Jill and Brian Perry are retiring and hope their daughter will take over the whale watching business.
Jill and Brian Perry are retiring and hope their daughter will take over the whale watching business. Alistair Brightman

Perrys getting serious about relaxing – only 27 years late

BRIAN Perry's retirement has been a long time in the making.

It has been 27 years since he and wife Jill moved to Hervey Bay for an early retirement.

But after buying a charter fishing boat, Mr Perry noticed the reaction of the people on board to the presence of the majestic humpback whales they saw regularly in the Bay.

Now, nearly three decades later and after extraordinary success in pioneering Hervey Bay's whale watch industry, Mr Perry is serious about the idea of retirement.

The Perrys' business, Hervey Bay Whale Watch, has been up for sale for the past 12 months and they sold one of their boats, That's Awesome, last year.

Mr Perry said he was at an age where he wanted to do something else but that didn't mean it would not involve whales, and whale watching remains one of the couple's great passions.

The two love Hervey Bay and are committed to remaining in the area.

The Perrys' great hope is that their daughter, Sarah, will take over the family business.

But Mr Perry says he respects that she is leading her own life and if she does take it over, it will be entirely her choice.



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