Every year during the months of July to October, Humpback whales pass close to the Coral Coast's coastline (holiday makers at C Bargara see them from their balconies) on their annual migratory journey.
The humpback whale takes its name from the habit of breaking the water surface with a large area of its back when diving.
Approximately 3,000 Humpback whales will migrate this season between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.
Humpbacks are still the third most endangered species of all the big whales, but now their numbers are increasing 13% each year.
They are the fifth largest animal on this planet, growing up to 15 metres in length with a weight of up to 45,000kg (99,000lbs) - equivalent to 11 elephants or 600 persons each!
Humpbacks are the most acrobatic of all of the great whales.
The species displays a wide variety of leaping, rolling and breaching movements which provide fascinating viewing for whale watchers.
The humpback whale is also well known for its complex underwater vocalisations or whale songs particularly during breeding.
Adult whales have been seen to breach 20 - 30 times within 5 minutes, displaying awesome grace and power.
From mid July till late October daily trips to the whales are available from Lady Musgrave Experience.