Fraser Island Whale Watch Encounter

Fraser Island Whale Watch Encounter

8 hours Urangan, Australia

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This seasonal whale watching tour takes you aboard a 24-passenger sailing catamaran from Hervey Bay to Platypus Bay at Frasier Island. An immersive platform lets you observe a humpback whale underwater while you listen to sound waves by hydrophone. Morning and afternoon tea are served along with a buffet lunch and beverage during the full-day tour.
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Stop At: Hervey Bay, Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast, Queensland

After hotel pickup in the morning, board the Blue Dolphin, a 38-foot (11.6-meter) eco-friendly catamaran departing Great Sandy Straits Marina at Hervey Bay. This modern and luxurious sailing vessel is well-appointed with plenty of shaded seating areas and wide, flat decks — perfectly suited for up to 24 passengers. 

Duration: 7 hours

Stop At: Platypus Bay, Australia

This long-running and award-winning whale watching tour heads out to Platypus Bay, situated on the western side of Fraser Island. Marine life abounds in the region, from the little-known Australian humpback dolphins to the well-known humpback whales that visit during the winter months.

Pass By: Fraser Island, Fraser Island, Fraser Coast, Queensland

Throughout the day you will be offered the opportunity to see the whales, including from an immersive platform. An informative talk is given by your skipper, who shares more than 30 years of experience working with marine mammals. Your guide's knowledge of the animals and the marine environment ensures a unique experience. Reference material is also available along with a hydrophone on board to hear the migratory mammals underwater. 


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Lunch and beverage
  • Afternoon tea
  • National park fees


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Tourist Terminal, Urangan QLD 4655, Australia

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (best suited to children 8 years and older)
  • Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Tour may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized


253 Reviews

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44jacquew October 2021

Amazing, seriously the best people running this tour and the most fun we have had. The drinks flowed and nibbles were continuous

Chris P October 2021

It was a great day out! A little choppy but really enjoyed the smaller group, the guides and the food was great too! We chose Blue Dolphin because it was a full day which we thought gave us a better chance of seeing whales and we were not disappointed.

bradynandm October 2021

This is the second time we have done this amazing tour and it never disappoints. The captain Pete is a world of knowledge on whales and marine life and his enthusiasm when encountering whales is like the first time he's seen one . All the staff on boat are Amazing and attentive. The booking was seamless. We have no hesitation in recommending in this company

Michelle M October 2021

Wow !! We had a Fantastic day whale watching ! Peter and Cassie were the perfect hosts providing us with not only a memorable experience but a wealth of local knowledge and a real insight to the pods we were lucky enough to encounter. Lunch was delicious and all dietary needs covered and nothing was a problem. Highly recommend Blue Dolphin Marine Tours

Greg B October 2021

A great day with great crew and a very informative tour. Can’t be missed. The boat was immaculate, and the facilities first class.

Shelly1905 October 2021

Myself and my family had a great experience with Peter and crew. Wasn't disappointed, A pod was playing for 2 hours and just memorable memories. Would recommend and will be going again next season.

780filipag October 2021

An amazing experience. Even better than I had anticipated. We were able to experience a humpback pod in close proximity. The vessel had a lot of vantage points around the deck. Delicious food. Lovely staff.

EstherOlimpica October 2021

These guys are the best in the field! Beautiful day, amazing experience, excellent service. We have done our Whale Watching with them for 3 consecutive seasons and it never disappoints! We will be back next year!

Jengirl_11 October 2021

The knowledge of the team, the most amazing staff and of course the whales. The day was perfect. Do yourself a favor and go.

Rachel T September 2021

We had a glorious day out and Pete and Cassie were excellent guides/ hosts. Their love and respect for the environment was really obvious and their extensive knowledge of the whales really enhanced the experience. The food and hospitality were fantastic and the boat was in perfect condition. Thanks so much!

rhondae116 September 2021

My husband and I were under the incorrect assumption that if we did a cruise on a sail boat we would be privy to sailing without the aid of motors. On our return journey a passenger asked if we would be under sail. The mainsail was the only one raised and the journey continued with the motors running on full power. We also feel that the minimum age of children on the boat should be 12. We were unlucky enough to be subjected to a child of approximately 9 years, who was not restrained by her parents, and constantly ran around for the 9 hours she was on board, annoying not only us but other passengers. Unfortunately the whales were not active on the day. But this in no way reflected on Pete who tried his hardest to locate them. His knowledge of the species and their habits was extremely informative. The catering was excellent, both in quality and quantity. The boat and amenities were exceptionally clean.

fionac670 September 2021

Skipper was informative and a great host. We really enjoyed the catamaran and small group experience. The whales did not disappoint! Would definitely go again with Blue Dolphin.

Carryn2013 September 2021

What a fabulous day! Amazing catamaran, service was first class from crew Caralina and Peter. Amazing food and full day out. Low numbers (max24) on board meant no fighting for position to see. Peter got us to the right spots for incredible whale sightings and even hearing them with a hydrophone. Would highly recommend!

Wayne S September 2021

What a great day out on the water (16th Sep 2021), we were more than happy with Peter and his crew. My wife and I were looked after from start to finish, especially my wife who has food intolerances. The crew made sure she was fed well and it just kept coming. I appreciated Peter's passion for the environment and the whales, he was very knowledgeable and a very experienced skipper. We loved the small group and will certainly be back for more. Thank you again Peter for an amazing experience.

Jan G September 2021

This was an amazing trip! We have been whale watching in other parts of Queensland, and this was on a different scale altogether. Peter was friendly and very knowledgeable, and the food was excellent and plentiful. It was very enjoyable to be on a boat that has a maximum of 24 people, as there was no problem with being able to watch the magnificent creatures but also room to sit comfortably. The highlight I guess, was the fact that after Peter had said it was time to turn for home, several pods of whales appeared and he allowed us to stop and watch the fun. We were 90 minutes late returning to shore without a word of complaint from either crew or passengers!

davidcX72RO September 2021

My wife and I have been whale watching in Hervey Bay for more than 30 years now. Blue Dolphin is our favourite tour by far, and the only one we have been out on over the past few years. Peter and the staff are knowledgeable, and wonderful to deal with, nothing is ever too much trouble. Can't wait for next year!

Kym C September 2021

This is the best Whale Watching Encounter that you can ever do. I will not go on any other boat -- the service is fantastic and the knowledge that Peter has about the whales is beyond compare See you again next year

647shirleyd September 2021

Had an absolutely wonderful day out on the water. Saw lots of whales and Pete's knowledge of the whales plus getting to listen to the male whale's "song" made my day. The food was delicious and plentiful. A great trip, one well worth doing.

vandy26 September 2021

Excellent hosts, with a lot of local knowledge. We saw a lot of whales- and relaxed on the boat while we were fed almost every hour. Highly recommend!

CynthyaP3 September 2021

Having chartered The Blue Dolphin for 3 days to have an exclusive group experience with the Whales has left my heart overflowing with gratitude. Our group's intention was to immerse with the Galactic Heart of the Whale. Pete and his crew surpassed all expectations, so accommodating for all requests, it was the best tailor made experience ever. No words can do justice to the amazing adventure each and everyone of us had. Do yourself a favour and experience this true wonder. I have reserved my dates for next year.

Neale B September 2021

We chose this full day whale watching tour out of Hervey Bay for the smaller group size and more intimate experience and we were so happy we did! We saw a number of pods of whales and, although we had been whale watching before, it never ceases to amaze us to see the whales swimming and playing. Being in a smaller vessel helps to bring you closer to that experience. Peter has a wealth of knowledge. The cruise was well-catered with delicious food and plenty of it. We were able to enjoy some sailing on our return journey which was a peaceful end to a lovely day. Thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this experience!

sandymK6377XR September 2021

Had an awesome day out. Saw a lot of whales and wonderful to hear them sing. Peter was great at sharing his knowledge and finding whales without other boats. Having the full day out was a treat. Food was delicious. Well worth the money!

elvisleahy September 2021

Great day out with Pete and Hayley. Pleasant cruise, great locations, plenty of whales doing their thing and Pete had us drifting down nearby and they came right up to the BD. Catering and facilities were great. Totally recommend Pete and his clean comfy boat. Our second tour with Pete in 12 months.

C1800CZmichaelw September 2021

Very enjoyable day out. Very professional crew and lots of whales! Peter was a very informative skipper with a lot of experience. We’ll be doing the dolphin tour with the little ones next time.
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