With year-round sunshine and stunning beaches, this whale watching mecca is sure to impress.
Nestled on the protected bay of Queensland’s Fraser Coast, Hervey Bay delivers everything you could ask for in a beach holiday. There’s the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island with its sand dunes, rainforest and freshwater lakes.
There’s the cafes, boutiques and attractions of the esplanade and city centre. The sandy beaches and hinterland beauty of the Fraser Coast region, and a protected bay that serves as a playground for divers, swimmers and watersports enthusiasts.
Whether you’re a family, a couple or travelling alone - you’re sure to fall in love with this favourite holiday gem.
Whatever your holiday style these activities and events are the perfect addition to your itinerary.
- Catch the ferry or join a tour to Fraser Island and spend the day exploring sand dunes, rainforest and freshwater lakes - or stay a while in one of the resorts and lap up paradise on the largest sand island in the world.
- Come between July and November to spot the spectacular migrating humpback whales on a whale watching boat tour.
- Take advantage of the crystal clear protected bay and try one of the local watersports. Choose from stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, scuba diving, fishing, sailing and more!
- Visit Reefworld on the Urangan foreshore - an all-natural aquarium showcasing much of the bay’s fascinating marine life.
- Celebrate the beginning of the whale season at Hervey Bay Ocean Festival held over nine days annually in August and featuring concerts, food, events and a parade.
Explore the coast, hit the water or relax in town - there’s something for everyone in this spectacular region.
There’s plenty in town to keep the active traveller happy. Golf fans will love the Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club, offering 28 holes in a picturesque native bush setting - or walk the 16 kilometre esplanade from Urangan Pier to Gatakers Bay past protected beaches, cafes and boutique stores.
Get close to nature with a stroll through Orchid House in the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, or visit the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere which offers interactive challenges and educational displays perfect for kids.
Only a short ferry ride from Hervey Bay, Fraser Island is the only place in the world where rainforest grows from sand - and it might just be the outdoor escape you’re looking for.
There’s more than 100 freshwater lakes to swim in, 120 kilometres of sand highway perfect for four-wheel driving, the colourful sand formation of the pinnacles and expanses of lush rainforest to explore.
A day tour from Hervey Bay offers the perfect taste of this sandy paradise, or stay a while at the beautiful Kingfisher Bay Resort.
The Fraser Coast
Hire a car and see the discovery trails, fishing villages and hinterland of the Fraser Coast.
Take a drive north to enjoy the peace and tranquility of fishing village Burrum Heads, or hit the road west to Maryborough and browse streets of colonial architecture and the buzzing wharf district. Visit Maryborough on a Thursday for the lively town market, or a Sunday for entertainment in the park.
From the airport
Hervey Bay Airport is located approximately ten kilometres from the city centre. A taxi rank can be found at the terminal as well as a range of shuttle buses and transfer services to the city centre and surrounding region.
Fraser Island can be reached via charter flight, from ferry terminals at River Heads and Rainbow Beach or through your Fraser Island accommodation provider.
In and around the city
Central Hervey Bay is easily explored on foot or by bicycle or scooter. A regular public bus network services the city, and the best way to explore the broader Fraser Coast region is at your own pace with a hire car.
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