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Spirit Of Hervey Bay: Half Day Whale Watching Cruises


Departure Times

Departs: 8.30am & 1.30pm - Daily
Returns: 1.00pm & 5.30pm - Daily
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Hang out with Humpbacks on the Spirit of Hervey Bay for a spectacular day of marine magic!

  • Score a front-row seat and witness playful whale behaviour in the crystal waters of Hervey Bay 
  • Spot whales, turtles, dolphins, seabirds, fish and Fraser Island's magnificent scenery from our six spacious viewing decks
  • Our friendly crew of locals will illuminate the underwater world of Humpback whales and give you fun facts about Fraser Island
  • Smooth sailing at a quick 22 knots will optimise your day, giving you plenty of time to rub shoulders with the majestic mammals of Hervey Bay

2023 Whale Watching Season: July 16th to October 24th on the Spirit of Hervey Bay

The Spirit of Hervey Bay will take you on an unforgettable experience, as you come face-to-face with massive and marvellous Humpback whales. These friendly, inquisitive creatures are known to be just as curious about humans as we are about them, so hop on board to witness the incredibly playful Humpbacks of Hervey Bay. Our whale watching tours are perfect for everyone, so don't miss the breathtaking opportunity to immerse yourself in what is truly the spirit of Hervey Bay.


  • Cruise on our spacious and stable luxury catamaran
  • Unbelievable whale interactions bound to amaze!
  • Heaps of personal viewing space
  • Six viewing decks spread out over five levels 
  • Unique underwater viewing rooms 
  • Guaranteed whale sightings
  • Friendly and knowledgeable commentary from our crew
  • Onboard hydrophone to listen to the whales' songs! 
  • A fast ride for more whale watching and less travelling
  • Kids activities to keep the little ones happy
  • Friendly, welcoming and accessible for everyone!
  • Air-conditioned comfort
  • Delicious, complimentary morning and afternoon tea
  • Fully licensed 
  • Souvenir kiosk
  • 30 years of family-owned and operated whale watching - we know what we're doing!

Cruise times:

Morning Whale Watch - 8.30 am to 1.00 pm (4.5 hours)  

Afternoon Whale Watch - 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm (4 hours)

These times are a rough indication of the scheduled tours, we are known to linger a little longer with the magnificent whales and really soak up their wonder!

Guaranteed Sightings

The Spirit of Hervey Bay offers a guarantee on whale sightings. If you travel between 10 August to 10 October, and you don't see any whales on your tour, you will be offered a free return cruise ticket.

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What To Bring

Wear comfy shoes and bring a small bag, including:

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Polaroid sunglasses
  • Money for drinks and souvenirs

Check out our tips on packing for your whale watching tour here.

We are a licenced vessel.

What's Included

  • Courtesy transfers between Hervey Bay tourist accommodation and marina
  • Complimentary morning and afternoon tea
  • Free Wifi connection
  • Kids activities
  • Hydrophone broadcast whale songs
  • Exper...

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What To Bring

Wear comfy shoes and bring a small bag, including:

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Polaroid sunglasses
  • Money for drinks and souvenirs

Check out our tips on packing for your whale watching tour here.

We are a licenced vessel.

What's Included

  • Courtesy transfers between Hervey Bay tourist accommodation and marina
  • Complimentary morning and afternoon tea
  • Free Wifi connection
  • Kids activities
  • Hydrophone broadcast whale songs
  • Expert commentary on the whales and features of Fraser Island
  • Guaranteed sightings or free return cruise

What's Extra

  • Money for drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Spirit of Hervey Bay is a licensed vessel, no BYO

Terms and Conditions

Your Responsibilities:

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Fraser Tours/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.

Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


Client Cancellations:

No shows or client cancellations made within 24 hours of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price. 

Fraser Tours are required to notify the operator of any cancellations within the specified cancellation period (24 hours). It is your responsibility to make sure you submit your cancellation request with adequate time, and during standard business hours (9am-5pm), to allow us to contact the tour provider.

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel/Fraser Tours. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

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