Hervey Bay is aptly known as the “whale watching capital” of Australia. Located on the central part of the coast of Queensland, this laid-back seaside town is blessed with abundant sunshine. It offers a great place for relaxation and provides the same type of aquatic benefits of more popular Australian locations without the large crowds.
With the spectacular coastline teeming with a variety of marine creatures and the proximity to the Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island, the Hervey Bay is an ideal location for all those who want to enjoy aquatic activities, sunshine, peace and quiet, during their holidays.
For this reason, there are many opportunities to get into the water and have fun. Whale watching is a favourite of most people who come to Hervey Bay especially during the annual migration from July to October. Divers also cherish this location because of its snorkelling opportunities and easily accessible dive sites.
For people who treasure having fun above the water, activities such as swimming, surfing, kayaking, water skiing and cruises are commonplace. Inland, there is abundant greenery to explore in the well preserved tropical forest area. Here is our list of the most exciting things to do in Hervey Bay.
1. Go Whale Watching
Hervey Bay is one of the best social hubs for migrating humpback whales. That is why tourists and holiday makers enjoy whale watching in Hervey Bay more than other locations where whales appear. During the period of annual migration, which is usually between April and October, a large number of whales use the Hervey Bay as a safe resting place and a location to play and relax. You can take advantage of this playful disposition of the whales and gain access to them from any of the coastal berths in the bay. it is one of the best places to have real close up encounters with these whales.
2. Visit Fraser Island
Hervey Bay is a very short distance from Fraser Island, which is the longest sand island on earth. Throughout the 120 km perimeter of this island, you will encounter a wide range of sights, features and colours including numerous multi-coloured sand dunes, freshwater lakes, lush green forests and distinct wildlife that you can only find on Fraser Island.
3. Go Skydiving
The splendour of the Hervey Bay coast is very impressive when viewed from above the ground. That is why Hervey Bay is fast becoming one of the most famous skydiving areas in Queensland. The vast stretches of sand beach can serve as an ideal drop zone. The Skydive crew will give you a detailed safety briefing and allow you to board a light aircraft before you take the plunge.
4. Visit the WetSide Park
Due to the type of heat that accompanies the summer weather, the local authorities in Hervey Bay have created a unique water-themed park known as WetSide Water Education Park. This hybrid water park also serves as an educational facility that enlightens young people about water consumption. It has a number of water fountains, slides and other features that help to teach you water conservation techniques.
5. See the ReefWorld Aquarium
ReefWorld offers a family-friendly attraction that showcases some of the marine life in this region. It is located on the foreshore overlooking the Bay waters and it is a natural aquarium that emphasises the organic and natural aspect of the environment. You can have a personalised hands on experience feeding a shark, touching turtles and these creatures usually swim out to be fed by humans.
Hervey Bay is a great place to spend the holidays in a serene environment that is lively enough to provide adequate fun and relaxation for each member of the family.