Paddle Out for Whales


Bring along your SUP or kayak to celebrate and encourage whale conservation in Hervey Bay, the whale watch capital of the world.

Paddle Out for Whales will take place at the Torquay Jetty and Ernie Organ Park from 8am. This year’s observance will follow the format of recent years with participants using stand-up paddleboards and kayaks, marking a minute’s silence to recognise the importance of the whales and ocean to the Fraser Coast and the rest of the world.

The event which started as a protest against commercial whaling has become a celebration of the return of humpback whales to Platypus Bay. The sacred Aloha Mai E chant, presented by Leandra Gurbiel, will also take place in honour of the whales and their significance to the region.

Be sure to register your participation at

The Paddle Out will be an addition to the state-wide Paddlefest event, also at Torquay on the 11-12 September weekend. This two-day festival aims to introduce the Fraser Coast community to the great sport of paddling, providing a program for participants to learn the basic skills and techniques through a range of games and activities. There will also be a focus on water safety and group registrations are encouraged. Paddlefest will also include the Fraser Coast Cup, a 17.5km paddle consisting of three laps of the bay, starting and finishing at the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

Paddle out