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Freedom Whale Watch

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Great Sandy Straits Marina, | 17 Buccaneer Drive, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
+61 1300 879 960
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All round whale watching experience - superb!

This trip is highly recommended. From the moment we were picked up at our accommodation until we... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2017
Jo A
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Devon UK
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Great day out, friendly skipper and crew thanks Keith, Terry and Ivan. The food was fantastic... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Terrie M
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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 27 December 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

Thank Jo A
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 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.

Reviewed 24 October 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

Thank Terrie M
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 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

Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

After checking out all the cruises we decided to go with Freedom111 because it was full day and we are so pleased. It rained but didn't disappoint great crew that were passionate and informative and nothing was too much trouble. Excellent home cooked food and...More

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

We aim to please in every way. The rain is always a bit of a problem but the Whales dont seem to mind if there is a shower or 2. Thank You for your reveiw and we are pleased that we could enhance your whale...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

Freedom Whale Watch - longer tour, great value day out, will return!!! I agree with what so many others have said about the crew and food. Big thumbs up. I finally got to do my whale watch in Hervey Bay. A glorious calm day and...More

Thank chezzyr
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

Many thanks for your wonderful re view. We are blessed to live in such a picturesque area and get such awesome encounters with Humpback whales. The longer day allows us to see more whales and get the chance to so many different behaviour displays. Hope...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017

After reading reviews of operators in the area we decided to go with Freedom Whale Watch and very happy that we did. The deciding factor was the fact they go for 6 hours. Others go for 4 hours which is not enough time in my...More

Thank Sandandsunshine
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

It is very pleasing to know you found our whale watch experience better than others experienced accross the globe. The longer day means we can get to many different pods and experience varied behaviours. Thanks for your fabulous review and we hope to welcome you...More

Reviewed 16 October 2017

It was an exceptional day. The welcome given us by the Freedom III crew was warm and thoughtful. The food provided was excellent - starting with fresh scones and cream, and profiteroles, with morning tea; then a great lunch, which included delicious salads; and an...More

Thank Ken T
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I booked this whale watching cruise months in advance because I specifically wanted a boat with small numbers, and this one had excellent reviews. We got lucky with a beautiful day and hardly a breath of wind and my family all had a chat with...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

So it rained, but this certainly didn't dampen any of the great service & enthusiasm of the Freedom III crew. Keith & his crew looked after us incredibly well, from home cooked baking, a superb lunch & then afternoon tea. Keith made a huge effort...More

Thank Tallroundeyes
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

We are having a string of rainy days but luckily the seas are calm and the whales are lounging around in the calm water. We appreciate your lovely review and that you enjoyed the hospitality onboard Freedom III. Hope to see you next time in...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

In a few words this was a very good experience for some dutchies to see the mighty whales along Fraser. The crew was friendly and helpfull, compliments. The food and drinks where good and i find it a good tour that i will recommend to...More

Thank Kluytje
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Thanks Brian for you great review. We certainly see travellers from all parts of the globe and we love sharing the special place we have alongside Fraser Island where the whales come to play. Safe travels.

Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I cannot give enough praise to this tour. We had the best day with whales morning, lunch time and afternoon. The baby whales were awesome to watch play. As the babies can only stay down for 5 minutes we had a lot of interaction. They...More

Thank Ruth D
SMR1958, Owner at Freedom Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Thanks for your lovely review. We are very pleased that you really enjoyed your whale watch experience aboard Freedom III.

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pg01
28 December 2016|
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Response from SMR1958 | Property representative |
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
8 December 2016|
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Response from SMR1958 | Property representative |
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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Kiasululu
26 September 2016|
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That's right I'm afraid. This year however we still have a lot of whales in the Bay and it is very close to the end of our season. Perhaps they might stay around till early November this year.
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