Hervey Bay is known internationally as the whale watching capital of the world. There are a number of reasons for this. Hervey Bay was the first place in the world to create a viable whale watching industry that has taken over 60000 passengers whale watching every year for 25 years. This is a formidable record and one that is unlikely to be broken. Hervey Bay is the only calm water whale watching venue in the world and a place that is visited by thousands of Humpback whales every year and the whales are now so used to the boats that they have no hesitations in approaching the boats to go people watching from a very close range. Hervey Bay is the only place in the world where the boats are purpose built and the only place where underwater viewing through underwater windows is available. All of these things add up to an experience that is simply not available anywhere else.
The industry has grown over the last 25 years from one fishing charter operator starting to run one trip a week to a dozen multi million dollar charter boats offering hundreds of different trips. Most boats are equipped with underwater camera's and windows as well as hydrophones, to hear the whales singing and plenty of videos and souvenirs to take home with you to remember your trip. You can also have the choice of a fast trip or a full day on either a powered boat or a sailing catamaran.
All of the Hervey Bay whale watching boats depart from the Urangan boat harbour and they all offer a courtesy pick up service from your accommodation. Hervey bay has direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne so it is really east to get to. You can come for a day or a week and there are some excellent travel packages available that include accommodation.
If you are having a holiday in Australia and you want to see some of the best wildlife, then come to Hervey Bay during the whale watching season and take a trip out to see the humpback whales.