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Australia’s east coast comes alive with the spectacular acrobatic displays of humpback whales between April and November each year with their annual pilgrimage to warmer waters. Like many Australian families, the whales have chosen their favourite spots to stop and play, rest or nurture their young with Port Stephens and Hervey Bay two of the most popular choices.

Peppers Anchorage Port Stephens and Peppers Pier Resort Hervey Bay are offering fantastic Whale Watching packages to get you up close with these majestic creatures.  

You can catch the whales on their journey north from May to July in the picturesque waters of Port Stephens and being the most surface active of all the whale species, it is highly likely that you will see spectacular displays. Peppers Anchorage Port Stephens has carefully selected a sailing experience skippered by experts in whale watching and whale conservation.

Peppers Anchorage ‘Sail with the Whales’ package:
•    Overnight accommodation in an Anchorage room
•    Peppers signature breakfast daily for two people
•    A 3 hour whale watching cruise aboard Imagine Cruises for two people

From $299 per couple per night valid Sunday – Friday inclusive until 31 July*.  Add $50 per couple to upgrade to a Saturday evening.  

For bookings contact Peppers Anchorage on 02 4984 2555 or visit www.peppers.com.au/anchorage/. *Not valid June long weekend, subject to availability.

The calm safe waters of Platypus Bay in the Hervey Bay Marine Park have become known worldwide as a prime whale watching area.  From August to October humpback whales on their migration south to the Antarctic suddenly stop their migration style swimming and relax with the females concentrating on feeding and preparing their young calves for the 5,000km journey.  

The award winning Peppers Pier Resort Hervey Bay, offers the ideal base for a whale watching adventure.  Each Whale Watching package includes tickets for a half day whale watching tour with Quick Cat II, a bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival and a 12pm late checkout.
Couples: One Bedroom Suite from $275* per night including two tickets.
Family of 2 Adults/1 Child: Two Bedroom Suite from $398* per night or Two Bedroom Superior from $431* per night including three tickets.
Family of 2 Adults/2 Children - Two Bedroom Suite from $450* per night or Two Bedroom Superior from $475* per night including four tickets.

For bookings contact Peppers Pier Resort on 07 4194 9700 or visit www.peppers.com.au/pier-resort/
*Valid 1 August to 31 October, subject to availability.

The Hervey Bay Whale Festival will span the entire month of August, focusing on raising awareness for the plight of the humpback whale and celebrating the annual return of these incredible creatures to the protected waters of the Fraser Coast.  Enjoy free events incorporating live music, markets, an illumination parade, aquatic events, arts, carnival rides and fireworks, including a Whale Aid Concert on 25 August at the Seafront Oval.  For Hervey Bay Whale Festival information visit www.herveybaywhalefestival.com.au

The whales can also be viewed from Byron Bay and Kingscliff in northern NSW and as far north as Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.  Visit www.peppers.com.au for more great accommodation options with Peppers Coorabell Retreat in Byron Bay, Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in Kingscliff and Peppers Beach Club & Spa in Palm Cove and create your own whale watching experience.

Peppers is Mantra Group’s luxury level brand of stylish accommodation. There are 26 Peppers properties in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, leisure destinations and metropolitan locations ranging from boutique retreats, deluxe resorts and chic CBD apartments with the first Peppers Resort in Fiji due to open late 2012. All offer a level of style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller. www.peppers.com.au