Whale tale at Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay

Nestled on the protected bay of Queensland’s Fraser Coast, Hervey Bay is a whale watching mecca that’s sure to impress. Explore the coast, beaches or nearby World Heritage-listed K'gari (Fraser Island) with its sand dunes – made easy with our Hervey Bay travel guide.

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Places to stay

Whether you’re staying in Hervey Bay or passing through on your way to K'gari, formerly Fraser Island, there’s plenty of accommodation options available to suit a range of budgets. For views of the Great Sandy Strait, opt for one of the 4-star hotels along the promenade, closely located to the marina.

If you’re on a self-drive tour, the tourist parks along Harbor Drive are a great option for families and group travellers to stay offering campsites or comfortable cabins. If your visiting between July and November, you might even catch a glimpse of the migrating humpback whales from your deck.

Couples or those who prefer to stay close to nature may opt for the lush eco-lodge in Urraween. Surrounded by lush rainforest and stunning gardens it’s the perfect destination for a luxury holiday.

Things to do

Whatever your holiday style there’s plenty of water and land-based activities to add to your Hervey Bay itinerary. Nature enthusiasts can catch a ferry to K'gari (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. If its whale watching you’re here for, time your visit to celebrate the beginning of the whale season at the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival held annually in August, featuring concerts, food, events and a parade.

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. Families will love to swim in the crystal clear protected bays, play with an abundance of water sports or visit Reefworld aquarium on the Urangan foreshore.

For dinner with a view, you can’t beat fish and chips on the esplanade at Torquay - or treat yourself to Fraser Coast-style fine dining at the casual yet classy Coast Restaurant and The Vinyard.


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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

Disclaimer: ~ Qantas activities are provided by Viator. Conditions apply.

Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times.

Disclaimer: + The number of destinations is correct as at 25 January 2024 but is subject to change.

Disclaimer: #You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.