Whales & Fraser Island Trails

Experience the two best attractions in Hervey Bay in one convenient package - Humpback Whales and K'Gari (Fraser Island). It's an unbeatable deal! With this package, you'll get a Half-Day Whale Watch Experience (either morning or afternoon) on one day and a full day K'Gari (Fraser Island) 4WD Bus Tour on another day. The order of the tours can be customized based on your travels & availability.

**Peak Season Pricing occurs for bookings between August & October as per K'Gari Explorer Tours **

Half Day Whale Watch Experience:

Step aboard Quick Cat II on our Morning or Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise  for an unforgettable experience spotting Humpback Whales in their natural habitat. Our knowledgeable crew will provide fascinating insights into their behavior and characteristics, while you take in stunning views of K'Gari (Fraser Island) and Hervey Bay's waters. Look out for dolphins, turtles, dingoes and seabirds along the way. Enjoy morning/afternoon tea as we explore the Great Sandy Straits & Platypus Bay - where our Humpback Whales come to play! 

  • Australia's most experienced whale watch crew
  • Tea and coffee, nibbles and refreshments
  • Informative commentary, local knowledge & 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)
  • Swimwear & towel (if you are planning to swim with the whales)
  • Money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs, whale swim if desired. EFTPOS is available on board.
Cruise Times:
  • Morning Whale Watch Cruise
    7:00AM departure & 12:30PM return
    *Please check in at 6:45AM*

  • Afternoon Whale Watch Cruise
    1:00PM departure & 5:00PM return
    *Please check in at 12:45PM*

Check In:

Please ensure all guests check in at our floating office at least 15 minutes prior to your Whale Watch Cruise departure time. Our floating office is located beside Quick Cat II, at the Great Sandy Straits Marina, near Cafe Balena.

If you experience unexpected delays, please call us on (07) 4128 9611.

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)
    Please See our Whale Swim Information page for more details
Weather and Sea Conditions

The Hervey Bay Whale Watch team has been operating in the area for over 30 years, which has allowed them to become highly familiar with the conditions and preferences of their guests. To ensure the safety of their passengers, Quick Cat II will not leave the harbour in dangerous conditions. While some guests may not be bothered by rough conditions, the company is willing to reschedule cruises for those who are uncomfortable. If the weather is too rough to provide an enjoyable experience, our office staff will promptly notify guests of the cancellation and offer the choice of a refund or the opportunity to rebook for a calmer day.


While it's extremely rare for us to miss seeing whales during our cruises, it's can occasionally happen during the early or late parts of the season. To minimize the chances of this happening, we adjust our cruise start and end dates annually based on projected whale sightings, ensuring our guests have the best possible experience without any disappointment.

At Hervey Bay Whale Watch, we provide a guarantee that you'll see whales on your whale watch cruise. If, for any reason, we're unable to spot whales during your trip, your ticket remains valid for any of our upcoming whale watch cruises until we do see Humpback whales, subject to availability. We've always maintained this policy, and we even had one guest who waited 15 years to redeem their ticket!

K'Gari Explorer Day Tour:

Your adventure-packed day commences with a courtesy pickup from your accommodation, followed by a ferry ride to the world's largest sand island. Upon arrival at K'Gari (Fraser Island), a purpose-built, air-conditioned 4WD bus will transport you to a range of locations, accompanied by professional commentary from a knowledgeable Fraser Island tour guide. As you traverse the island, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of lush rainforests and pristine beaches, all while taking in the beauty of this world-heritage listed icon.

During your excursion, you'll visit a number of renowned locations, including Famous Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Eastern Beach, Eli Creek, Pinnacle Coloured Sands, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and the Maheno Shipwreck. You'll also stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at K'Gari Beach Resort.

Package includes:
  • Courtesy pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation
  • National Park Fees and Transfers to/from the Island via barge
  • Informative Commentary from an experienced tour guide
  • Lunch at K'Gari Beach Resort
What to Bring
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket
  • Towel
  • Swimmers
  • Enclosed Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (preferably waterproof)
  • Car Seat/Booster seat for Children under 8 years of age.
  • Sense of adventure
  • Money for drinks, snacks, souvenirs.
  • The adventure begins with a courtesy pick-up from select locations in Hervey Bay (between 7.00am and 8.00am) or make your own way and Check-in at our Mainland Reception in River Heads by 8:00am. On Google Maps, this will appear as 54 Ariadne St. After arriving at this location, a courtesy coach will provide transport to the ferry departure point. 
  • At the end of the day, you’ll return to River Heads by 6:30pm (courtesy drop-offs to select Hervey Bay locations between 6.30pm and 7.30pm).

Infants under the age of 1 year old are not permitted to travel on the Fraser Explorer Day Tour.

Children under the age of 8 years are required to travel in an appropriate car seat/ booster seat in accordance with Queensland Transport and safety requirements. Guests are required to provide their own car seat/ booster for this tour.



Terms & Conditions:
- Passengers are required to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time for Whale Watch Cruise
- Passengers are required to follow all safety instructions given by the crew and captain at all times.
- Passengers are responsible for their own personal belongings and any loss or damage is at their own risk.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited on board Quick Cat II & Calypso Hervey Bay
- Hervey Bay Whale Watch is not responsible for any injury or loss of property resulting from passenger misconduct or failure to follow safety instructions.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- Hervey Bay Whale Watch reserves the right to refuse boarding to any passenger who appears to be under the influence of drugs or who poses a threat to the safety of the vessel and its passengers.
- No refunds will be provided for any missed tours or charters due to late arrival or non-compliance with the terms and conditions.
- Hervey Bay Whale Watch has a zero-tolerance policy towards rude or abusive behavior towards our staff. We ask that all passengers treat our staff with respect and courtesy at all times.
- 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 at any time due to weather or tide conditions or if viable passenger numbers are not reached.


Adult $392.00
Child (4-14) $253.00