Located along the Fraser Coast in Queensland, Hervey Bay provides an ideal getaway for adventure and relaxation by the ocean; these are some of the best things to do when here.
Go Whale Watching
What better place for whale watching than at the first World Whale Heritage Site! Those staying at a Hervey Bay hotel on the waterfront can easily enjoy whale watching excursions from July to October; during this period, numerous humpback whales arrive on their annual migration to play, rest and nurture their young.
Stroll Along Urangan Pier
Stretching into the ocean, the historic Urangan Pier is a little under 1 km in length; stroll to the end and take in mesmerising sea views, fish off the pier and if you’re lucky, spot dolphins too. Walking distance from properties like Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa, this attraction is also close to picnic areas at the nearby parkland.
Explore Fraser Island
Amongst the best things to do in Hervey Bay is to take a trip to Fraser Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest sand island on the planet! It’s home to age-old rainforests, freshwater lakes such as Lake McKenzie, impressive sand dunes, the Maheno Shipwreck and over 100 km of beach to explore.
Visit the Botanic Gardens
Open free to the public, the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens features diverse flora including a rainforest site called the Bush Chapel, natural bushland, a Chinese-style formal garden and thousands of orchids. The gardens also attract diverse bird species be it the rainbow lorikeet, purple swamphen or laughing kookaburra.