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Seasonal Calendar

Discover Queensland's Top 8 unique animal encounters by following the Seasonal Calendar below. Queensland's warm waters offer the underwater enthusiast sights and experiences that are not to be missed. This quick guide will ensure you make the most of your visit.

Dolphin Feeding Programs

When: Year Round

Where: Moreton Island, off Brisbane, Tin Can Bay, northern Sunshine Coast

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Dugong Watching

When: Year Round

Where: Moreton Island, off Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Hinchinbrook Channel (north of Townsville)

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Shark Research Expeditions

When: Year round

Where: Cairns, Port Douglas, Townsville

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Grey Nurse Sharks

When: Summer (Dec-Feb)

Where: Wolf Rock, Sunshine Coast

When: Winter (Jun-Aug)

Where: Flat Rock, Brisbane

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Turtle Nesting & Hatching

When: October - March

Where: Bundaberg (Mon Repos Rookery), Heron, Wilson, Lady Elliott and Lady Musgrave Islands

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Turtle Conservation Camps

When: June - September

Where: Mapoon, Western Cape York

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Whale Watching

When: June - early November

Where: Fraser Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane/Gold Coast, Whitsundays, Tropical North Queensland

Minke Whale Swim Programs

When: June - July

Where: Cairns/Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland, Townsville

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Coral Spawning

When: October/November 3-5 days after the full-moon

Where: Great Barrier Reef

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