Gentle giants holiday in Queensland

Humpback Whale Watching Mooloolaba

The whale watching season in Queensland is now officially open with 40,000 gentle giants holidaying on Queensland’s coastline from June to November.

Queensland’s east coast, also known as the humpback highway, is expected to attract more than 127,000 domestic visitors.

Queensland has a high association as a destination with world-class nature and wildlife experiences with the nature-based travel market being valued at around $5 billion in 2019.

Domestic visitors to Queensland who went whale or dolphin watching has grown by 35.9 per cent over the past year according to Tourism Research Australia data.

Humpback Whale Watching – Sunreef Mooloolaba. Vision courtesy of Geoff Aquino

These gentle giants have already been spotted off the coast of the Gold Coast, passing Stradbroke and Moreton Islands, the Sunshine and Fraser Coasts before heading further north to Bundaberg, the Whitsundays and Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef.

Bookings are still available for a whale-watching experience all along Queensland’s coastline, including in Hervey Bay – the world’s whale-watching capital.

The calm water sheltered by K’gari at Hervey Bay creates the perfect playground for humpback whales. From flipper slaps, blowhole spurts and full-body breaching – the whales put on a show to teach their young, often staying up to 20 days.

Tourism and Events Queensland CEO, Patricia O’Callaghan said “The humpback migration past Queensland’s coastline is nothing short of amazing and we have almost 800 deals currently on offer at Queensland.com, with dozens of packages including whale experiences, so book now and don’t miss out on this whale season.”

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