Our southern visitors, the Humpback Whales are back and have been sighted off the Sunshine Coast at Coolum Beach heading north to the Hervey Bay region and beyond for their annual migration. Whales have been spotted breaching and putting on quiet a show; they love an audience. Each year between July and November whales can be seen travelling north and south along the coast.
The experience of seeing whales up close is one you will never forget. They are very inquisitive, come close to the boats and really check you out; the louder the oohs and aahs the whales keep coming back. What we found amazing was how the whales are able to lift their heads out of the water have a look around the then go back into the water without a splash. Seeing the whales breaching is incredible – how do they manage to lift that body out of the water.
There are a variety of options for going whale watching from your Coolum Accommodation – Coolum Beach Getaway Resort on the Sunshine Coast. You have the choice of driving to Mooloolaba (approx 20 mins), booking a door to door service to Hervey Bay or if you wish you can drive yourself to Hervey Bay (approx 2 ½ hrs).
You can venture out for a close encounter on smaller boats or larger ones – you are on theopen ocean so you need your sea legs!!!
Departing – Hervey Bay
It is just that, a bay – the water is calmer and there are many operators – they have morning and afternoon tours. When you book a tour you have the luxury of door to door service from your accommodation with a morning tea stop en route. Enjoy lunch before you board the boat ready for your sighting of the whales. Most of the tours now include a whale souvenir DVD.
We are happy to pre book your tour to see these amazing animals at no additional charge.
You too could get as close as we did in the photos above!