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Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree have surfaced with a range of spectacular accommodation deals for holidaymakers looking for a whale of a time in heavenly Hervey Bay this winter and spring.

The Queensland coastal haven has all the ingredients for an epic whale encounter, with thousands of humpbacks staying and playing between July and November when they take time out from their annual migration in the calm waters of Hervey Bay.

Three of Hervey Bay’s most popular resort’s – Peppers Pier Resort, Mantra Hervey Bay and BreakFree Great Sandy Straits - are offering fantastic whale watching deals to get visitors up close with these majestic creatures.  

Relax in style and see the whales with a stay at Peppers Pier Resort. Located opposite the famous pier on Urangan Beach, the resort’s self-contained accommodation provides a lavish vantage point for whale watching with views of Great Sandy Strait or Fraser Island from each suite’s private balcony. Enjoy a two night stay at Peppers Pier Resort from $358* in a One Bedroom Suite ($179* per night) or from $498* in a Two Bedroom Suite ($249* per night), and enjoy unlimited access to a variety of new release in-room movies and unlimited in-room internet access, a 10% discount off any whale watching tour booked at the resort’s reception and complimentary entry to Hervey Bay’s new Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere. Guests can also enjoy the resort’s lagoon swimming pool, fully-equipped gymnasium, onsite restaurants and Spa Botanica. Call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au.

Or, have a whale of a time at the region's only absolute marina-front property, Mantra Hervey Bay, within walking distance from the Urangan Boat Harbour and surrounded by the marina precinct’s assortment of restaurants and shopping. Stay two nights over the whale watching season from $260* in a Hotel Room ($130* per night) or $458* in a Two Bedroom Apartment ($229* per night), and guests will also receive two bottles of wine, a Hervey Bay souvenir pack and 10% off all whale watching tours booked through Mantra Hervey Bay’s reception. Resort facilities include a heated outdoor pool, sauna and exercise room. Call 13 15 17 or www.mantra.com.au.  

There’s no need to splash out big dollars to join the gentle giants of the sea on a memorable family escape with special rates from BreakFree Great Sandy Straits, the only resort to offer absolute beachfront access and boasting uninterrupted views of the bay and marina, a 25-metre lap pool, tropical style pool, tennis courts, bicycle hire, kids playground, games room, sauna and more. Experience the whales’ jaw-dropping performances with a two night stay at the resort from $254* in a One Bedroom Apartment ($127* per night) or from $362* in a Two Bedroom Apartment ($181* per night) and receive a 5% discount on any whale watching tours booked with reception. Call 132 007 or www.breakfree.com.au.

August is a particularly wonderful month to visit the region with the Hervey Bay Whale Festival taking place for the entire month. Enjoy free events incorporating live music, markets, workshops, an illumination parade, lectures, aquatic events, arts, sculpture, carnival rides and fireworks, including a Whale Aid Concert on 24 August at the Seafront Oval.

*Subject to availability. Valid for sale until 31/10/2013 and for travel from 01/08/13 to 31/10/13. Minimum two night stay. Block-out dates apply.