Humpback Whale, Hervey Bay, QLD
Hervey Bay, around 300 kilometres north of Brisbane, is an aquatic paradise and one of the best places in Australia to experience nature in the wild. The safe, sheltered waters of Hervey Bay make it ideal for year round water-sports from swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving to sailing and fishing.
In the winter months (July - November), humpback whales travel along the Queensland coastline from Antarctica to the warm waters of the Whitsunday Islands, stopping in the calm waters of Hervey Bay to breed and nurse their young. Hervey Bay is one of the best places in the world to go whale-watching. See their playful antics with one of the accredited cruise operators around Urangan Pier. You might also see dolphins, dugongs and turtles.
The arrival of the humpback whales each year is celebrated at the Hervey Bay Whale Festival, during July and August with concerts, street parades and educational displays.
The waters of the Fraser Coast are ideal for either a family houseboat or luxury sailing yacht holiday. You can learn how to sail a yacht and go on your own boating adventure; or charter a crew to sail for you. There's also kayaking, jet skiing and wind surfing to enjoy.
Scuba divers should head to Wolf Rock and the wreck dives at the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef, the largest artificial reef in the southern hemisphere. The waters of the Great Sandy Strait are also one of the best places in Australia to go fishing, attracting professionals and amateurs from around the world. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy estuary, beach, jetty, reef and game fishing. Join a charter tour or your hire your own vessel.