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Whale watching and fishing at Hervey Bay

Updated on December 21, 2012

Hervey Bay - a natural wonderland

It is whale watching season in Hervey Bay as I create this Squidoo lens, my 100th. My business partner and her family have taken off to see the whales in this school holiday period, so I thought I would dedicate this lens to whale watching in Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay is both a natural bay and a city of Queensland located 3 1/2 hours (290 klms) from Brisbane. The natural bay lies between World Heritage listed Fraser Island and the Queensland mainland.

The local tourism industry thrives on the natural beauty of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island and the excitement of whale watching and sports fishing. The historical city of Maryborough lies 30 minutes by car to the South West of Hervey Bay.

Photo Credit: Hervey Bay by GregTheBusker on Flickr (cropped image)

Annual Humpback Whale Migration

From August to October, humpback whales when migrating south to the Antarctic stop in the calm waters of Hervey Bay Marine Park to nurture their calves and to play and rest.

When the whales enter the area off the coast of Fraser Island (Platypus Bay), they "suddenly stop their migration style swimming and relax with the females concentrating on feeding, preparing their young calves for the 5,000 km journey and teaching them the art of survival" (from Whale Watch).

The whales seem to thrive on the attention of visitors to the area and provide spontaneous, acrobatic shows (much like the exhibitionist dolphins).

Photo Credit: Southern Humpback Whales in Platypus Bay by Richard.Fisher on Flickr.

(The whale in the foreground (to the left of the image) is a calf, and behind is the calf's mother. Fraser Island is in the background.)

Our Whale Watching Experience

Well my wife and I went to Fraser Island to watch the whales some time ago. Unfortunately the seas were very rough and we were not able to get out of Hervey Bay.

However, my consolation was that we stopped in the Bay to do some deep sea fishing. I caught a mackerel, the largest fish I have ever caught. We were able to have mackerel steaks on the barbecue when we returned to Brisbane.

Earlier this year, we were on Stradbroke Island (further South, off Brisbane) having a cup of coffee at a Cafe overlooking the sea. As we sat at our table looking seaward, there was a stunning procession of whales in pairs and threes heading north on their annual migration to the warmer waters for breeding. The whales leaped out of the water, lifted their huge heads, waved their flippers and splashed their powerful tails as they dived and rolled. The whale parade lasted around 15 minutes.

(Editor's note: I suddenly realized as I was creating this module that my 50th lens [Giant Squid] was created about whale watching on Stradboke Island as the whales were heading North - what synchronicity!).

Hervey Bay Whale Watching

Hervey Bay Fishing

Other things to do in Hervey Bay (besides fishing and whale watching)

Please feel free to add comments about Hervey Bay or this lens - much appreciated.

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      purplelady 7 years ago

      What a great lens you did for your 100th. I am updating my Festival of Whales lens ( with some featured lenses and this is definitely going to be one of them. As always, you have done an awesome job on this lens. 5 whales and a featured lensroll.

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      You said the magic words! Whale Watching! Every year my husband asks me, "what do you want for your birthday?" I say, "I want to go whale watching." Unfortunately, we are now in the middle of America, and not a whale in sight. In California we usually watched the gray whales.

      I miss my whales. Can I come visit you?

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      Travel_Tips 8 years ago

      Can't wait till whales fill start passing Sydney on their way back South :)

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      reasonablerobby 8 years ago

      Congrats on lens 100 Ron! This looks great, if on;y it was a bus ride from the UK I'd be there in a flash!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      An absolutely awesome lens, maybe some day I will get to see the whales!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I always wanted to go whale angling at Hervey Bay. Hopefully, Santa will bring me a real strong fishing pole and I'll come see you in Spring, Ron! Blessings and congrats on your latest record, m'friend! :-)

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your big 1-0-0! I have yet to see a whale but it is very high on my bucket list. Beautiful lens, Ron, makes we want to visit Hervey Bay!

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      This is my 100th lens - wow! But what synchronicity! I created this lens on whale watching in Hervey Bay (100th lens) as the whales are moving South towards Stradbroke Island. I had unwittingly created my 50th lens about Stradbroke Island when the whales were moving north towards Hervey Bay. I rediscovered this as I was adding the hyperlink for the Stradbroke Island lens.