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Freedom Whale Watch

1,324 reviews
About Freedom Whale Watch
Freedom III is a comfortable 58ft power catamaran which operates ¾ day whale watch cruises from the Great Sandy Straits Marina in Urangan Harbour. Departing at 9:30 and returning after 4:00pm allows you plenty of time with the awe-inspiring humpback whales in Platypus Bay. The cruise along pristine Fraser Island’s western beaches can offer sightings of dingoes, schooling fish and numerous sea birds. Expert commentary by our knowledgeable skipper will keep you entertained as well as DVD’s on the plasma TV. Colouring activities and soft toys will keep the children amused and if they are tired we have 3 double beds. Home-baked morning tea, tropical buffet lunch as well as fruit and cheese platters for the return trip are all included as well as tea, coffee, water and soft drinks all day. With maximum passenger numbers of 45 and three levels of viewing your whale watch experience will be memorable, informative and uncrowded. Outside of whale season Freedom III is available for Mother shipping charters. These trips are usually for 3 days and 2 nights and fish the abundant waters of Fraser Island. Get a group together for some great fishing action with experienced guides in smaller boats. The month of November is great for sportsfishing in Hervey Bay with the migrating juvenile black marlin visiting these waters. We work in Conjunction with Hervey Bay Fly and Sportfishing to provide Mothershipping for his groups of guests. Freedom III can also be hired for private day charters or overnight trips on the Great Sandy Strait. Your choice of activities: crabbing, boom-netting, swimming, sight-seeing and cruising the sheltered waterways between Fraser Island and the Mainland.
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Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic day out: comfortable boat, plenty of yummy food & drink, all amenities you could wish for including seasick tablets, comfortable seating indoor & out, interesting reading & FABULOUS whale encounters. These guys are very knowledgeable & have the skills & experience to provide plenty...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Herring67
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

OMG what a time, staff could not have been more friendly, whales really put on a show and the amount of food and the quality was amazing a must for anyone.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Leanne K
Reviewed October 20, 2018

Keith and the crew spent the extra time and trouble to make sure we had a fantastic day even though it was late in the season and harder to find whales. Professional and all up a great day from every aspect. Greg.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GregB3743
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

We had a great day out and saw lots of whales also some turtles. Captain and his team were very knowledgeable and looked after everyone very well. The only negative is if you are older and a bit unsteady I did find it difficult walking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank O4570CEjanb
Reviewed October 17, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

The Freedom III catamaran has got 360 degrees views, three levels of platforms, including a water level one, delicious on board chef prepared food (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea), undercover and open seating, hydrophone and an extremely hardworking and knowledgeable crew. Skipper Keith, Dave...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank theninans
Reviewed October 13, 2018

The whole day from start to finish was fantastic. The crew were super friendly and fun, know how to look after everyone and kept the day enjoyable. The whales were found and the experience was truly spectacular and will live long in the memory. If...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank WanderingEmGee
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

GREAT experience, terrific good food, nice people working on boat, so interesting tips about whales, respect of them, the nature, and WAOUW, crazy experience with those whales there ! We will never forget ! ❤️😇

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sweetholyghost
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review. We are thrilled that you had wonderful whale encounters onboard Freedom III

Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

What an amazing day!!! A group of 4 us debated long and hard as there are many companies to choose from. However Freedom’s 3/4 day tour won and it was perfect. We would have felt rushed had we gone on a 1/2 day. Other reviewers...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank drewmacknz
Reviewed October 10, 2018

We went late in the season and were so lucky to see many mothers and calves. The staff were friendly, professional and helpful. The food was great and there was lots of it. Thoroughly recommend these guys for a tour.

Date of experience: October 2018
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March 19, 2018|
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Response from SMR1958 | Property representative |
I very much doubt there will be reliable whale sightings in June as we don't get the whales in the bay on their northern migration. They come into the bay on their return journey to the Antarctic Ocean and our tours commence... More
December 28, 2016|
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Response from SMR1958 | Property representative |
It is not whale watch season till July but there is still heaps to do around Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast. Boating wise there are dolphin cruises with Blue Dolphin Marine tours, Beach and BBQ on Fraser Island with... More
Meera I
December 8, 2016|
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Response from SMR1958 | Property representative |
Hi, Meera, There are no Whales this late in the year. You may find Dolphins and the best cruise to see dolphins is Blue Dolphin Cruises also on Trip advisor. Our Whales are here from mid July to the end of October. Cheers... More