Just north of Fraser Island is the Town of Hervey Bay, home to the Humpback Whales from July to November but whales or not Hervey Bay is a great place to stop. As the name suggest the bay has beautiful calm beaches, heaps of activities and really well priced. Hervey Bay is favorite holiday destination for Queenslanders and a popular spot among retirees; and lets face it by the time you retire you’ve learnt a thing or 2 so take it from the well travelled, Hervey Bay is a great place to eat, drink and relax.
Along The Esplanade you will find an abundance of water sports including jet-skiing, stand up paddle board, fishing and swimming, heaps of bars, cafés and shops and a great fitness trail to help you get that bikini bod before you head home. Hervey Bay’s Discovery Centre is a great place to start your visit and learn about the Humpback Whales, Town History and Fraser Island.
THINGS TO DO IN HERVEY BAY
There are allsorts of Fraser Island Tours available from Hervey Bay. From a Jet-Ski tour to a 4WD adventure Hervey Bays long relationship with Fraser Island has helped create some of the most adventurous tours. The world heritage listed Fraser Island is accessible only by 4WD so its best to plan ahead and book a tour or hire car before you arrive in town especially from November to April. If your super flexible with your travels plans you can pick up some great deals but don’t leave it too late and miss out on seeing the amazing Fraser Island!!
There are a few cafés along The Esplanade that offer great coffee, views, food and a range of activities. All really well priced you can choose from Jet-Skiing, Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP), fishing, swimming or hire a small catamaran and set sail. Hiring a Tandem bike is always good fun too, The Esplanade follows Hervey Bay’s super long beach and is mostly flat so its super easy and there’s heaps of great places to stop and eat along the way. After a morning of activity spend the afternoon soaking up the sun on Hervey Bay’s endless beaches and enjoy a few cold ones.
OUTBACK TO BEACH
Hervey Bay’s famous Mary River used to be a bustling hub for the gold mining business and the neighboring Town of Maryborough was at the heart of Australia’s industrial revolution. This historic region of Australia has been home to Susan River Homestead for over 150 years. Nestled in-between the 2 townships this 1660 acre property offers traditional Horse Riding, Wake Boarding, Tennis Courts, a Swimming Pool, Pool Table plus camping and accommodation facilities. Home to the famous McLean family this home away from home is a great place to experience the real Australia.
From July to November Hervey Bay sees thousands of Humpback Whales migrate to the calm oceans to give birth to their calf. The warm waters and clear winter days lend hand for the perfect condition and for these 5 months Hervey Bay is a busy seaside town with Whale Boats departing daily offering a range of ½ and 1 day tours. Some even offer the opportunity to swim with the Humpback Whales but no matter how close you get you will be in ore of how majestically giant these creatures are.