Exciting Whale Watching Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia, is one of the best places for whale watching. Humpback whales migrate to the warmer water here in the winter and offer an incredible adventure for everyone. Whale watching season begins in July and goes to November. At this time, the majestic humpback whales can be seen entering Hervey Bay, and then the fun really begins. Seeing these majestic creatures romping and jumping out of the water and big tails in the air is a breathtaking experience.


It is easy to reach Hervey Bay which is just north of Brisbane. Humpback whales prefer the calm, protected waters surrounding Fraser Island, where they teach their young. This means you can expect blowhole spurts to provide a spectacular out of aerial water display and flip slaps. Whales have also been known to swim near and alongside vessels and at times enjoy making huge splashes of water, drenching everyone near the very front with cool refreshing water. It is always a surprise and always fun, especially for the whales.


Humpback whales come to Hervey Bay every winter from July to November. At this time, there are many events offered that celebrate the whales’ return. Paddle Out for Whales is where many people participate in heading into the bay on surfboards, kayaks, and inflatables to welcome these enormous creatures. Other events include the Whale Parade and Concert, Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, and Blessing of the Fleet.


When it comes to finding a place to stay, there are many choices, and you can stay on the mainland, find resorts with many different accommodations, and even camping is available on Fraser Island.


Once you are settled and ready for whale watching, you have a choice of boats. You can find large cruisers that accommodate many people and have different viewing decks. There are also sailing catamarans that offer room for up to 24 people. If you prefer, you can find special packages offering different kinds of adventure like swimming with whales and close-up encounters with both humpbacks and dolphins. You can find out more information about package tours online and booking ahead is always a good idea.


Some facts about whales:


The scientific name of humpback whales is Megaptera novaeangliae.

As adults, humpback whales can weigh up to five times more than five adult elephants.

Male humpbacks will serenade female humpbacks with song. The whales learn and perfect their tunes all of their lives.

Humpbacks are very social creatures and will sometimes form temporary pods while migrating.

They are very intelligent, included among the top five smartest animals globally, and can self-recognize.

Humpback whales have an essential role in the food chain. Each whale can eat 2500 kg of krill and plankton each day.

Each season a female humpback give birth to a calf that can weigh up to 907 kg at birth.

The life span of the average humpback whale is around 50 years.

Humpback whales can move at a speed of 5-15 km per hour.

These whales don’t have any teeth; they use baleen plates to eat the plankton.


So get yourself out to Hervey Bay and enjoy watching humpback whales for one of the most unforgettable adventures you have ever participated in, and remember to photograph each incredible moment. If you are whale watching for the first time, once you get out on a vessel, you can always get advice and help from the crews about what you should watch for to know when a humpback whale is near.

Book with Spirit of Hervey Bay for a fun and memorable tour.


The collection, use and return of the rental car

Upon collection: if you have not accepted the cancellation of the deductible (Read about “Rental car: the reservation and the contract” ) , carefully inspect the exterior of the rental car, to check for any damage to the bodywork and windows and, if necessary, have them reported on the contract; also check the existence of the spare wheel and the on-board tools, both to avoid disputes upon return and above all to avoid getting into trouble. Before leaving, if you have no experience with the specific model, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the main controls and signals on the instrument panel; check that the fuel gauge shows full and make sure you have the emergency number on hand. After this quick check, you are ready to hit the road.

During use:the rental car is insured against theft and also against collision damage, but if you park and walk around with the keys in the dashboard, or have the vehicle driven by an unregistered third party and hit a railing due to negligence or inexperience, the insurance company could claim against you. Therefore, use normal diligence if you use the vehicle for distances and appreciable time, checking the level of liquids and tire pressure. If you have an accident, which does not block the vehicle, fill in the amicable assessment form (the CID) carefully, to deliver it upon return; if the accident blocks the vehicle, call the emergency number for the recovery of the vehicle and its replacement to complete the rental period. If there are injuries or other injuries (yours or others),smartphone to photograph the scene, the damage and the road context.

Our tips on car rental

If you are planning a few relaxing days during your holidays and have decided to rent a car, before choosing who to contact, read our guide on how to choose a car and what to pay attention to in the contract. Our special on car rental can be a useful contribution to avoid unpleasant surprises.

The sector is very wide and varied and disentangling the various offers is not easy, for this reason we have decided to create, in this period of departures, a useful guide, divided into three dedicated parts: the first to the booking and the contractual relationship , the second to the phases of collection, use and return of the car and finally the third on how to avoid unpleasant surprises when returning.

In general, we can say that, when booking a car rental, it is good to compare the rates on the Internet and choose a car that meets your needs, remembering that smaller and smaller cars cost and consume less. If you need child seats, chains, navigators or other options, consider bringing them from home because renting them by car involves a considerable increase in the price; the car is covered by RCA and Kasko insurance , but you are responsible for any damages that exceed the excess of the Kasko policy; when booking you will be asked if you accept asupplement to the daily rate to cancel the deductible , which we recommend that you accept, to avoid difficult discussions on return. There may also be a daily fee for the driver’s insurance, in case of physical damage during the rental: carefully evaluate the coverage you already have and the cost that is proposed to you because it is usually quite advantageous.

Finally, another tip concerns the return : better organize yourself in time and return the vehicle during the opening hours of the rental point, checking the condition of the car with the attendant to avoid unpleasant surprises in the following days. Finally, remember to fill up with fuel: otherwise the penalty can be very high.