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Quick Cat II Whale Watch from Hervey Bay

Adults from $100

Tour with the pioneers of whale watching in Australia, with an option to swim with whales or spend the afternoon on Fraser Island!

Highlights

  • Swim with the whales experience (only boat in Hervey Bay)
  • Option to have lunch and spend an afternoon at Kingfisher Bay Resort
  • One of the most stable vessels
  • 360 degree viewing
  • Earliest tour start available (7am)

Inclusions

  • Light breakfast (e.g. cereals, yoghurt, fruit, donuts and pikelets) - morning tour only for Hervey Bay guests
  • Morning Tea or Afternoon Tea
  • Lunch (included with Kingfisher Bay Package only)
  • Pickup From Your Accommodation
  • Accredited Commentary
  • Free kids activity booklet
  • Guaranteed Sightings or a Free Recruise

Vessel Features

  • Hydrophone
  • Underwater Camera
  • Water Level View
  • Spotter Plane (on stand-by)
  • Kiosk On Board
  • Licensed
  • Wheelchair access (deck and toilets)
  • Undercover and open seating/viewing
  • Eco Accredited

Vessel Specs

  • Tour Group Size: 95ppl max
  • Vessel Capacity: 100ppl
  • Type: Motor
  • Length: 19m
  • Speed: 21-27 knots

You’re in good hands with the highly awarded Quick Cat II, as you’ll be cruising with the couple who pioneered whale watching in Australia in the late 1980s, and on one of the most stable vessels in Hervey Bay. It’s a perfect family day out!

The tour leaves from both Hervey Bay and Fraser Island (Kingfisher Bay Resort - morning only), and includes a free pick up from your Hervey Bay accommodation so you can take advantage of the fully licensed boat! And to keep the kids entertained, each child receives a booklet with activities, colouring in, puzzles, pictures and more. You can even purchase a DVD of the tour for posterity.

Like most tours available, the boat is equipped with a hydrophone to hear the whales and an underwater camera, a water-level viewing platform and 360 degree views from the boat, and includes complementary morning/afternoon tea and hot or cold snacks (for purchase). It is also one of the most wheelchair accessible vessels, with wide decks and at-level facilities.

Because the morning tour goes via Kingfisher Bay Resort, guests have the option to add lunch at the resort and spend the afternoon there before returning back to Hervey Bay.

*NEW* Swim with the whales experience: For an additional $95, guests can now swim with the whales in Hervey Bay. Please note this unique experience is subject to weather conditions, the behaviour of the whales, and the presence of calves.

Rated: 54321 (5.0/5 based on 4 customer reviews)


54321 We had an amazing day very friendly and knowledgeable staff. up lose with some very active whales. lovely home cooked muffins for afternoon tea. What a brilliant experience will definitely be back
Sandra Maney — 21 September, 2015

54321 Just superb. The whales were quite amazing. Right up close to the boat which they seemed more than happy to do. Great day out - thoroughly recommend. Crew was friendly and knowledgeable too.
ben phillips — 30 July, 2015

54321 It was absolutely fantastic experience for me and my boys. Picking up service, welcomed at office, boarding, morning tea, lunch were well organised. Most of all, we really appreciated your hospitality and taking us to the right spot for whale watching. I never expected that close encounter with the gigantic creatures. I certainly recommend the Quick Cat 2 to my friends, it was perfect boat for the tour, plenty of seats, different floor level provided us unique view and we almost touched the whale from the side of the boat. Thank you so much, you made our holiday very special. We defininitely want to come back again to enjoy your tour.
Takeaki — 13 July, 2012

54321 It was absolutely fantastic experience for me and my boys. Picking up service, welcomed at office, boarding, morning tea, lunch were well organised. Most of all, we really appreciated your hospitality and taking us to the right spot for whale watching. I never expected that close encounter with the gigantic creatures. I certainly recommend the Quick Cat 2 to my friends, it was perfect boat for the tour, plenty of seats, different floor level provided us unique view and we almost touched the whale from the side of the boat. Thank you so much, you made our holiday very special. We defininitely want to come back again to enjoy your tour.
Jarad Higgins — 11 July, 2012

Pricing

​Peak price applies to the morning departures, and Off Peak price applies to the afternoon departures.

Ticket Off-peak Peak Details
Adults $110 $120 Kingfisher Bay Resort Lunch: $145
Children (4-14 yrs) $60 $60 Kingfisher Bay Resort Lunch: $95
Concession $100 $110 Kingfisher Bay Resort Lunch: $140
Family (2ad+2ch) $299 $299 Kingfisher Bay Resort Lunch: $450
Family+ (Extra Child) $349 $299 ($50 per extra child, $95 if including resort lunch)
Infants (0-3) Free Free

Calendar

Availability: These tours depart daily from 3 July to 31 October! Two tours run each day, with the morning tour departing at 7am and returning at 12:30pm, and the afternoon tour departing at 1pm and returning at 5pm (25 July - 31 October). Located at Berth A1, Great Sandy Straits Marina. Please note: From 3 - 31 July, the Morning tour runs from 8am and returns at 1:30pm. Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island Lunch Option: If you travel on the Morning tour from 1 August (7am to 12:30pm) you have the option of spending the afternoon at Kingfisher Bay Resort with lunch at 12pm followed by the use of the resort until the 2pm or 5pm ferry (you decide which one!)


Season Calendar

1/2 Day Morn 3 July - 31 October
1/2 Day Aft 25 July - 31 October

Schedule

Departures: These tours depart daily from 3 July to 31 October! Two tours run each day, with the morning tour departing at 7am and returning at 12:30pm, and the afternoon tour departing at 1pm and returning at 5pm (25 July - 31 October). Located at Berth A1, Great Sandy Straits Marina. Please note: From 3 - 31 July, the Morning tour runs from 8am and returns at 1:30pm. Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island Lunch Option: If you travel on the Morning tour from 1 August (7am to 12:30pm) you have the option of spending the afternoon at Kingfisher Bay Resort with lunch at 12pm followed by the use of the resort until the 2pm or 5pm ferry (you decide which one!)

  Start Finish Duration
Morning Tour 7:00am 12:30pm 5.50 hrs
Afternoon Tour 1:00pm 5:00pm 4.00 hrs

Our Tour Review

Things to Consider

  • There is wheelchair access on the wide deck and to the toilets, making this the most suitable tour for the mobility-impaired.
  • The morning cruise travels via Kingfisher Bay to pick up and drop off guests, hence the slightly longer tour time and higher price. If you’re short on time, you may prefer the afternoon cruise or one of the other half-day tours available.
  • If time isn’t an issue, then you might want to think about either staying for lunch at the resort or even overnight. The lunch option means you’ll enjoy a delicious meal and have use of the resort until the afternoon ferry back to Hervey Bay (see the Tour Availability and Pricing for more information and cost). Note that the ferry does not drop you back at the same place you departed the tour from at Hervey Bay, so you’ll need to take a free shuttle from the ferry stop to get back to the marina. If you’d like to stay overnight, then why not add a Kingfisher Bay package?
  • Swimming with whales is incredible… if you’re able to do it. However, even if the tour staff give the green light to a swim that day, it’s not guaranteed for all guests who want to because there is a limit of 4 people at any time. For this reason, guests would only pay the additional cost if they actually get into the water (the suit, life vest, snorkel and mask are provided). So please keep this in mind to avoid any disappointment.
  • What to bring? We recommend you wear flat shoes and bring your camera, sunscreen and a hat, a warm jacket, and money for food/drinks/souvenirs (since there are hot snacks available, too).

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