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Saturday 21 July, 2:30pm

Saturday 11 August, 11:00am

Saturday 18, 11:00am

Go with the expert on a special VIP Whalewatch with renowned scientist and whale expert Paul Forestell.

Dr. Paul Forestell is an internationally recognised and widely published expert on marine mammals and has participated in numerous scientific workshops and government advisory groups focusing on whales, dolphins, ocean resources, and science education.

VIP Whalewatch is an exciting opportunity to get exclusive access to decades of knowledge and expertise from one of the world’s foremost experts on humpback whales.

Paul Forestell literally “wrote the book” on whalewatching, as co-author of a pivotal guide to ecotourism with Pacific Whale Foundation Founder, Greg Kaufman.

Having studied whales off the coast of eastern Australia since 1984, Paul has unique insights into Hervey Bay’s humpback whales. He and others from Pacific Whale Foundation’s research team have amassed detailed life histories of over 7,000 whales that migrate to this region every year.

Paul is an internationally recognised and widely published expert on marine mammals. He is the author or co-author of 10 books and book chapters, 21 peer-reviewed articles, and nearly 70 symposium and conference reports on whales and other marine wildlife. His work includes the development of international training programs for marine naturalists who provide wildlife interpretation for ecotour operations. Currently a university professor and dean, Paul is also a prominent authority in science education.

On your 3-hour VIP Whalewatch, you’ll hear fascinating facts and insightful commentary from Paul, as well as live whale songs from underwater hydrophones. You’ll cruise in comfort on Ocean Defender, a state of the art vessel that delivers a fast, smooth ride with panoramic “whale’s eye” views.

This small-group tour offers excellent opportunities for personal interaction and Q&A with Paul, as well as close-up photos of the amazing whale behaviours you encounter. In addition, your VIP Whalewatch includes free snacks and soft drinks, a free Whalewatch Guide, and guaranteed whale sightings (or get a free return ticket).

Location: Pacific Whale Foundation, Shop 4, Great Sandy Straits Marina, Urangan
Cost: $99 per adult, $64 Children (ages 6-14), $89 Concessions
Bookings Essential: Call 1800 454 310 or book online

Marine Rescue Hervey Bay Open Day

Saturday July 21, 2pm - 5pm

Come along and visit the Marine Rescue Hervey Bay Open Day at the Sandy Straits Marina.

People will be able to tour the base, step aboard the boats, see displays such as life rafts, ask boating questions and find out more about volunteering.

They are on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Probably about a third of the work they do are medical evacuations from Fraser Island. The marine rescue crew also monitor radio messages and help with search and rescue operations.

Location: Marine Rescue Hervey Bay, 1 Buccaneer Drive, Urangan 
Cost: FREE


Plastic Ocean - the devastating impact marine debris is having on sea life

Friday 10 August, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Image by Emmie Willis supplied by Kathy Townsend

USC marine conservationist Dr Kathy Townsend will present an enlightening talk about the devastating impact marine debris is having on sea life. Marking the opening of the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival, the award-winning academic will draw on more than a decade of research to highlight how rubbish such as plastic bags are killing Queensland’s iconic sea turtles.

Dr Townsend has gained international attention through her work as a lead academic on renowned scientific programs such as “Project Manta” that investigates the life history of manta rays. At this free community event, she will bridge the gap between academia and the public to bring greater awareness to the impact of sea pollution. 

Location: USC Fraser Coast, 161-179 Old Maryborough Road, Hervey Bay
Cost: FREE
Registrations are essential, book your space here today!

After the talk,  join us as we unveil ‘Seascape’ – a massive art installation featuring stunning underwater footage from the pristine waters of Lady Elliot Island. Filmed by local award-winning photographer Michael Smith – owner of Into The Wild Photography – the 15m-high projection reminds us why we must protect beautiful ocean creatures and their environment.

The art installation will run every night for the duration of the festival – from 5.30pm – 9pm.

Coast Pop Up Sunset Pier Party

Saturday 11 August, 2-5pm

Venue: Scarness Pier
Tickets on sale July 10

$125 per person, includes cocktails, wine, beers and bubbles, roaming canapes and food stations.For tickets go to www.coastherveybay.com.au

Post Pop Up Sunset Drinks 

11 August, 5pm

Enzo’s on the beach

Join us straight after Coast Pop-up Pier Party at Enzo’s on the Beach, on August 11 from 5pm. Watch the beautiful winter sunset while sipping on our $12 cocktail specials, as well as enjoying delicious tapas and dinner specials.

To book call 07 4124 6375


Saturday 11 August, 10:30am

Tuesday 14 August, 10:30am

Ocean Themed Storytime - Hervey Bay

Storytime is a popular program of stories, songs and craft activities for children aged 2 to 5 years - designed to enhance your child's social, physical, emotional and cognitive skills. The sessions include: stories, singing, finger plays, puppets, props and craft activities. This storytime will also include a visit from Harvey the Whale.

Time: 10:30am
Venue: Hervey Bay Library, 161 Old Maryborough Rd
Cost: FREE

B Mee Ocean Swim

Saturday 18 August, 2pm - 3pm

As part of the 2018 Oceans festival Bmee will be running an Open water swim session in front of Enzos on the Beach on Saturday 18th August.

Time - 2pm - 3pm on a beautiful high tide!

Drinks and nibbles and some fun games to follow the session so Children and families are most welcome.

There will be a set marked course loop of approx 200m and 400m with kayak support. 

The session will cover Open water skills such as sighting, drafting, entries and exits.Ocean swimming in a safe, friendly and supporting environment. Everyone is welcome with all abilities being catered for. More details available on www.bmeemultisport.com.au

Location: in front of Enzos on the Beach
Cost: $10 per person
Contact: Lars Olsen - 0407 633 438


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