Morning Whale Watch

Weave and wind your way through the islands of the Great Sandy Straits and enjoy a Half-Day Whale Watch Experience aboard Quick Cat 2. This trip includes breath-taking views of Fraser Island and Hervey Bays’ beautiful waters on the way to search for Humpback Whales. This tour has the added option of disembarking for lunch at Kingfisher Bay Resort on the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island, commencing on July 17th, 2022. *Please note this tour travels via Kingfisher Bay Resort*


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  • Australia's most experienced whale watch crew
  • Light Breakfast, Morning Tea and refreshments
  • Informative commentary, local knowledge and history
  • Hydrophone equipped to listen to whale song underwater
  • Fully licensed bar for food and beverage purchases
  • Non-smoking vessel

What to Bring

  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sense of adventure
  • Camera (preferably waterproof)
  • Mask, snorkel, towel and swimwear (if you are planning to swim)
  • Money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs, whale swim if desired. 

Departure Times

  • 6:45AM check in for a 7:00AM departure
  • 12:30PM return

Check In

Please ensure all guests have checked in at our floating office at least 15 minutes prior to your departure time. Our office is located beside Quick Cat 2, on the right-hand side of the marina entrance.

If you experience unexpected delays, please call us as soon as possible on 1800-671-977. If you cannot make your departure time, your ticket is transferable to another cruise (subject to availability).

Optional Extras

  • Exciting opportunity to Swim with the Humpback Whales - Extra $100.00 per person to be paid during the tour (Weather permitting & conditions apply)
  • Check out our exclusive "Whales & Lunch @ Fraser" for an extra $35.00 on top of your ticket - AMAZING VALUE, starting from August 1st.

Why choose a morning whale watch? 

As Australia’s first and longest running whale watch operators, we have perfected our whale watching tours down to a fine art. Thirty minutes after departure, take a glimpse into Kingfisher Bay resort as we collect the remainder of our whale watchers before cruising alongside the world’s largest sand island on the way to see our happy Humpbacks.   

Upon entering Platypus Bay, the search is on for some friendly Humpback whales! With our eyes peeled and pointing fingers at the ready, we will look for the tell-tale signs of a Humpback whale, which can be as small as a little glisten on the horizon or as noticeable as a massive splash from a whale breaching close by.

With multiple viewing levels, you can “Ooooh” and “Aaaaaah” from above or get down close to the action on the lower decks. If the opportunity arises and the whales decide to hang around, we may have the chance to put you in the water with them... yes that's right, swimming with Humpback Whales!

 Please See our Whale Swim Information page for more details

After we are all whaled out, the journey back to the marina includes a look at the remote Western beaches of Fraser Island, showcasing pristine white sand, colourful cliff faces and freshwater creeks. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for Dingos on the return voyage as they often search for a meal at low tide. On a quick stop off at Kingfisher Bay Resort we bid farewell to our resort and “Whales and Lunch” guests before pulling up to the Great Sandy straits Marina at 12:30PM.


Weather and Sea Conditions

The team at Hervey Bay Whale Watch have been operating in the area for over thirty years and so, are very familiar with the conditions and enjoyment levels of their guests. Quick Cat 2 will not depart the harbour if conditions are dangerous, with guests advised of adverse conditions prior to departure time.  Expectations differ from person to person with some relatively unaffected by rough conditions, despite this, we are more than happy to rebook your cruise for a calmer day if you feel uneasy about the weather. If the day is too rough to be enjoyable, we will advise you as soon as possible of the cruise cancellation with the choice of a refund or to rebook.


While it is extremely rare for the whales to elude us onboard our cruises, it can occasionally happen very early or late in the season. To largely avoid this happening, we modify our cruise start and finish dates each year to best align with whale watching projections, thereby minimising possible disappointment!

Hervey Bay Whale Watch have always guaranteed whale sightings, meaning if you have joined us for our whale watch cruise and we haven’t sighted whales, your ticket is valid for any of our other whale watch cruises until Humpback whales are sighted! (Subject to availability) Hervey Bay Whale Watch has always maintained this policy, with one guest waiting 15 years to redeem their ticket! 


  • Hervey Bay Whale Watch reserve the right to substitute another vessel at any time.
  • Tour times may vary slightly dependent on conditions and distance travelled.
  • Cruise may be cancelled or substituted due to weather or tide conditions or if viable passenger numbers are not reached.


Adults $115.00
Senior/Student $105.00
Child (4-14) $65.00
Infant (0-3) FREE
2 Adults & 2 Children $325.00
2 Adults & 3 Children $380.00