Quick Details

Duration: 2 hours
Departure Location: Urangan Harbor
Check-in: Ocean Store, Shop 1, Great Sandy Straits Marina

Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait

Need a dose of nature-therapy? Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait will delight the nature-lover!

Cruise the Great Sandy Strait, a water wonderland of wildlife! The Great Sandy Strait is a special place, nestled between the largest sand island in the world – K’gari (meaning paradise in the local Butchulla language) – and the Fraser Coast on the Australian mainland.

Join us on a leisurely two-hour cruise to discover why this area of the world is considered a marine playground for an array of wildlife, including endangered and threatened species. Spot marine animals and birds, along with wildlife along the shorelines.

Learn about sea and land animals, birds, the marine and coastal habitats, conservation approaches and Pacific Whale Foundation Australia research programs. Pacific Whale Foundation Australia has been operating research, conservation and education outreach programs in Hervey Bay since 1984.

This lovely, two-hour cruise on the clear waters of the Great Sandy Strait offers a safe, relaxed experience – and a great opportunity for some fantastic wildlife photos!


From December to June an abundance of shore birds, sea birds and marine life call this area home.

From sting rays to tiger sharks, turtles to sea snakes, dolphins to dugongs, a wide variety of fish to birds of prey – Hervey Bay and the Great Sandy Strait has it all!


Documented sightings of wildlife include:

  • 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



CHILDREN (14 & under)