Hervey Bay declared No.1 whale spot on planet

A POPULAR travel website has named Hervey Bay the number one place on the planet to go whale watching.

Writing of her whale-watching experience for, Christina Pfeiffer said: "There's no doubt in my mind that Hervey Bay is the best place in the world to watch whales."

Bobbie Hayter, manager of the Spirit of Hervey Bay whale watching tours, says she agrees.

"We might be a bit biased, but definitely," she said.


1. Longest living dingo found on Fraser Island

2. Lowest rate rise in QLD major councils

3. Qantas pulls Sydney flight while airport numbers rise

She says the behaviour of the humpback whales when they visit Hervey Bay is what makes the city such a popular destination.

A whale approaches the boat and blows through its blowhole, to the delight of whale watchers.
A whale approaches the boat and blows through its blowhole, to the delight of whale watchers. Jenny Munro

She says while other places offer tours, whale watching in other cities mostly see the behaviour of humpback whales that are busy migrating to their next destination, whereas Hervey Bay is where the whales stop for a while and tourists have unforgettable interactions.

"They come here to rest and play," Ms Hayter said.

She says whales often stay for a few days on their journey back to Antarctica as mothers fattened up their calves to enable their survival in the colder waters.

Topics:  hervey bay whale watching

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Chance for women to play league

IN ACTION: League Tag is coming to the North Burnett with the competition looking for more female players.

Any females over the age of 12 are welcome to participate.

Primary pupil peddling for Project Compassion

GOT THE RIDE IDEA: Shelby Rowles rode 40km to raise money for Project Compassion.

For most 11-year-olds, a weekend bike ride is just for fun.

Local Partners