Whale Parade and Family Day

Saturday, 30 July 2022, Seafront Oval

Paddle Out For Whales

Sunday, 31 July 2022, Torquay Pier

Spirit of The Bay

30 July & 31 July – Urangan Pier

Hervey Bay Seafood Festival

Saturday, 13 August 2022, Seafront Oval

The world’s first Whale Heritage Site

Hervey Bay’s reputation as Australia’s whale watching capital was made official in October 2019, when the region was dubbed the world’s first Whale Heritage Site by the World Cetacean Alliance. 
To qualify, a Whale Heritage Site must ensure the highest standard in respectful human-wildlife interactions, as well as showing active engagement by the local community and their tourists with marine life through art, music, science, education and other heritage and cultural events.

This 6, 000 square-kilometer area, covers about 20 percent of the Great Sandy Marine Park, spanning from Rooneys Point, across to Burrum Heads, and as far south as Big Woody Island. The area is part of the wider Great Sandy Biosphere, awarded reserve status by UNESCO back in 2009.

Hervey Bay’s reputation as Australia’s whale watching capital was made official in October 2019, when the region was announced as one of two world’s first Whale Heritage Sites by the World Cetacean Alliance.

To qualify, a Whale Heritage Site must ensure the highest standard in respectful human-wildlife interactions, as well as showing active engagement by the local community and their tourists with marine life through art, music, science, education and other heritage and cultural events.

This 6, 000 square-kilometer area, covers about 20 percent of the Great Sandy Marine Park, spanning from Rooneys Point, across to Burrum Heads, and as far south as Big Woody Island. The area is part of the wider Great Sandy Biosphere, awarded reserve status by UNESCO back in 2009.

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