The pretty coastal city of Hervey Bay is an aquatic paradise just 3.5 hours drive from Brisbane. It is best known for its access to Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island (Great Barrier Reef). But with so much things to do and see, Hervey Bay is a destination itself.


Below we give you the top 10 things to do in the popular holiday destination known as the "Whale Watching Capital of the World".


1.    See Humpback Whales


See Humpback Whales

Humpback whales showing off to tourists in Hervey Bay


Get up close and personal with the majestic humpback whales and see them at play in their natural habitat. Experience an unforgettable day of whale watching in Australia's whale watching capital. Hervey Bay offers a great resting place for the whales as they make their annual migration. Takes advantage of the region's large whale numbers with a comprehensive watching cruise itinerary.



2.  Visit and Explore Fraser Island


Visit and Explore Fraser Island

 The amazing pristine waters of Lake Mckenzie in Fraser Island


Experience the sheer beauty, precious eco-systems, unique wildlife and tranquility of the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, only 15 kilometeres off the coast of Hervey Bay. Visit its pristine beaches and rainforests that grow in the sand, which is the only one in the world. Fraser Island's abundant range of crystal clear lakes and great watering holes for all to enjoy are ideal spots from which to over look the natural and unique flora and fauna.


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3.    Witness a Stunning Hervey Bay Sunset 


Hervey Bay Sunset

Beautiful sunset skies over Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay, Queensland


Take  a lovely evening stroll and watch the beautiful sunset from Urangan pier. Be mesmerized and inspired by its spectacular colours. Enjoy the great views of the western side of Fraser Island, some great photo opportunities at sunset, or hire some fishing gear and throw in a line.



4.    Enjoy a Walk Down Urangan Pier 


Urangan Pier

 The historic Urangan Pier is one of the most-visited places in Hervey Bay.


One of the longest piers in Australia, Urangan stretches out into the water for almost one kilometre. Walk along the beautiful pier for stunning views of the Hervey Bay area and spot schools of fish gathering near the pier. Depending on the time of year you visit you might be luck enough to to see some playful dolphins splashing in the water just metres from the pier. You can also fish off the pier. If you’d rather relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery, pack a picnic or buy some fish and chips to enjoy on the beach or in the parkland.



5.     Enjoy a Champagne Sunset Sailing Cruise


Sailing Cruise

Lovely dinner with champagne on a sunset cruise in Hervey Bay 


Sit back & relax while you cruise around Hervey Bay and Fraser Island on a luxury yacht giving you the chance to take in the beautiful panoramic views. Sip champagne as the sun sets over the waters of the Great Sandy Strait. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks with a delicious finger food platter for all.



6.    Enjoy Watersports



 Kayaking has been one of the popular watersports in Hervey Bay.


Hervey Bay has arguably the safest, family-friendly beaches on the Queensland coast. It is no surprise that it offers exciting and refreshing watersports for everyone. You can kayak, fish, jetski, go on stand up paddle boarding and take banana rides among others.  



7.    Relax on One of the Hervey Bay Beaches


  Relax on one of the Hervey Bay Beaches

 Hervey Bay's calm and stunning beaches


Enjoy swimming on the beautiful stinger-free waters of Hervey Bay. They are safe for swimming all year round. It has an average water temperature between 21 and 26 degrees – often warmer in than out! Hervey Bay sits in the lee of Fraser Island, and hence has a calm and protected 12 kilometre long north-facing beach.


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8.    Visit Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens



Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

Beautiful pink blooms at Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens 


Explore Hervey Bay’s beautiful Botanic Gardens for a day of serenity and relaxation. Stretched over 26-hectares of land, the Botanic Gardens display a wide variety of plants. The flora and fauna species showcase those that are generally found in the Wide Bay and Great Sandy Strait regions.



9.   Visit Stalls at Hervey Bay Markets


Visit Stalls at Hervey Bay Markets

People flock a busy market in Hervey Bay. 


Browse the stalls at one of the Hervey Bay Markets. Hervey Bay is blessed with a variety of markets every month, ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables, seasonal produce direct from the farm gate, handmade creations, original giftware and grassroots colour and entertainment.



10.   Walk along the Hervey Bay Esplanade

  Hervey Bay Esplanade

 A man walks with his dog along the Hervey Bay Esplanade.


Stroll along the Esplanade for alfresco cafes and shops, picnic areas, playgrounds and a vibrant marina. The beautiful 14 kilometre bike and walking track that extends the length of the Esplanade and runs along the beach or foreshore is great for a walk, jog or even better – hire some bikes. There are also community BBQs in the parks to enjoy a day on the beach or a picnic in the park. 


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