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Hervey Bay Tourist Centre & the Whale Watch Tourist Centre

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We are situated Shop 1 Buccaneer Drive Urangan … at the entrance to the Whale Bay Marina, Hervey Bay.

Our staff have over 35 years of combined involvement and experience in local tourism so you can be assured of the right advice on our region and what it offers.

As some tours are seasonal updates will be added to the other tour pages as they commence.

From romantic dinners at the world renowned Kingfisher Bay Resort, sunset cruises and adventure flights to Whale Watching, Fraser Island tours or trips to Queensland’s own wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef and Lady Elliott Island, we cater for locals, interstate and international visitors alike.

Tailor-making your individual or group bookings is our speciality.

Please feel free to contact us via email to , call (07) 41 289800 or (07) 41 253 287 or visit us in person.

We are open 7 days a week except Christmas Day.

Our Staff

Bill Hobbelen


With 20 years experience as the owner operator of Whale Watch Tourist Centre, Bill is a genuine Aussie character with a vast knowledge of Fraser Island, Hervey Bay’s Whale Watch and Lady Elliott Island.

Bill’s passion for the Fraser Coast region and its tourism industry is clear through his heavy involvement in the development of Hervey Bay as an excellent tourist destination for local and international visitors. His innovative vision has been a platform for enhancing tourism and moving Hervey Bay away from the once sleepy fishing village into the new millennium with world class tourist facilities and experiences.

World Heritage Listed Fraser Island is an alluring place to see while visiting Hervey Bay. Having had been the agent for the National Parks for 18 years, Bill has a wealth of knowledge about permits for visitors, tips about rules, regulations and the dingoes plus places to visit on the Island for a most memorable adventure or relaxing stay.

As the proud owner of the award wining Whale Watch Tourist Centre, home of the online booking office of Hervey Bay Tourist Centre, Bill works closely with Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island tours and Lady Elliott Island is one of their key providers of tour bookings. Bill certainly knows how to help you meet your needs in line with your budget and time commitments.

As a previous operator of one of Hervey Bay’s whale vessels, Bill is the man to talk to if you want great local knowledge that is unbiased and will help you make the most of your stay in our fantastic region.