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.
- Shuttle transfers leave from the resort's reception to the jetty head.
- 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.
- There's a money-back guarantee if you don't see whales.
- Once onboard, ask the Whale Cruise staff about purchasing an upgrade to a swim with the whales experience (and don't forget to take your swimmers and a towel).
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.