Hervey Bay oozes relaxed coastal living vibes alongside five-star eco and nature tourist experiences. This charming town's seemingly endless beachfront wraps around the tranquil waters of its namesake bay sheltered by World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. It’s in these calm waters that migrating humpback whales come to play. And they’re not the only ones who find the region a haven for fun in the sun.
Three hours north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay, the world’s first-ever World Whale Heritage Site, appeals to travellers of all kinds. World-class diving opportunities, unrivalled fishing spots, fabulous dining (try the local scallops), water sports and, of course, whale watching mean there’s something on the cards for everyone. Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast is the perfect holiday destination.
Unpack once at our waterfront hotel in stunning Hervey Bay to discover whales, wilderness and much more. We’ll see these majestic creatures up close on a whale watching cruise, take a 4WD adventure on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, taste Bundaberg’s famous rum at the distillery, ride the historic Mary Valley Rattler and visit the informative Hinkler Hall of Aviation as we delve into all this region has to offer.
With a favourable subtropical climate, Hervey Bay can be visited at any time of year. However, the best time is between May and November. Days are dry, and temperatures hover around 22-28°C. This peak travel period also coincides with the wondrous season of whale-watching Hervey Bay is famous for, running from July to November. This is a hugely popular time on the Fraser Coast, and accommodation in Hervey Bay books out well in advance. Book early, especially if you plan to visit during peak season and school holidays.
Worried you’ll miss out? Take the stress out of planning and let us do the hard work. Our Fraser and Coral Coast Capers tour includes all of the must-do experiences in Hervey Bay.
You’re definitely not short of fun-filled options here; there are a staggering number of Hervey Bay tourist attractions to add to your wanderlust list. Join a Hervey Bay jet ski tour or fishing charter, take an eco-marine tour or guided dive on the remarkable ex-HMAS Tobruk wreck.
Then, back on land, take a walk on Hervey Bay’s historic 120-year-old Urangan Pier, which stretches almost 1km into the ocean. It’s a breathtaking vantage point to view the bay and Esplanade. It’s also one of the top spots for fishing - so why not drop a line? Or pop into the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery for an arts and culture fix.
Hervey Bay is located on Queensland’s beautiful Fraser Coast. It’s a short 3.5-hour drive from Brisbane to Hervey Bay, or 90 minutes from Bundaberg. Flights from Brisbane take just one hour.
Whale watching in Hervey Bay is unrivalled anywhere in the world. Local operators have an extraordinary record of interactions between whales and people and a dedicated commitment to conservation and protection. You're in safe hands, and no matter which whale-watching tour you book, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience.
Hervey Bay is a gateway to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, so many use the town as a jumping-off point for an extended Fraser Island stay. However, there are several Hervey Bay tours offering day trips to this unique sand island.
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