The Best Things to do in Hervey Bay: Our 8 Favourite Activities
Take some time to yourself and plan a dreamy getaway. From luxury getaways to caravanning or camping, there’s something to suit any style of vacationer with our guide on the best things to do in Hervey Bay.
Tucked between Fraser Island and the mainland, Hervey Bay is a small natural bay only three and a half hours drive from Brisbane. With accommodation options ranging from luxury getaways, caravanning or camping, there’s something to suit any style of vacationer. With some of Australia’s best whale-watching at your doorstep, you won’t be lacking in things to do in Hervey Bay.
If you haven’t been up close and personal with humpback whales before, Hervey Bay is the place to do it! With thousands of these beautiful creatures passing through from July to November every year, there’s ample opportunity for you to spot some gentle giants. Take your experience to the next level by hopping in the water with them courtesy of the Hervey Bay Dive Centre. Simply hang onto the ‘mermaid line’ and if the whales are feeling curious, they’ll come up and say hello!
Corner Jetty Street and Buccaneer Drive, Marina Office, Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay is home to a 13km stretch of coastline, so you’re spoiled for choice when finding a spot to unwind. With numerous areas for safe swimming, barbecues and bikeways, whether you’re on a family getaway or a romantic escape, you’ll be sure to find your very own piece of the beach with no crowds. Due to the protection afforded to the Bay by Fraser Island, the water is remarkably gentle and full of marine life.
At an enormous 127m long, the Ex-HMAS Tobruk is one of the newest diving wrecks, having been opened for exploration in early 2019. With plentiful nooks and crannies to explore, and heaps of marine life in the area, there is so much to explore. If you’re not yet a confident diver or get a little claustrophobic, there’s plenty to see on the outside of the wreck. Expect to see manta rays, turtles and perhaps some humpback whales in the migratory season!
11 Buccaneer Drive, Urangan Queensland 4655, Australia
Yep, you read that right. The Hervey Bay Dive Centre now offers underwater scooter tours with their new Yamaha sea scooters, allowing you to zip through the water or skim across the surface. These easy to use hand-held scooters are super safe and allow you to be as demure or as daring as you like. Wetsuit, snorkel, mask, scooter and full training are all included.
The Dive Office, The Boatclub Marina, Urangan Harbour, Hervey Bay
The iconic Urangan Pier is one of the longest in Australia, reaching almost a kilometre out to the sea. Originally constructed to aid in facilitating the export of coal, timber and sugar, it was soon reinvented as a tourist and fishing hotspot. It makes for a perfect afternoon stroll to drink in the sights and sounds of Hervey Bay and is an excellent spot for fishing if you’re keen to cast a line.
Great Sandy Strait, QLD
Experience the local history of the Butchulla people of K’Gari (Fraser Island) with this short cruise from the Great Sandy Straits Marina. Enjoy fresh and local canapes and a complimentary drink whilst your guide regales you with tales old and new, letting you in on traditional fishing methods and food gathering techniques and finishing with a Didgeridoo performance whilst the sun sets.
6/17 Buccaneer Drive, Urangan
Established in 1974, the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens are a must do on your next visit to the region! Spanning an enormous 26 hectares, there is plenty of room for stretching your legs on a stroll or for exploring a beautiful little pocket of the grounds. Relax in the Chinese inspired formal garden, complete with reflective water features and a Zen Garden, or explore the Australian bush tucker garden that represents the traditional landowners, the Butchulla people.
Elizabeth Street, Urangan
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