The Hervey Bay Whale Festival is kicking off this month, don’t miss your chance to see these majestic sea creatures.

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Paddle Out for Whales

The humpback whales are returning to our shores and what better way to welcome them back then with the The Hervey Bay Whale Festival.

The festival, held on Saturday 19 July at Scarness Beach and Park, will include Australia’s largest anti-whaling demonstration, Paddle Out for Whales, along with family friendly activities and workshops at Ocean of Fun before culminating with an impressive fireworks display over the ocean at dusk.

The season-long festival runs between July and October in Australia’s whale watching capital, making it the perfect time to pay the ‘Home of the Humpbacks’ a visit. In 2014, Hervey Bay’s pristine waters are expected to play host to approximately 10,000 humpbacks that deviate from their annual breeding migration to stay and play in the protected, calm waters.

As such, visitors to the Fraser Coast are guaranteed awe-inspiring close encounters with the humpbacks which are expected to spend 10 or more days in the Bay before completing their journey back to Antarctica.

The festival will include:

Paddle Out for Whales

Join hundreds of paddlers as they take to the water in kayaks, canoes and makeshift boats to form a circle and hold one minute silence.  The event is Australia’s largest anti-whaling demonstration with 2014 a cause for celebration following the recent ruling by the International Court of Justice to uphold Australia’s bid to ban Japan’s Antarctic whaling program.

Participation is free, pre-register at www.whaleharveybay.com.au or simply register on the day and bring something to float on. Those not wanting to get fully immersed in the water can dip their toes on the shoreline in a mark of respect for the marine life.

Hervey Bay Whale Festival Fireworks Display

Nab a prime spot along the Hervey Bay Esplanade and enjoy an impressive fireworks display just after sunset to mark the start of the 2014 whale watching season. Fireworks will be launched from a pontoon in front of Scarness Foreshore Park with the best spots vantage points along the foreshore area.

For a full list of Whale Festival events between July and October, or more information about Hervey Bay’s whale watching season including the best times to visit and holiday deals, go to www.whalesherveybay.com.au