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Freedom Whale Watch

Whale Watch Cruise including Buffet Lunch

Help code: 1504-72B

(4.7)

7 reviews
  • Full day whale watching
  • 3 viewing levels and water-level platform
  • Delicious buffet lunch, morning & afternoon tea
  • Expert commentary from the skipper
  • Eco certified and newly refurbished
  • Complimentary hotel transfers
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Extend your Hervey Bay whale watching cruise experience with an expanded full day itinerary including lunch! Enjoy a fantastic day out on the waters of Hervey Bay to see the amazing humpback whales in their natural environment. Transfers from your accommodation, gourmet morning tea, tasty afternoon tea and a delicious buffet lunch are all included in this fabulous day out with the whales, so you don't have to worry about a thing.

The vessel is a stable and comfortable catamaran with 360 degree viewing on all 3 levels, plus a water level viewing area to get you as close to the whales as possible.

Inclusions

  • Full Day Whale Watch Cruise
  • Courtesy transfers from your accommodation in Hervey Bay
  • Gourmet morning tea - Scones and Profiteroles
  • Cheese and fruit platters for afternoon tea
  • Tropical buffet lunch - 2 cold meats, hot chicken wings, three salads and bread rolls
  • Plenty of time with the whales
  • Filtered, tea and coffee throughout the day
  • FREE Wi-Fi

Highlights

  • 3 viewing levels to experience the whales up close and personal
  • Relaxing on a stable catamaran while our dedicated staff cater for your every need
  • Enjoying the majestic humpback whales playing in the crystal clear waters of Hervey Bay
  • Water level platform operator by a hydraulic system allowing really close viewing to the whales
  • Locally owned and operated with experienced and friendly crew
  • Plenty of time with the whales
  • Expert commentary
  • Licensed bar available
  • Delicious food
  • Informative DVDs

Time

  • Cruises depart the Great Sandy Straits Marina, Hervey Bay at 9.30am (or earlier from your hotel) and returns at 4pm
  • Whale Watching cruises operate daily from mid July to end of October

Hotel Pickup

If you have booked a hotel

  • Prior to completing your purchase, enter your hotel name in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you have not yet booked a hotel

  • If you have not yet booked a hotel, enter the words 'hotel not known' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your hotel pick up time

If you do not require a hotel pick up

  • If you do not require a hotel pick up and will be meeting the tour at the tour departure point, enter the words 'not required' in the 'Add Booking Notes' section of the shopping cart. Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation tour voucher with complete tour operator details. You will be required to contact the tour operator a minimum of 48hrs prior to your day of travel to reconfirm your tour. Tour departure point is listed above and on your confirmation tour voucher

What To Bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Newly Eco certified and refurbished - you are welcome to bring reusable coffee cups

Additional Information

  • This is a small group cruise and only takes a maximum of 49 people

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements *Prices are seasonal and are constantly changing. The from price displayed may not always be the price you are going to pay, as once you click on your specified date, the price will change to reflect the price for that date/season. Please note that in some cases where you cannot click on a date to obtain the price, please call us so we can assist you
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Maria Pascual 2 weeks ago
Being able to behold the magnificent whales, just a couple of meters away from the boat, was definitely a memorable experience. No one having the possibility of doing it should miss it. And our boat, the Freedom III Whale Watch, was a perfect choice. Smaller than other boats shipping from Hervey Bay, it allows you to be closer to the water surface while keeping a great level of comfort for the 40 passengers on board. It had little crew, just the number of people needed, friendly, kind and professional. A lunch buffet enough to get your stomach filled for the trip. But, above everything, a great ability to find where the whales are – without disturbing them, of course – which allowed us to be surrounded by up to seven of them! WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND.
Being able to behold the magnificent whales
Maria Pascual 2 weeks ago

Being able to behold the magnificent whales, just a couple of meters away from the boat, was definitely a memorable experience. No one having the possibility of doing it should miss it. And our boat, the Freedom III Whale Watch, was a perfect choice. Smaller than other boats shipping from Hervey Bay, it allows you to be closer to the water surface while keeping a great level of comfort for the 40 passengers on board. It had little crew, just the number of people needed, friendly, kind and professional. A lunch buffet enough to get your stomach filled for the trip. But, above everything, a great ability to find where the whales are – without disturbing them, of course – which allowed us to be surrounded by up to seven of them! WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND.

Absolutely fantastic
Jill Burton 2 months ago

Absolutely fantastic. The captain and crew were attentive, informative and fun. Freedom was very comfortable and not overcrowded - everyone could get a clear view of the whales. The Captain was brilliant finding whale pods. The food throughout the day was exemplary as well.

We had a lovely day out on Freedom a few weeks back
Annika Dahlberg 11 months ago

We had a lovely day out on Freedom a few weeks back. The crew is very helpful and knowledgeable of the local history which was much appreciated. The food was very good, loved the selection of fruits for afternoon tea. We saw lots of different marine life, we started of with a few dugongs upon leaving the marina. I love it how they go out of their way to see sea turtles and drive along the K'gari coast. So overall it is a very pleasant day out and perfect if you just want to spend a day out on the water. But, unfortunately when it comes to the actual whale watching, I was very disappointed. There was not much respect towards the whales and we were doing more whale chasing than whale watching (as was pointed out by the skipper several times). The whales did not get the space that they require, such as deliberately being approached way closer than 100m and most of our encounters were forced and cut short unfortunately. We did see lots of whales and some of them very close (too close) to the boat. At one point, when a mother and a calf was resting and not moving much, the skipper announced that he would start the engine up to "stir" the whales up. This behavior did unfortunately bring the overall experience down as there was not much respect shown to these amazing whales who deserve space and respect.

Put this on your bucket list
Susan Wilson 1 year ago

Put this on your bucket list! What an experience. We were lucky enough to see 9 pods of Whales during the day. Mother and calf stayed close to the boat and we saw tail splashing, fin cooling and a magnificent breaching. The vessel was comfortable and had many amenities. Plenty of room to move around during the day. Skipper Keith kept us well informed regarding whale facts. Ivan and Dave provided magnificent food and there was plenty for everyone. Just book it!!

I would highly recommend Freedom Whale tour
Peter Hooper 5 years ago

I would highly recommend Freedom Whale tour. The fact that they stay out for the whole day is fantastic as there is no hurry or rush to get you off the boat for the next tour. We had the most unbelievable day with mother and baby coming right up to the boat, whales breaching within metres of the boat, fabulous food and the crew were amazing.

Loved it
Marcia Neal 5 years ago

Loved it, a great day, thank you.

Had the most wonderful day the crew were the most amazing people
Helen Waller 6 years ago

Had the most wonderful day the crew were the most amazing people. It was wonderful it was my husbands 80th birthday on the 28th so it made it more special thank you for arranging the tickets. Would use you again.

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Keith Reid Freedom Whale Watch

Experience close encounters with curious humpback whales and tasty chef prepared food alongside stunning Fraser Island on our full day tour.

Three levels of uninterrupted viewing plus a water level platform, gets you as close to the whales as possible for over 5 hours.
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