In line with the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing Travel Restrictions fully vaccinated travellers from interstate will be welcomed into Qld from Monday 13th December 2021.

Passengers and Crew 16 and over, intending to enter tourism businesses are required to be fully vaccinated from 17th December 2021 until further notice. As per the Public Health and Social Measures table our team will be asking to view your proof of vaccination certificate either digitally or in print before boarding the vessel. The Qld Check in App is able to display your vaccination tick.

We hope it will not be necessary to call police if passengers refuse to comply and we also trust our crew will be treated with respect and kindness as they are following Government guidelines in an effort to keep our community safe.

Please be aware of this when booking your whale watch for the 2022 season.

If your booking is impacted by these regulations please let us know as soon as possible.

There is no fee for cancellations due to travel restrictions regarding COVID 19. We are happy to reschedule or refund if necessary.

Whale Watching in a COVID SAFE Space!

Hervey Bay has had very few cases of Coronavirus and we hope to keep it this way so we can have a full and rewarding whale season.

It is our mission to help our guests and crew stay safe and healthy while onboard Freedom III. To do this we will have to modify the way we do many things around the vessel and in particularly how we serve food. We still aim to provide excellent service and fresh food that we know our return guests appreciate.

We all need to follow the simple guidelines as shown in this graphic from Queensland Health to protect ourselves and those around us from the possible spread of COVID-19.

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the new normal COVID precautions
Check your Symptoms against the chart and if in doubt stay home.

We will not penalise cancellations or postponements due to illness which looks like Coronavirus.

We also encourage the use of the COVID SAFE App.

symptoms of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a cold and the flu

What will we be doing for your safety?

In accordance with the health guidelines we will need to record every passengers’ contact details to enable tracing in the unlikely event of a COVID case being confirmed onboard Freedom III.

  • Hand sanitiser will be readily available as well as hand washing soap and paper towels in all bathrooms.
  • You will be asked before boarding if you are feeling well and there will be signage around the vessel encouraging social distancing and hand washing.
  • Surfaces will be cleaned regularly and thoroughly disinfected at least daily. Food handling gloves will be used by crew in accordance with food and safety guidelines. Dishes and cutlery will be sanitised between uses.
  • Freedom Whale Watch will be restricting passenger numbers to 35 as per Stage 3 guidelines to make social distancing easier.

All staff have completed COVID SAFE training through TAFE.