Frequently Asked Questions
Blessing of the Fleet – Saturday 15 July, 2023
Whale Festival - 3 – 6 August, 2023
See individual event pages for times
Across Hervey Bay, see individual event pages for locations
There is no other place in the world that compares to the awe-inspiring, soul-stirring, up-close whale watching encounters that you will find in Hervey Bay.
Between July and November, thousands of humpback whales travel the ‘humpback highway’ and arrive in the calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay.
This unique relationship gives reason to celebrate each year with the Hervey Bay Whale Festival. An eclectic event to recognise the importance of the ocean to Hervey Bay and promote the conservation of the marine environment and animals that are unique and important to our region.
Program highlights of the Whale Festival have been running since 1989
Fixed and portable toilets are available through the precincts including accessible toilets
Parking available in surrounding streets, any parking regulations on side roads will still apply.
See individual event pages for nearby carparks
Designated accessible parking is available at all carparks listed above.
Wide Bay Transit will be running their regular services from Maryborough and across Hervey Bay.
Timetable and route information: https://www.widebaytransit.com.au/timetables/urban-public/
Seating is very limited – Patrons are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and camp chairs.
All events are free to attend, the Creating Waves is a gold coin donation to the Turtle Rehabilitation and Research Centre payable at time of ticket registration
Participation registrations for Creating Waves, Paddle Out and Parade of Lights are available on the individual webpages
Registrations are required for Creating Waves and Paddle Out.
On the day registrations may be possible, but subject to availability.
We encourage groups and individuals to register to the Parade of Lights to assist with planning and coordination, and be updated with the latest information.
There is no BYO, all alcohol will be confiscated by security at the gate.
No pets allowed. Assistance animals are exempt.
A range of children’s activities will be available at the Blessing of the Fleet and City and Sea Celebrations
Food and beverages will be available from local food stalls & trucks.
See individual event pages for entertainment line-ups
Visit https://herveybaywhalefestival.com.au/contact-us/, application links can be found below the contact form.
Email [email protected]
Hervey Bay Whale Festival is run by Fraser Coast Tourism & Events, the Fraser Coast’s Regional Tourism Organisation. A not-for-profit working across 4 portfolios with a focus on growing the region’s tourism economy.