And bouncing amidst the now calm waves, are inquisitive humpback whales and their playful calves, frolicking off the coast of Queensland.
Lady Musgrave Island in the Southern Barrier Reef is a coral cay, home to many bird species and nearby there is a turtle station for visiting by the gentle giants.
Guests aboard the Main Event catamaran can also take a glass-bottom boat ride over the reef with a marine biologist Australia is an untamed beauty painted in bold colours – from the rugged vermilion dust of the outback to the eye-watering turquoise of its oceans.
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Humpback whales are not the only gentle giants that flourish in these waters.
After flying from London to Brisbane via Singapore, we hop on a short flight to Rockhampton and begin travelling along the wildlife-rich Fraser and Capricorn coastlines from Yeppoon to Bundaberg then on to Hervey Bay.
We rise early each day, buoyed by anticipation and head out on the water, sporting the salty hair, tanned noses and irrepressible smiles of whale watchers.
After arriving at far-flung Lady Musgrave Island aboard the Main Event, I snorkel through the enticing cerulean lagoon. I’m frozen in awe and glancing beneath me I notice four more khaki-coloured shells with leathery limbs sitting on the coral bed.
We are at a turtle ‘cleaning station’ and it’s a privilege to watch these unfazed creatures calmly swim by.
Fraser Experience Tours provide one day, two day and custom guided tours of Fraser Island in luxury 4WD Hummers.
A one day Hummer Experience Tour costs £160 per person and includes all meals and beverages, national park fees and transfers, and a guide for a maximum of four people.
Some divers on this coastline have even managed to swim with curious, adolescent whales.
Lady Musgrave Experience run day tours to Lady Musgrave Island from £123 per person on a luxury catamaran Hervey Bay Whale Watch and Blue Dolphin Marine Tours operate Humpback whale watching day trips out of Hervey Bay from approx £63 and £90 per adult.
One of Australia’s top tourism attractions - Fraser Island can be found along this stunning coastline.