Whale watching on the Fraser Coast of Queensland is a highly developed industry. There are now around a dozen modern vessels offering whale watching trips to the Platypus Bay area off Fraser Island to see the annual migration of the southern Humpback whales. This is a great place to see them as the waters are fully protected from the ocean swells and it is one of the few places in the world that you can go whale watching in calm water. The whale watching season lasts from July to November each year and there are now thousands of whales that visit the region each year. There is also a wide range of boats on offer to take you out to see the whales. They range from fast rib style boats doing three trips per day through half day trips on large, comfortable ocean going catamarans to beautiful sailing cats fro a really relaxing day out.
Whale watching trips from Hervey Bay dominate the market however you can also join a cruise from Kingfisher Bay resort on Fraser Island. The Fraser Coast is really easy to access with regular flights direct from Brisbane and Sydney, straight to the Fraser Coast airport and most of the whale watching fleet operate a pick up and delivery service that will pick you up from there. local accommodation is plentiful and of a high standard.
There is a choice of hotel or apartment style resorts to choose from and most are three, four or five star rating. Most of this accommodation is in Hervey Bay or on Fraser Island itself. During the whale watching season on the Fraser Coast, tens of thousands of visitors flock to the region so if you are coming during the busy season then it is wise to book well ahead.
There are a number of Fraser Coast holiday packages available that include top class holiday accommodation, whale watching trips and Fraser Island tours and one of these is usually the best way to go.