Hervey Bay Nature Cruise

Looking for a wildlife experience made complete with informative guides, exciting animal encounters, fresh air and stunning views? The Hervey Bay Nature Cruise will delight any nature lover!

The Hervey Bay Nature Cruise is an experience unlike any other, boasting pristine waters, fresh sea air, long coastlines of untouched vegetation and beautiful natural landscapes.

Nestled between the largest sand island in the world, K’gari, or “Paradise” in the local Butchulla language, and the Fraser Coast on the Australian mainland lies the Great Sandy Strait. A unique sanctuary for wildlife and endemic terrestrial vegetation, the Great Sandy Strait is home to not only native wildlife but breathtaking views as well!


An important area for the protection of two of Australia’s vulnerable species such as Australian humpback dolphins (Sousa sahulensis) and dugongs (Dugong dugon), Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait sustain foraging and hunting, as well as breeding and birthing for these species.

Situated at the mouth of the Mary River, the area is a transition zone between temperate and tropical ecosystems. The entire area is protected under the Great Sandy Marine Park and boasts a variety of natural habitats including mangroves, rocky shores, pristine sandy beaches, islands, endemic forest, sand banks, mud flats, rock pools and salt marshes.

Aboard the Hervey Bay Nature Cruise, you’re in for a treat. A plethora of wildlife call this habitat home, and our guides will help spot, point out, and maintain respectful distance to the many animals you might see on your ecotour. You never know what you may see on an Hervey Bay excursion! During the warmer months – between December and May – an abundance of marine life call this area home.

Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait has it all: sting rays, tiger sharks, turtles, sea snakes, dolphins, dugongs, a wide variety of fish, birds of prey, and more! Booking your trip between November and June? During this season, we often see creatures such as;

  • Indo Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Australian Humpback Dolphins
  • Ospreys
  • White-bellied Sea Eagles
  • Australasian Gannets
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Shore birds
  • Sting Rays
  • Dugongs
  • Green Turtles
  • Fish
  • Sea birds – snipes, sandpipers, curlews, oystercatchers and stilts
  • Terns

Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait has it all! A true wildlife lover’s oasis, this Nature Tour is a relaxing way to enjoy the breathtaking views and wildlife of Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait, while learning from local experts along the way!