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'That's Awesome' Whale Watching Tour, Hervey Bay

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by Jane Street (subscribe)
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Published September 24th 2012
Get eye-to-eye with a Humpback whale
Whale Watching Hervey Bay
Whale Watching in Hervey Bay


Whale watching in Hervey Bay is an experience not to be missed during the whale migration season (June - November). There are nine whale watching operators running out of Hervey Bay. We were keen to find a small vessel and a no frills trip, hoping to avoid the 'big tour' feel so chose "That's Awesome". The company certainly lived up to its name and we had an incredible experience.

That's Awesome was the first operator to start up in Hervey Bay and they have over 25 years experience. The tour felt small and personal, just as we had hoped. There are three That's Awesome tours to choose from - Dawn, Day and Dusk Patrol. We went on the Day Patrol, leaving the Bay at 10.30 returning at 13.30 and shared the experience with about 15 others.

Whale Watch Hervey Bay
Great viewing spots all around the boat


The boat itself is the fastest of the Hervey Bay whale watching vessels and the 30 minute ride out into Platypus Bay was really enjoyable. It can get quite breezy and splashy at high speed, so it's worth bringing warm clothes and raincoats. The crew had some spare jackets (including a children's size) available to borrow.

That's Awesome Whale Watch Hervey Bay
Whizz out to Platypus Bay on the high speed RIB


I really enjoyed being on a small boat, with all viewing at water level, allowing us to get 'eye-to-eye' with the whales. There is a viewing deck around the whole boat and plenty of space for all the passengers, so it was easy to move around to follow the whales and I never felt like I was struggling to get a great view. There were small gates on both sides of the boat which made perfect viewing spots for my nearly 3-year old to be able to look out safely without needing to be lifted up.

Whale Watching Hervey Bay
Great viewing spot for children


The commentary on the tour was great with whale facts casually shared throughout the trip - no dull monologue being read out to the masses on a microphone here.

We saw plenty of whales within a few metres of the boat. Seeing a Humpback swimming under our boat and waving its fin close by was truly thrilling. The That's Awesome booklet included a great spotters chart outlining the various whale 'moves' from the "Peduncle Slap" to the "Head Lunge".

Whale Watch Hervey Bay
Whale Spotters Chart


The trip is a 'no frills' tour, so there is no lunch provided. However it's possible to buy reasonably priced chocolate bars and beers or soft drinks on board.

See That's Awesome website for more details and booking.

See www.herveythewhale.com for bookings
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Why? Get eye-to-eye with a Humpback
When: June - November
Where: Hervey Bay
Cost: $110 per adult, $70 per child (under 4's free)
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