Hervey Bay, Queensland

Great Sandy Strait, Hervey Bay, QLD. © Tourism Queensland

Hervey Bay, Queensland

Hervey Bay, around 300 kilometres north of Brisbane, is an aquatic paradise and one of the best places in Australia to experience nature in the wild. The safe, sheltered waters of Hervey Bay make it ideal for year round water-sports from swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving to sailing and fishing.

In the winter months (July – November), humpback whales travel along the Queensland coastline from Antarctica to the warm waters of the Whitsunday Islands, stopping in the calm waters of Hervey Bay to breed and nurse their young. Hervey Bay is one of the best places in the world to go whale-watching. See their playful antics with one of the accredited cruise operators around Urangan Pier. You might also see dolphins, dugongs and turtles.

The arrival of the humpback whales each year is celebrated at the Hervey Bay Whale Festival, during July and August with concerts, street parades and educational displays.

The waters of the Fraser Coast are ideal for either a family houseboat or luxury sailing yacht holiday. You can learn how to sail a yacht and go on your own boating adventure; or charter a crew to sail for you. There’s also kayaking, jet skiing and wind surfing to enjoy.

Scuba divers should head to Wolf Rock and the wreck dives at the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef, the largest artificial reef in the southern hemisphere. The waters of the Great Sandy Strait are also one of the best places in Australia to go fishing, attracting professionals and amateurs from around the world. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy estuary, beach, jetty, reef and game fishing. Join a charter tour or your hire your own vessel.

Along Hervey Bay Esplanade are cosmopolitan alfresco cafes, shops, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina. Walk or cycle along the 14-kilometre long pathway that lines the foreshore from Urangan Harbour at the eastern end to Gatakers Bay in the west.

Visit the Orchid House within the beautiful Botanical Gardens. The Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum features historical buildings housing more than 8000 exhibits from the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay area. At the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere you can learn all about the incredible world of the humpback whale.

The Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club welcomes visitors to play in the natural bush environment of its challenging 18-hole championship course.

Discover Hervey Bay and its surrounding areas at your own pace on one of the Discovery Trails. The region abounds in quaint country cafes and pubs, boutique and stylish espresso bars, beachfront cafes and fine dining restaurants. Dotted throughout the Fraser Coast hinterland are boutique wineries and shops selling gourmet local produce.

A short drive from Hervey Bay, the picturesque fishing villages of Burrum Heads and Toogoom offer kilometres of unspoilt beachfront. Stroll along soft, sandy beaches, or explore the rivers and creeks by boat or canoe. Sit and watch the pelicans and other abundant bird life.

Hervey Bay also provides easy access to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island.

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