Hervey Bay is a peaceful and picturesque seaside city that has attracted holiday makers for over a century. It has plenty to offer for just about everyone, on the water and on the land. Hervey Bay is best known as the Whale Watch Capital and the home of the World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This haven which began as a number of seaside villages, boasts kilometres of beaches and offers a vast range of tourist attractions and activities for all ages. Hervey Bay's climate and idyllic waterways have led to an abundance of water sports activity in the area. A broad nature strip with a bike path meandering among the trees traces the entire stretch of sandy beach from the Urangan Pier to the last of the grand old beach houses at Point Vernon.
The beach is ideal for all ages and swimming, sailing, fishing, diving, sea kayaking and skiing are all readily available for recreation. As well as an abundance of water based activities, Hervey Bay offers a wide variety of attractions and activities with something to suit all ages and interests. With art galleries and theatres, a broad range of eateries, sport and recreational facilities, clubs, botanic gardens, historical townships, major annual events, picnic areas, whale watch cruises, and Fraser Island only a breath away, magnificent views, natural attractions and a wide choice of accommodation - Hervey Bay really has something for everyone. You can do as little or as much as you like in this relaxing coastal city.
Residents in Hervey Bay enjoy a wide range of attractions. You can fish from the shore or take advantage of the fishing charters on offer. An up close and personal wildlife park, Reefworld, shark show and shell display, mini golf, model railway through to the natural attractions of safe golden beaches. Don't forget the markets at the Whale Watch terminal located at the Urangan Marina held every Friday night 4-8 pm.
You might also like to take advantage of the many tours & cruises operating out of Hervey Bay. You don't even have to spend any money there are also many free things to do in Hervey Bay.
There is a huge range of sporting activities for visitors who prefer land based fun. Golf, lawn bowls, go karting, tennis, horse riding and skating plus many more are all part of the Hervey Bay lifestyle. If you feel very adventurous why not try skydiving, or sea kayaking. Why not take a bicycle ride along the 14 kilometre foreshore cycle track.
Hervey Bay lies on the coast of a natural bay between the Queensland mainland and nearby Fraser Island. The local economy relies on tourism, for which whale watching, Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island and Hervey Bay's calm beaches are the major drawcards. Hervey Bay is an area of high population growth.
Hervey Bay is situated approximately 3½ hours' drive north of Brisbane, via the Bruce Highway and 30 minutes' drive north-east of Maryborough. The city is also served by the high-speed Tilt Train, which has connections from Maryborough West or nearby Howard. The city is served by the Hervey Bay Airport, with direct flights from Brisbane (QantasLink) and Sydney (Virgin Australia). The City of Hervey Bay (now the Fraser Coast Region) is also served by passenger ferry to Fraser Island, as well as both scheduled and unscheduled vehicular ferries
The area has a mild, sub-tropical climate with an average 30 °C (86 °F) in summer and 23 °C (73 °F) in winter. The coast is predominantly affected by the south east trade winds which keep a cool breeze throughout the summer.
The landmass of Fraser Island significantly affects the pattern of weather in Hervey Bay and protects the immediate marine environment from open ocean storm effects. Average rainfall for the year is 1,100 millimetres (43 in) with an average of 300 sunny days.
Hervey Bay is the whale watching capital of Australia, with humpback whales migrating along the coast between April and October every year. Hervey Bay is the resting place for Humpback whales, Mum's and Calves, they come to the Bay to rest and build up energy for their long travels back to Antarctica.