This sight of Migaloo, the white whale, and his Humpback compatriots making their way along the east coast of Australia has heralded the start of the Southern Humpback migration; but there’s just under a month to go under the official season starts on Queensland’s Fraser Island – where Humpback Whale sightings carry a money-back guarantee.
But who is actually watching whom? Since the commencement of commercial whale watching in the calm, protected waters off World Heritage-listed Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island – back in the late 80s, inquisitive Humpbacks have been invariably drawn by the desire to socialise – and by the whistling, waving their arms and yelling of the whale watchers – for a spot of people watching on the lee side of Fraser.
According to Kingfisher Bay Resort’s General Manager of Tours and Marine, Colin Anderson, this region of Queensland coastline is one of only two places in the world where the Humpback Whales take time out of their migration south to socialise, rest, nurture and perform in the calm waters off Fraser Island.
Whale spotting is so prolific in Platypus Bay, during the official season that runs from 1 August until 31 October that operators offer a money-back guarantee for Humpback sightings.
With all of this in mind, Kingfisher Bay Resort is putting out the call for holidaymakers to “become Humpback eye-candy and book their own Fraser Coast holiday”… and it’s all in the name of helping the holidaying humpbacks get the most out of their seasonal people-watching.
“It’s really a beautiful thing when these giants come along side of the boats and gaze up at the whale watchers, or when we capture them swimming on the underwater cameras and hear their song on the boat’s hydrophone,” Mr Anderson said.
Holidaying Humpbacks And World Heritage-listed Fraser
Once on Fraser Island, half-day Whale Watch trips depart daily from Kingfisher Bay Resort from 8am during the season (1 August until 31 October). Tickets are priced at $110AUD for adults and $70AUD for children aged 4-14. Each ticket sold includes a levy which assists local marine park management, education, ranger patrols, whale monitoring and research.
Longer stay packages start from just $379AUD per person and include two nights at Kingfisher Bay on Fraser’s western side with a BONUS third night free, hot buffet breakfast daily, return passenger ferry transfers ex River Heads and a half-day whale watch cruise with Hervey Bay Whale Watch.
For more information contact your local travel agent or visit www.kingfisherbay.com. You can also follow the Hervey Bay Humpback action on https://www.facebook.com/fraserislandwhalewatch all year-round.
AUSTRALIA: Fraser Island is just offshore from Hervey Bay on Queensland’s east coast and Kingfisher Bay Resort passenger and vehicle ferry services depart daily from River Heads (secure parking is available). Virgin Australia and QantasLink fly to Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast.