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“A fantastic experience, seeing multiple pods of whales”

Freedom Whale Watch
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$96.96*
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Hervey Bay Premium Whale Watching Cruise
Ranked #1 of 29 Tours in Hervey Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A fantastic experience, seeing multiple pods of whales”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

The boat had about 40 people on board but there was plenty of room to move around and get good views and camera shots.

The owner and crew were friendly, knowledgeable, and keen to make it a great experience for all those on board.

Our whale watching trip was on Friday 19 August, 2011.

Graham & Veena

Visited August 2011
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shiro1234, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review, August 22, 2011
Thanks for taking the time to write your review. It is always good to know our guests have had a great day. Your photo is excellent. Hope to see you again when you want to capture great breaching whales again.
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Sale, Australia
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“Truly a FAMILY business.”
Reviewed August 18, 2011

We spent a day on the freedom III with our 3 children (7,5,1) and I can't speak highly enough of the crew. They were welcoming, friendly, informative and attentive. The food was delicious and baked on board as we sailed. Drinks provided all day and an endless supply of "lollypops" for the kids. Bub slept for almost 2 hrs in the bed behind the skipper which meant whale viewing was still possible for parent on duty from the upper deck windows. When master 7 had a case of sea sickness the staff couldn't have been more helpful or understanding. 6 whales, a dolphin and a lovely day. Can't wait till kids are older for our return trip. Thanks Keith and all the crew.

Visited August 2011
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shiro1234, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review, August 22, 2011
Thanks for the great review. We like to make all our guests feel at home while sharing the wonderful experience that is whale watching. See you when the children are a little older.
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Freedom III Whale Watch & Charters = AWESOME EXPERIENCE!”
Reviewed August 14, 2011

We had an amazing experience on Saturday with Freedom III! The boat was beautifully clean & well presented; the price-included morning & afternoon teas and lunch were beautifully fresh and Sue, Keith & the staff were great fun, cheerful & very knowledgeable. The whales put on an inspiring show & the boat followed the different pod movements closely to ensure we saw as many whales exhibiting different behaviors as possible. I could not have wished for more – it was a wonderful, wonderful experience. I don't hesitate to recommend Freedom III to anyone considering whale watching at Hervey Bay!

Visited August 2011
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shiro1234, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review, August 16, 2011
Thanks for taking the time to write such a great review. It is very pleasing to know that you had such a wonderful day. I hope we see you again next year if not later in the season when the mothers and calves arrive.
Cheers
Sue
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Dundowran
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Fantastic Day Out for all the Family!”
Reviewed August 7, 2011

There are many operators to choose from when you consider a trip out to see the whales in Hervey Bay ... but this one certainly takes the winner's cup. The highly professional team offers a level of service unsurpassed by the competition with a smooth check-in procedure, expert boat handling, a keen eye for detail, sensitive and encyclopaedic commentary ... all complemented by a positive feast of gourmet cooking prepared by the qualified and capable hand of the host/owner. Freedom 3 is a beautiful purpose-built boat which doesn't feel crowded even at full capacity and offers five star (plus) comfort and entertainment for passengers of all ages. Oh yes ... and by the way we did see many pods of whales and most of them came very close to check us out allowing us to take some stunning photos!

Visited August 2011
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shiro1234, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
Perfect weather, whales and company made it a great day to be on the water. Thanks for your wonderful review we appreciate the feedback and will pass it on to all the crew. See you again soon hopefully.
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Apollo Bay
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“This was excellent”
Reviewed August 4, 2011

Thank you freedom for making the Whale Watching day magnificent,the hosts & food served were spot on.
One of the best days we have experienced on our Holidays.
The whales we saw thanks to freedom again were wonderful,came away feeling fulfilled.

Visited August 2011
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shiro1234, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this review, August 10, 2011
Thanks for the feedback. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our hospitality and the unique experience that is whale watching in Hervey Bay. your comments will be passed on to the crew.
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