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The residents of the small seaside town of Hervey Bay in Queensland, Australia, are getting set for huge fun as the town's annual Humpback Whale Festival approaches (Aug. 6-13). A carnival and illuminated parade provide shore-based entertainment, but the real stars of the show are the humpback whales that visit this protected coastline between now and November, turning Hervey Bay into the country's top whale-watching location. The cetaceans are on their yearly migration from the warm waters off northern Queensland (where their calves are born) to Antarctica—and Hervey Bay is a favored stopover. There are dawn, half-day and full-day whale-watching...

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