Giant Humpback whales Pacific Ocean travel north from the Antarctic.
Humpback whales Pacific Ocean at Hervey Bay attracts people from all over the world. The whales have made Hervey Bay a regular stop on their annual migration south. They begin to arrive in Hervey Bay from mid-July, where they remain until late November, before heading south again.. The waters are sheltered by Fraser Island, so the humpbacks usually stop and rest or play – especially with their young for a few days before heading off again. Hervey Bay is Australia’s most popular location for whale watching.
Whale watching in Hervey Bay on the Queensland coast.
The whales are huge.
These two swam right under our boat.
Such a magnificent sight.
Magnificent Humpback whales
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is popular with whale watchers off Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.
Their size is breathtaking
These huge whales really put on a show.
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Humpback whales Pacific Ocean
Truly one of the highlights of our road trip.
I took 3 lovely Japanese students of a 7,300 kilometre “Outback” road trip starting on the gold coast to South Australia, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Airlie Beach and Hervey Bay.
Outback road trip
Here are two good sites, for more information click here. Or for a comparison click here. Hervey Bay is opposite Fraser Island which stretches over 123 kilometers in length and 22 kilometers at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares it is the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island’s World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia’s Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. Fraser Island is a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate and enjoy. Fraser island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly colored sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches. Ancient rain-forests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks. For more information please click here. Whale watching in Hervey Bay is something special, put it on your bucket list. Finally here is a short slide show showing these wonderful Humpback whales having the time of their life.
If you are travelling south make sure you call into Noosa Heads, a delightful village with a nice beach and lots of great restaurants. If you are traveling north Airlie Beach is a “must do” stop. From here you can travel to all the magnificent Whitsunday islands, my personal favorite is Whitehaven beach.
The months from October through to May are “stinger” season. You may want to hire/buy a lycra suit if you plan to swim in the ocean during those months for safety reasons (the stingers can kill) Otherwise you can swim in the lagoon at Airlie Beach and be safe from any stingers. 🙂 To know what is dangerous in the Whitsundays please click here.