Hervey Bay is the Whale Watching capital of Australia. Between mid-July to mid-October each year, the mighty Humpback Whales and their newborns come to rest, relax and play in our safe protected waters.
Visit Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island, stretching over 120km. Panoramic viewpoints include Indian Head, a rocky outcrop on the island's easternmost tip, and the Cathedrals, a cliff famous for sculpted ribbons of coloured sand.
It's a camping and ecotourism destination, with beaches and swimming sites at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, Wanggoolba Creek and other freshwater pools. You can take a 4WD trip along 75 mile beach, spot a dingo and learn the secrets of the Maheno Shipwreck.
You could spend the day relaxing at the Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort or Eurong Beach Resort or take a ranger guided nature walk, lounge by the lagoon pool or take an aerial tour of this World Famous Heritage listed island. Or for something different experience a unique landing on the beach after an aerial tour of the island with Air Fraser.
Visit Lady Elliot Island
This is located just a short flight away Lady Elliott Island is where the coral reef is alive and the island is teeming with life. Take a day-trip or stay a few days - fly in, fly out is the only way to get to the island and it is a short flight from Hervey Bay.
The island is eco-certified, is known as the home of the manta ray and boasts the clearest waters on the Great Barrier Reef. With a diverse range of wildlife you can snorkel, dive take a guided walk or a glass bottom boat tour or just sit back and enjoy the peaceful surrounds and unwind.
Naturally, because we are on the beach, water sports are a much sort after pass time.
Take a jet ski tour over to Fraser Island, master the stand up paddle board, try an eclipse paddle walker or take a swim at the patrolled (during Surf Life Saver season) beach at Torquay (just across the road from the Charlton).
Walk along the Urangan Pier
The Urangan Pier is a historic pier located a short walk along the Esplanade. It is a former deep-water cargo-handling facility originally built to facilitate the export of sugar, timber and coal and is a must see attraction.
The historic 100+ year old Pier is one of the longest in Australia and stretches for 1.1 km from shore to the end. It’s a great fishing spot and a perfect place to catch whiting!
Wetside Water Park
Particularly during the warmer months, this is a must for big and little children alike! Make a splash and learn about sustainable water use.
The park features a special area for under fives (Totside) and a board rider wave machine pool. There is a coffee shop and takeaway shop on site.
Experience the excitement of lure and fly fishing in one of Australia's most spectacular fishing environments - whether it's off-shore deep water fishing, reef fishing or river and creek fishing, this is the place to be!
From Trevally, Queenfish, Kingfish, Snapper to Tuna and Mackerel as well as Barramundi and Salmon. Whiting and Flathead can be caught from the beaches and piers in the area.
Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere
There's no better starting point to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Fraser Coast region.
Discover Hervey Bay’s personal relationship with the majestic humpback whale, be inspired by the uniqueness of World Heritage listed Fraser Island and Great Sandy Straits.
Sail the Great Sandy Straits
Enjoy the abundant wildlife and view of the surrounding islands aboard a magnificent sailing cat or take a morning dolphin cruise and look for Bottlenose Dolphins or the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin. Or relax on a seafood sunset cruise.
Reef World Aquarium & Waterfront Restaurant
View the amazing living coral displays and marine life, touch the turtles and feed the fish. Relax with lunch on the balcony of the absolute waterfront restaurant.
Or for those wanting an adrenalin rush - swim with the sharks!
Get your heart pumping with a number of thrill seeking adventures; tandem skydiving from 14,000ft, kite surf with the experts or see high above the clouds in a Microlite.
Hervey Bay Country Golf Club
The club boasts fabulous facilities for members and guests, with the native setting of the challenging 18- hole championship course; it’s well bunkered greens and excellent practice area.
Susan River Homestead
Popular for horse riding, this 1,600 acre property caters for all ages and levels of experience, with over 60 gentle-mannered horses to choose from.
You are also able to go water skiing, wake boarding, tube riding or parasailing on the resorts’ own lake.
Ride or Walk along the Esplanade
Walk or cycle the 16km Esplanade bike track from Urangan to Point Vernon taking in the magnificent beach views along the way or get a great workout on the free exercise equipment, or simply take a leisurely stroll along the beach.
Restaurants & Cafes
With more than 30 restaurants and several friendly clubs, Hervey Bay is a gourmet’s diners delight offering a wide range of dining options.
Local produce and treasures can be found at Local Markets held weekly throughout Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
Hervey Bay Historical Village
Discover the Bays early days including a 1800's era country house and convenience store stocked with knick-knacks that serve as a reminder of how much things have changed.
Visitors have the chance to see various old-world arts and crafts such as blacksmithing and woodturning being demonstrated or learn the art of traditional rope making techniques.
Botanical Gardens and Orchid House
Situated on 26 hectares, the Botanical Garden provide visitors with a chance to explore the local fauna and flora in their natural surroundings. Level paths provide easy access for everyone.
Jump Park Hervey Bay
The premier indoor trampoline park featuring multiple zones and Olympic size trampolines. Great fun to be had by all!
Stocklands Shopping Centre
With over 100 specialty shops its big city shopping at its coastal best. Something for everyone!
With 300 different species of bird wildlife in and around the Bay, there's plenty for birdwatchers to see.