.30am and 1.30pmSnorkelling gear, wetsuits, return transfers, morning tea$150Viator
Boat Club Adventure CruisesWhale Watch Half-Day4 hoursDaily at 7.30am and 1.30pmMorning or afternoon tea, return transfers$95Viator
Whalesong CruisesMorning or Afternoon Whale Watching Tour on the MV Whalesong4.5 hoursDaily at 8am and 2pmMorning or afternoon tea, return transfers$115Viator

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