Whale Watching Tours
Hervey Bay is one of the world’s best places to watch whales, and has been officially recognised as the world’s first Whale Heritage Site. The reason is that it is a place where whales take a break from their yearly migration in order to recoup their energy before moving on. They often stay for up to two weeks and many mothers bring their calves to rest and nurse.
There are plenty of experienced whale watching tours that leave from the Harbour in Hervey Bay and the Hervey Bay Boat Club, where you can see these playful and inquisitive animals up close. Many of our tour operators are eco-certified so you know they will be respectful of the whales and their environment.
Hervey Bay is the gateway to the incredibly beautiful Fraser Island, with its crystal clear freshwater lakes, pristine beaches and lush rainforest. Fraser Island is the world largest sand island and is the perfect day trip or mini stay from Hervey bay.
Four wheel drive over sand dunes, drive on pristine beaches, visit the champagne pools and swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake MacKenzie. You can also visit the Maheno Shipwreck washed ashore on 75 Mile Beach, take a swim in Eli Creek, roll down the giant sand dunes that border Lake Wabby or do some whale spotting at Indian Head.
To get there take the 40 min car ferry from Hervey Bay to the island.
For the more culturally minded, why not take a day trip to Maryborough about 30 mins south of Hervey Bay. With heritage buildings, a thriving arts scene and some beautiful markets it’s the perfect for a day spent taking in the local history.
Visit the new Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial in Queen’s Park featuring a sculpture of the first Australian ashore at Gallipoli and a walk through the memorial filled with audio and visual stories of local service men and women. After, head to Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum and wander around this museum which showcases the largest collection of military artefacts outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
For the arts lovers visit Cherry Tree Lane to see the sculpture of Mary Poppins in honour of her creator Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born here in 1889. The bank building where she was born, has now been transformed into the Story Bank – a bank that trades in stories. Enter the Bank and interact with the characters and settings from the world famous Mary Poppins stories.
On every Thursday from from 8am to 1.30pm there is a great market, right in the city centre between Adelaide and Ellena Streets, featuring weekly entertainment and a great variety of food, clothing and arts stalls.
A great weekend outing that the whole family can enjoy! We're lucky enough to have a variety of local markets here in Hervey Bay to explore.
- Nikenbah Animal Refuge Market
When: first and third Sunday of each month from 6am to 12pm
Where: Hervey Bay/Maryborough Road, Nikenbah
- Torquay Beachside Market
When: every Saturday from 7am to 1pm
Where: Charlton Esplanade, Torquay
- Urangan Pier Park Community Markets
When: every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am to 1pm
Where: Pier Street, Hervey Bay
- Koala Markets
When: second, fourth and fifth (if applicable) Sundays of each month from 6am to 12pm
Where: 9-11 Kruger Court, Hervey Bay
- Howard Country Markets
When: first Saturday of each month (except Jan) from 7am to 12pm
Where: Howard Community Centre, Steley Street
Indulge in some delicious eats from some great local restaurants and cafes right here in Hervey Bay.
- Enzo's on the Beach - a tasty menu topped off by the stunning beachfront location.
- Eat at Dan & Steph's - modern Australian cuisine from My Kitchen Rules winners (2013) Dan and Steph.
- The Sticky Fig Gallery Cafe - great coffee and fresh food.
- Beach House Hotel - ice cold drinks and bistro meals available 7 days a week.
- Aquavue - award winning coffee, sweet treats and mouth watering meals.
Running approximately 17km along the beach front, the Hervey Bay Esplanade is a popular spot that’s home to fantastic shopping, cafes, restaurants, walking paths and playgrounds. Stop in for a bite to eat while taking in the stunning views, enjoy some retail therapy, take a stroll along the waterfront, cast a line or go for a refreshing swim…it’s all waiting for you here.
The Urangan Pier is one of Hervey Bay’s most famous local attractions! This popular walking and fishing spot stretches nearly one kilometre into the ocean making it one of the longest piers in Australia.
Take in the beautiful views of Hervey Bay and keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife including dolphins, fish, and stingrays. There are also plenty of picnic and BBQ spots in the surrounding parkland to enjoy as well as a range of shops, restaurants and cafes. You'll find the Urangan Pier just a 12 minute drive away from our park.
Wetside Water Park
Located right on the foreshore of the Esplanade, the Waterside Water Park is sure to be a hit with the kids! Entry to the park is free, however, there is a cost for the waterslides.
The park includes:
- Water play area
- TotSide for under 5s play
- Fountain Light Show (on Saturday nights from 7pm)
- Coffee shop, fish and chip sho and restaurant located on site
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens & Orchid House
Open daily with free admission, this lush and tranquil local attraction is the perfect way to get back to nature. Stroll through The Valley, complete with lagoon, fountain and bridge, Australian bush tucker garden to represent the original land owners - the Butchulla people, nature play garden that the kids will love exploring, Chinese inspired formal garden with secret Zen garden, Bush Chapel and more. The Orchid House also resides within the gardens, boasting a collection of roughly 5,500 orchids!
One of the very few all-natural aquariums in the world! This is a fantastic family-friendly attraction that’s home to gorgeous green sea turtles, colourful tropical and reef fish, sharks and more. Participate in feeding the marine life, see what they feel like at the touch tank, and even swim with the sharks!
Lady Elliot Island
This breathtaking island is the first on the Great Barrier Reef and is known for it’s abundance of manta rays, turtles and incredible scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities. Head out for a day trip via a 40 minute flight from here in Hervey Bay to explore the reef and tour the island.
Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum
Step back in time with a visit to the historical exhibits at the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum. Featuring over 12,000 exhibits including a slab cottage built back in 1898, blacksmith shop, interactive demonstrations, Goodwood Railway Station, horse drawn buggies shed and more, you could easily spend a few hours exploring.