Eco-Accredited Freedom Whale Watch cruises the western beaches of Fraser Island en route to Platypus Bay in search of the friendly Humpback Whales which visit Hervey Bay between July and October each year. Delicious morning tea is served while travelling north to the whale watch area. Fresh baked scones, jam and cream along with decadent chocolatey profiteroles comprise the morning tea as well as hot coffee, tea and filtered water.
Upon reaching the whale watch area, from 1/2 to one hour away from departure guests are encouraged to search for obvious whale behaviours such as tail-slapping, fin waving, breaching and the mist from the breath as the whale blows when it surfaces to breathe. Several pods of whales are usually encountered before lunch and can often be observed while eating the plated lunch of hot chicken wings, 2 cold meats, 3 salads and warm bread rolls.
Guests continue whale watching and possible hearing whale song on the hydrophone during the afternoon. Dolphins, turtles, sea birds and occasionally a dingo on the remote western Fraser Island beaches can also be observed. Fantastic photo opportunities are always plentiful.
On the return trip to the harbour afternoon tea of fresh fruit and cheese platters are served and there is always the possibility of more whale encounters.
Return to the Marina is not before 3:30pm.
Courtesy transfers from Hervey Bay accommodation is available but free parking is plentiful at the marina too. Low passenger numbers, maximum 46, on our 58 foot catamaran make for a comfortable and relaxing day tour.