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Freedom Whale Watch

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Great Sandy Straits Marina, | 17 Buccaneer Drive, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
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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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Great Sandy Straits Marina, | 17 Buccaneer Drive, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2018

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Reviewed December 27, 2017

This trip is highly recommended. From the moment we were picked up at our accommodation until we returned at the end of the day we felt that we were treated to a very professional experience. Skipper Keith and crew Karen & Bill couldn't have looked...More

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SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2017

Thanks for your lovely review. Great to hear you enjoyed the whales and our hospitality. Hope to welcome you back on a finer weather day next time you visit a Hervey Bay.

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Reviewed November 13, 2017

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Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

Great day out, friendly skipper and crew thanks Keith, Terry and Ivan. The food was fantastic. Loved the whale breaching and just watching the majestic creatures swimming

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SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2017

Thank you, Its always a pleasure to show just what the humpbacks can do. Sometimes just being in there presence is enough but you were lucky enough to see a breach or 2...Hope to see you in the future Keith

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

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Maz560
March 19, 2018|
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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
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pg01
December 28, 2016|
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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
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Meera I
December 8, 2016|
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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
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