Australia’s best and biggest whale festival takes place in August every year at Hervey Bay. This coastal town in Queensland has been proclaimed as the ‘home of the humpback’, due to its proximity to the annual migration route of the humpback whales that pass through Hervey Bay.
The Hervey Bay Whale Festival begins in early August and the month-long festival features water events as well as onshore events. The festival traditionally begins with a ‘Blessing of the Fleet’ that celebrates safe passage for passengers, boats, and, of course, the whales passing through the area. The festival also features an ‘illumination parade’, one of the festival’s highlights.
Families will enjoy the carnival rides and fireworks as well as the numerous musical events. The Whale Aid Concert is one of the festival’s staple live music performances. The finale of the festival is the Migaloo Starlight Swing, a dance event which takes place in late August.
Every year Hervey Bay sees around 7,000 whales passing through its waters. The humpbacks pass through the area on their annual breeding migration.