HERVEY Bay tourism has been given a boost after going whale watching off the Fraser Coast was nominated one of the top 100 things to do in Australia by a premier tourism industry magazine.
The glossy Australian Traveller listed the whale watching experience as number 38 on the list.
With tourism numbers flat this year, the coming whale watching season is anxiously awaited.
Humpback whales can be up to 15m long and weigh 45 tonnes, yet they leap out of the water like ballerinas.
People go on whale-watching tours all over the world but rarely do they get as close to the enormous creatures as you can in Hervey Bay.
The whales normally arrive each year for calving season between July and November.
There are seven major whale watching charters in Hervey Bay.
They all guarantee that clients will see at least one whale.
The accompanying parade of bottlenose dolphins, turtles and dugongs that is often seen is a bonus.
The whale boats that run out of Hervey Bay have been a driving force in the city’s growing profile in the world of environmental tourism.
The first boats began to take tourists out whale spotting about two decades ago.
Now the whale watching fleet offers a variety of boats and day options to clients wanting to get up close to the sea-bound mammals.