The lifecycle of the Southern Humpback whale brings them into Hervey Bay on Queensland’s Fraser Coast. They leave the rich feeding grounds of Antarctica in May and make the annual 6000 kilometre journey to the breeding grounds in the warm waters of the Whitsundays, north of Fraser Island. Some of the females will give birth, while the others will mate.
After spending a short period of time in the Whitsunday area the whales start the long journey south, many of them coming into Platypus Bay, on the sheltered lee side of Fraser, for as long as five days, some staying for only a day – and some within coo-ee of Wathumba and Awinya. As of May 15 we've already spotted migrating whales along the east coast of Fraser Island and breaching off the Kingfisher Bay jetty. You can follow all the action on our dedicated Facebook page.
For holidaymakers travelling to the Fraser Coast from August to October to whale watch, there is the added bonus of visiting World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and combining the best nature has to offer in one very convenient nature escape.
Why not check out our latest Ranger blog for our Humpback updates?