Whale watching season starts with a song

Whale watching

More than 20,000 humpbacks are expected to pass the Gold Coast this year. IMAGE: Seaworld Whale Watching Tours

HUNDREDS of school kids will be serenading at popular spots along the Queensland coast today as the whale watching season officially gets underway.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said the primary school children’s ‘Welcoming of the Whales’ ceremonies were being staged simultaneously right across the state.


Students from Marymount Primary School participated in the Welcome of the Whales Ceremony on the Gold Coast.

It’s the second year the event has been held, celebrating the annual whale migration season which runs from July to November.

“The season boosts coastal tourism as well as local small businesses and this campaign delivers on our election promise to grow the industry as one of the four pillars of the economy,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It gives visitors an opportunity to get up close with the southern hemisphere’s humpback whale population as they journey north from Antarctica along the Queensland ‘whale trail’, before heading south in the spring.”

Ms Stuckey said the launch coincided with National Whale Day tomorrow, Saturday June 7, and formed part of a major push by Tourism and Events Queensland to promote whale watching experiences throughout the state.

To find out more information on the Gold Coast’s Sea World whale watching tours, click here.