Whitsundays starts having whale of a time

Majestic creatures enjoying visit to warmer waters.

Whales have started arriving in the Whitsundays on their annual migration north.

The crew aboard Red Cat Adventures’ Thundercat spotted a baby humpback whale east of Whitsunday Island on 26 May.

Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer Tash Wheeler said sighting whales is a regular thrill for tourists enjoying time on the water every year from June to September.

Whales from the Antarctic enjoy the warm waters of the Whitsundays to give birth, socialise and mate.

“So many of our tourists come back from their day on the water having witnessed these majestic creatures playing in the warm turquoise Whitsunday waters,” Ms Wheeler said.

“Every boat tour during this season is a chance to see these gentle giants in action.”

“The whale migration season is such a special time in the Whitsundays, not only does it mark the start of the whale migration; it also coincides with the beginning of the stunning Whitsundays winter weather.”

Whale video pointer

Red Cat Adventures co-owner and operator Julie Telford said her crew were ecstatic to have seen the whale.

“Seeing the first whale of the season is always a thrill, and in this case, especially while the crew were out doing such important work for the water quality monitoring project,” Ms Telford said.

“During the whale season each year, our marine crews are always on the lookout and they are often rewarded with witnessing behaviours such as breaching, rolling, spy-hopping, and playing of mothers and calves.

“Winter in the Whitsundays comes with incredible clear sunny days, mild temperatures and tradewinds; it’s the best boating weather of the year, and coupled with the chance to see whales, it doesn’t get better than this.” 


Red Cat Adventures’ boat Thundercat was on the water as part of the Whitsunday Blueprint for Tourism Operators water quality monitoring program.

This program is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, as well as North Queensland Bulk Ports, and with support from Reef Catchments, the Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Association, James Cook University, Mackay-Whitsunday-Isaac Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, and Whitsunday Bareboat Operators Association.

Participating tourism operators include Ocean Rafting, Red Cat Adventures, Southern Cross Sailing Adventures, Tallship Adventures and True Blue Sailing.

The data from the program gives information on water quality and reef health in the Whitsundays.