Whale watching operators to save thousands in fees

Good news for the tourism sector this morning, with the state government waiving whale watching fees.

Operators on the Gold Coast and the whole Queensland coast now won’t be required to pay the annual commercial fee, each saving $6,045.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement from Hervey Bay this morning, one of the world’s best destinations to go whale watching.


“The tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit industries from the global pandemic here and around the world and that’s why we’ve made sure it’s been front and centre of Queensland’s recovery plan.

“Among other support measures for Queensland’s tourism industry under the $6 billion Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan which includes the ‘Queensland – You’re Good to Go’ domestic marketing campaign, we’re also waiving this year’s commercial whale watching fee.

“We know that every little bit helps to keep businesses running and to keep Queenslanders in jobs so we’re waiving the annual commercial whale watching fee of $6,045 for local operators for the 2020 season.

“That means the 18 operators across the state will save $110,000 which includes more than $91,000 for the 15 operators in the Great Sandy Marine Park,” the Premier said.

We’re now being encourage to get out and see the whales, with the peak of whale watching season now underway.

“July to November is the peak season for whale migration as humpbacks and their newborn calves travel along the Queensland coast on their annual 6,000-kilometre migration to and from the Antarctic,” the Premier said.

“Last year more than 83,000 tourists enjoyed a commercial whale-watching trip to see the humpback migration, so it’s an important tourism driver for our state.

“When you back our tourism industry, you back jobs,” the Premier said.