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Hervey Bay

Hervey Bay Queensland

An aquatic paradise with stretches of pristine beaches and a hotspot for whale watching activities.

At a Glance

Hervey Bay is the whale watching capital of the world, with tens of thousands of people visiting every year to admire lumbering humpback whales. It is one of the few places where you can have a intimate encounters with whales, which can take place while on the boat or down in the sea snorkelling. Out from the coast also lies Fraser Island, the biggest sand island in the world.

Other than whale watching, Hervey Bay hosts a huge variety of marine activities for you to enjoy. Alternatively, you can chill around the beach at nearby cafes or have a drink of beer after walking down the beautiful shoreline to admire the charming sunset.

Hervey Bay

Where is Hervey Bay?


Hervey Bay is a natural bay located between the Queensland mainland and Fraser Island. It is bordered by 40km of pristine beaches where you can enjoy swimming, diving sailing, water sports and fishing all year round. Hervey Bay provides easy access to world heritage-listed sites including Fraser Island and the first coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef. Driving is the most popular choice of transport to get to Hervey Bay, which is just a 3.5 hour drive north of Brisbane.

Things to see in Hervey Bay


Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

The gardens feature plants and trees that are native to the Wide Bay and Sandy Straights region. There are well-formed pathways to take you through the gardens and a wander through the gardens will give you a chance to see a wide variety of plants, bird life and aquatic life too. There is plenty of seating too throughout the gardens in both sunny and shaded areas and it’s easy to spend hours there doing nothing but relaxing while you can have a picnic and BBQs which has been located in several spot throughout the garden. The gardens themselves are stunning. Especially liked the lake with all the turtles and ducks! The Chinese Gardens are excellently done, the orchid house filled with magnificent colours, the walking tracks take you into another world.

Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland/Sabrina Lauriston


WetSide Water Park

WetSide Water Park is located on the foreshore at the junction of Main Street and the Esplanade, Pialba, Hervey Bay and is a fun and eco - friendly. It's located right on the beach, so if you get sick of all the kids and their parents, then you can seek a bit of solitude by the open water. This is a safe environment where children can walk around among water spouts or fountains that rise, fall and disappear. There are also some slides and a big bucket that fills with water and tips - splashing water over anyone nearby. As with all water environments, supervision for children is required. Come dressed in something sun-smart, and be ready to get a bit wet too if you are the supervisor. Families can sit on a dry elevated deck to watch the action.


Quota Memorial Park

The attractions for children probably start with the open spaces which are able to accommodate small groups for ball and other games. An interesting feature is the yellow ball funnel, where ball throwing skills are learnt, and fun games can be invented.In addition, it is the climbing feature with a 'semicircle' theme. This will test the skills of older children. A swinging boat will keep young kiddies occupied while being supervised from the seating surrounding it. But the most striking of all the attractions at Quota Park is the three-storey building with many little features, including chain and rope climbs,and the spiral tunnel slide.


Fraser Island

Fraser Island is one of the world's most unusual islands. World Heritage-listed Fraser Island has the absolute best that one island can offer. Visit Fraser Island to be dwarfed by the ancient, gravity defying rainforests growing out of only sand and to explore the freshwater lakes and spectacularsand formations of one of the most incredible islands on earth. Home to the most pure strain of dingoes remaining in eastern Australia, and one of the best places to see baby humpback whales and their mothers, Fraser Island also has superb scenery, with massive shifting sand blows, sensational swimming spots and thrilling 4WD tracks. A World Heritage-listed wilderness with lots of resort-style comforts, Fraser is the perfect place to go wild.

Fraser Island

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland


What's the weather like?


Hervey Bay has a subtropical climate and can be subject to tropical cyclones. There is generally low rainfall during the winter months and more abundant rain during the summer months. Good geographical positioning has prevented extreme temperatures in Hervey Bay. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 22°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 10°C.

Get to know Hervey Bay's history


Hervey Bay was first discovered by James Cook in 1770, who named the location after Augustus John Hervey. Matthew Flinders was the first European to go ashore at Hervey Bay. The area was settled by 1854 as a cattle station. It grew quickly as a tourist attraction and a hotspot for retreats due to the optimal weather and quiet atmosphere.

Today, Hervey Bay is a popular tourist hub for whale watching, boating, fishing as well as being a jumping off point to visit the Fraser Island.

Looking for visitor and tourist information, maps and brochures, booking assistance and local expert tips in Hervey Bay? Check out the Fraser Coast Visitor Information Centre!