Fraser Island Whale Watching
Fraser Island provides the perfect opportunity to experience two of the regions natural wonders: world heritage listed Fraser Island the largest sand island in the world, and the migrating humpback whales in the whale watching capital of the world.
For whale watcing tours in the Fraser Island and Hervey Bay area, visit: Fraser Island Whale Watching.
Due to the way Fraser Island is situated to the mainland, creates the clear, calm and safe waters of Hervey Bay which are protected from the ocean swells and winds, ideal for whales and whale watchers alike. The Hervey Bay marine park is the only known resting area on the whales' twelve thousand km annual migration.
Enormous, acrobatic and inquisitive, the humpback whale is one of the truly great animals of the world and an awe-inspiring sight for those who encounter it. each year, whale watchers are regularly treated to magnificent displays of tail and pectoral slapping as well as breaching.
A fully grown adult can weigh in at a massive 45 tonnes and measure between 10 and 15 metres in length, Humpbacks are generally blackish with white underneath and at the sides. The flippers or pectoral fins are mottled on top and white below.
The underside of the tail fluke usually is white with black patterning, by which each animal can be identified. Jaws and flippers often carry large barnacles. Knobby protuberances on the head are called tubercles, each with a long coarse hair growing from its centre which is believed to act as a sensor like a human hair.
Humpback Whales have become totally at ease with the Hervey Bay whale watch fleet and often swim up close to the vessels, this is truly an experience of a lifetime and should not be missed. The Whale Watch Season operates between July and November each year, choosing a vessel can be found on the below Whale Watching link.
Fraser Island is well known as the worlds largest sand island, this is an area of remarkable natural beauty and dynamic change. Its international significance was highlighted by its World Heritage Listing in 1992.
Fraser Island is a place of exceptional features, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, its majestic tall rainforests and numerous freshwater lakes of crystal clear waters.
Fraser Island has at least 40 lakes including half of the world's perched dune lakes. Lake Boomanjin, the largest perched lake in the world and is one of the island's most picturesque. Fraser Island is a unique wilderness area which offers an incredible variety of unique scenery that has to be seen to be appreciated.
There is a variety of ways for visitors to experience this natural wonder, self drive, camping, or maybe a guided tour with one of the islands professional operators. A list of Fraser Island Tour operators can be found on the by following the Fraser Island links below.