Noosa Whale Watching

The sight of a humpback whale 'breaching' is one of those rare and unforgettable encounters with nature. For four months of each year, this astonishing spectacle is only a short journey from Noosa. From August to November each year, the Fraser Coast is home to this very special natural event. In the protected waters of Platypus Bay, off Hervey Bay, pods of humpback whales can been seen swimming and frolicking as they take a break from their long journey.

Each year they travel from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the balmy waters off Queensland to breed or give birth. On their return journey, the whales seek out the playground off the Fraser Coast to rest and allow the new calves to gain strength before beginning the long trip south.

This rare opportunity to witness the whales during this time has made Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast one of Australia's most popular destinations for whale watching.

Several tour operators take whale watchers on day tours to be a part of this special natural phenomenon. If you are fortunate enough to be visiting Noosa at this time of year, make a whale-watching trip a special priority.