Hervey Bay Tours
Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience
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Hervey Bay Whale Watching Experience

By Whalesong Cruises
Recommended by 99% of travellers
99% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-100, max of 60 per group
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
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  • AM departure - Morning tea and buffet lunch
  • PM departure - Antipasto platter (afternoon tea) and Buffet dinner
  • Multi-level viewing decks
  • Expert commentary - translated by our multilingual crew (German, French, Spanish, Italian)
  • Hydrophone and underwater cameras to listen to and view the Humpback Whales
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Hervey Bay accommodations
  • Filtered water, tea, herbal tea, coffee and milo
What's not included
  • Drinks and snacks (available for purchase on board)
  • Souvenirs (available for purchase on board)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up from local resorts, hotels, motels and caravan parks. We don't pick up from Air BnBs (unless they are close to the Esplanade) due to time constraints and vast spread of locations. Pick up (and drop off) times depend on where you're staying in the Bay. In general, pick up times for the morning cruise are approx: * Point Vernon/Pialba: 7:05am - 7:15am, Scarness: 7:15am - 7:20am, Torquay: 7:20am - 7:30am, Urangan: 7:30am - 7:40am. Please call to verify your pick up address, at least 24 hours before the cruise. In general, pick up times for the afternoon cruise are approx: * Point Vernon/Pialba: 1:05pm - 1:15pm, Scarness: 1:15pm - 1:20pm, Torquay: 1:20pm - 1:30pm, Urangan: 1:30pm - 1:40pm. Please call to verify your pick up address, at least 24 hours before the cruise.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        • Pushchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9362P1

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Children must be accompanied by an adult
        • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
        • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
        • We recommend bringing comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
        • In the event that no whales are spotted, you will receive a return ticket to come again at a future date
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9362P1

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        keithbragg
        Maroochydore, Australia8 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2021
        My wife and I went on a Whale song afternoon (2pm-6pm) whale watching cruise on the 18th of September.

        We had the best time! Conditions were perfect, the boat was nice size (catered for about 60 people), staff were friendly and the captain gave us loads of information about the whales.

        We saw lots of whales, up close, lots of breeches, mother's with calves, large males and the 4 hours went by really quick. The waters were a little choppy, but still calm to enjoy the experience.

        We were fully catered for in terms of food (gluten and dairy free choices) and staff came around with platter food especially for us.

        The dinner was nice, cold meats (ham and chicken) and salads with gluten and dairy free options.

        There was a Bar on board for drinks and snacks if you wanted.

        The sunset was magnificent, which made the afternoon cruise perfect!

        I does get a little cool between 4-6, so take a warm jacket for the ride home.

        Great value for money, and they basically guarantee you will see whales, just depends on how active they are when you come across them-we were thrilled they were very active!

        I would not hesitate to recommend using Whalesong for your whale watching experience.
        Written 20 September 2021
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        Thank you so much for the wonderful review Keith! I know we have been trying to get you on board all season, so it is so lovely to hear that it was worth the wait and you had an amazing time! It definitely can get a little chilly when the sun starts to go down, but the sunset really is spectacular! A perfect end to a perfect afternoon :) We absolutely appreciate you taking the time to share your afternoon and we would love to see you back again!
        Written 26 September 2021
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        Paul B
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2020
        Everything was wonderful. We did the afternoon Whale watching and it was perfect. The bus driver came on time because we had booked direct we got a $10 voucher each to spend on a drink or two, The food was great given to us by really lovely friendly staff and sticking to the Covid rules but did it in such a friendly way. The boat itself was well equipped and not overcrowded, they didn't try and push souvenirs or photo's which i though was great. Everything about the experience was amazing and of course the whales were magical. Will definitely use Whalesong cruises again next time we go to Hervey Bay Whale watching and would definitely recommend to everyone.
        Written 7 August 2020
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        Thanks for the high recommendation! So great to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We like to look after our guests, and the skipper and crew do a great job of it (as well as our friendly bus driver and office staff too!). We look forward to having you on board with us again sometime!
        Written 17 August 2020
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        Amanda O
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        July 2021 • Couples
        Definitely book directly on the whalesong Cruises website. We received a $10 onboard credit each for booking directly and honestly did not have to pay for anything extra as this covered any soft drink, crisps or choccies.

        Their beautiful staff, Danni and Strahan went out of their way to serve and spoil us all and the Skipper’s commentary was extremely informative. Morning tea and lunch was good value and definitely enough.

        We had one whale that circled the boat the whole time and certainly gave us more than we bargained for. Not being on a huge boat with heaps of people meant every one was able to fit on which ever side the whale surfaced.

        I spent the day with hubby and mum and we are still talking about the experience and the close proximity of the whale to the boat which was about 1m.

        Thank you Whalesong Cruises. You made our day!!

        Amanda
        Written 19 July 2021
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        Thanks for your wonderful and detailed 5 star review of Whalesong, Amanda! So great to see our crew looked after you and you had a wonderful time on board. I'm so glad to see you're still talking about your Whale watching experience with us on Whalesong. The experience really is the gift that keeps on giving! We're happy to reward our guests who book direct with us. This onboard credit is our little way of saying 'thanks' and ensures you can have a few little extras on us :-)
        Written 5 August 2021
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        suzi27m
        Ipswich, Australia47 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Had an amazing whale watching cruise. Due to COVID restrictions, the crew have gone above and beyond to look after all passengers safety, by sanitising all surfaces on the boat many times. Yes, it was blowy, yes we got wet, but we didn’t care as we saw some awesome whale activity, even with a mother & calf swimming directly at the boat! Some amazing tail lobs & calves doing small breaches. Cruise well catered and crew could not be any more helpful. Definitely would recommend Whalesong Cruises and would happily be a return customer, next time we are in Hervey Bay. Sorry, no pics, all on my camera, not on my phone!
        Written 27 August 2020
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        Thanks for the great review and high recommendation. Sounds like you had a great time on the water and got some great whale action, despite the weather conditions. So great to hear the crew looked after you also. They certainly do a fabulous job, don't they!? We look forward to having you back on when you return to Hervey Bay!
        Written 27 August 2020
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        Greg Larchin
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2020
        Excellent service from initial contact to disembarking. The skipper and crew went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed a first class experience. They even stayed extra time while a whale was turning on a breaching performance right up close.
        Written 2 September 2020
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        So wonderful to hear everything was so enjoyable from start to finish! It really is about the entire experience, and that starts the moment you make the decision to contact us. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to stay that little while longer if we have something so spectacular happening and we're so glad that you were able to enjoy it!
        Written 16 September 2020
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        Alisonne
        23 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2020
        Many whales, 8 in close view from boat at one point. Majestical experience. Great crew, informative commentary. Covid was handled very well from entry on boat, to supplying tea coffee, cake, fruit and chicken and salad lunch. Well done Whalesong. I recommend highly.
        Written 10 August 2020
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        Thanks for recommending us so highly! Our entire team do such a great job of keeping everyone safe, happy and entertained. So glad you thought so too!
        Written 17 August 2020
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        Vickie Mc
        10 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        July 2022
        You have to realize that when you take one of these whale watching cruises with anyone, you may not have a great viewing of the whales. They are unpredictable and we were unlucky on our cruise to only have a couple of sightings. The Crew were fantastic, very helpful and good at what they do. Sadly our whale experience was very disappointing, no fault of Whalesong cruises, nature is nature, but I wonder if they could coordinate with other boats or aircraft to spot the whales to give people a better chance of seeing them.
        The food was just okay, but for the price we expected a bit better and it was very difficult to eat in a cramped space. It was quite rough which forced people to seek shelter inside the cabin to eat their dinner and there were way too many people on the cruise for that to be comfortable especially with the covid risk.
        Written 21 July 2022
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        Thanks for taking the time to review the whale watch experience with us. I’m so glad to hear the crew were fantastic and helpful and looked after you. They certainly do a wonderful job in all circumstances on the boat. Shame to hear the whales weren’t up to much on your cruise with us. This is something completely out of our hands, as you mentioned, and it depends on a lot of factors on the day. Hervey Bay was named as the first Whale heritage site in the world in 2019. We are fortunate to be blessed with incredible while watching counters. More so than anywhere else in Australia. Unfortunately, it’s not every cruise we have incredible encounters but our skipper and crew do the best with what they can on the day. I would love for you to reach out to me personally about your experience with the food. We pride ourselves on offering quality food and plenty of it for our guests. Given that most day operators charge the same as us, and don’t offer lunch or dinner at all, we still think it offers great value for money given the price. However, please do reach out as I want to get to the bottom of exactly what your concern was about the food provided. Our boat is served for 100 people but we only ever take up to 65 people. On days where conditions are less than favourable we always give people the option to get off with a full refund and also cap our numbers for lower than 65 passengers. Unfortunately, the Covid risk is going to be around indefinitely, and we do all we can to mitigate risk of anyone contracting anything whilst on board Whalesong. We also operate well within the Queensland government guidelines and recommendations. Happy to discuss any of this with you any further. Please reach out to me at rebecca@whalesong.com.au. Many thanks
        Written 21 July 2022
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        Pom59
        Caloundra, Australia57 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2020 • Couples
        Had a great cruise with Whalesong weather was perfect sea was very blue and almost flat. Saw at least 7 whales including a calf, the crew were fantastic and the food was spot on, we were also given a $10 credit each for drinks or snacks on the boat which was a nice surprise. Would definitely recommend Whalesong
        Mark H
        Written 5 September 2020
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        So happy we were able to surprise you Mark! We offer vouchers to spend on board to anyone who books directly with us via our website or over the phone. Just a little thank you from us here at Whalesong Cruises! A perfect review of what sounds like a fantastic day on board. Thank you so much!
        Written 18 September 2020
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        Sheree M
        5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2021
        Very enjoyable day, perhaps a bit too long. Many of the passengers were inside asleep after three hours, particularly children. This made eating lunch inside difficult as weather was not good most people wanted to be inside.
        Staff were friendly and lunch was surprisingly tasty given the limited catering space.
        Most importantly there were many whales to see.
        Written 26 September 2021
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        The weather can definitely be against us some days and that definitely makes the littler ones (and not so little ones) a bit sleepy. Fortunately, we do have a shorter option in the afternoon that may a good choice for those with a little less time or who think the morning might be a bit too long. Thank you so much for your review Sheree! Despite the difficulties with weather and inside naps it certainly sounds like you had an enjoyable experience! Lunch seems to shine through for a lot of people and we're so glad the whales put on a show!
        Written 26 September 2021
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        Cheryl C
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sept 2021
        We had a wonderful morning out on the water with Whalesong. The first thing I noticed that they made sure everyone was checked into the Qld App which is reassuring. They had limited numbers, and sanitiser was supplied around the boat.
        The weather was stunning, the seating was ample, however, the whales were a bit sleepy, that was until we were taken out much further where we were treated to a great display of whale ‘fun’. The skipper is very knowledgeable when it comes to whales and the Hervey Bay region. The staff were delightful and very friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend Whalesong to anyone, best Cruise company in the bay!
        Written 16 September 2021
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        Wow, the best cruise company in the bay...thanks so much! Thank you so much for taking the time to review your time with us - we certainly take the time to ensure our guests are safe and comfortable. The whales do have their moments of sleepiness (as we all do) but we are so very glad you were able to see their fun side too!
        Written 17 September 2021
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