In our neck of the woods the Humpbacks aren't just passing through on their way to their breeding grounds each August through October* - they're actually taking time out in the pristine waters off Fraser Island to socialise, have some fun, learn some essential lifeskills and nuture their young.
For whale watchers it really is a question of who is watching whom on these great days out... our guests are encouraged to wave their arms, stamp their feet and make a bit of noise - the whales love it.
Their natural curiosity takes over and they glide up to the boats to have a look as what the 'silly' humans are doing now - in return the Humpbacks (and sometimes other friends like this Southern Right Whale spotted on 3 Aug 2013) put on an almighty show - slapping their tails, shaking their pec fins and leaping into the air, only to splash down.
Skipper Brian Perry and the team on Quick Cat II provide a fun, day out in World Heritage waters looking and you'll have the photos and video to prove it.
- Our hydrophone lets you listen to the live underwater sounds of the male humpbacks
- Our underwater viewing camera beams images onto screens around the boat.
- We provide expert commentary from the family who pioneered whale watching in Hervey Bay.
- Wheel chair access, children's activity books and homemade morning tea are all part of the service.
- Whale information available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
- Advanced Eco Accreditation.
But don't just take our word for it. Writer Jessica Jane Sammut came face-to-face with these gentle giants of the deep on a family holiday to Fraser Island. This is her story.
Available: August to late October.
Cruises depart the resort: at 7.45am daily, returning at 12noon.
*Note to guests re 2013 season: Due to the north westerly winds, Humpbacks are no longer holidaying in Hervey Bay and are continuing their epic journey south to Antarctic waters. We're disappointed to say the 2013 Whale Watching season has ended two days early on Oct 29 as sightings can no longer be guaranteed.