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Hervey Bay

Find out why this stunning city is known as the whale-watching capital of Australia and spend your days exploring its sweeping sandy beaches and pretty parks.

Hervey Bay is a coastal city renowned for its marine wildlife and breathtaking beaches. Spot whales on a cruise trip or visit the city’s fascinating historical attractions.

Choose from a range of whale-watching tours departing from the Great Sandy Straits Marina in Urangan. Be awed by the sight of humpback whales breaching the surface of the deep blue ocean as you explore the Fraser Coast region. You might also see dolphins, turtles and dugongs. Learn about the whales’ journey from Antarctica to the warm waters of the bay, where mothers give birth and nurse their calves in the migration season from mid July to late October. Book your boat trip in advance and bring you camera to record these special memories.

Walk along the oceanfront esplanade and admire the views over the Great Sandy Strait. Cycle the 14-kilometre (8.6-mile) path from Point Vernon to Urangan. The patrolled waters and sheltered barbecue areas at Torquay Beach are ideal for families. Explore the historic Urangan Pier and the nearby Reefworld Aquarium. This education centre showcases beautiful reef habitats and colourful fish. Kids will enjoy feeding marine life at the touch pool and spotting green turtles in their recreated habitat.

Stroll through the tranquil Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. A highlight is the gardens’ impressive collection of orchids. Spend a quiet moment at the open-air bush chapel, surrounded by rainforest vegetation.

Contemplate life in the 19th century at Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum. Wander around the recreated village and see an original slab cottage complete with period furnishings. The museum contains a large collection of household goods and farming equipment. Check the museum’s programme, which includes interactive workshops, such as historic blacksmithing demonstrations.

Hervey Bay is approximately 300 kilometres (186 miles) north of the state capital of Brisbane and can be reached by bus, train, car or domestic flight. Whale-watching tours operate between July and November.

Experience nature up close in the waterfront city of Hervey Bay.


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AU$114
Mantra Hervey Bay

Mantra Hervey Bay

Buccaneer Drive, Urangan
3.9
of 5, from 134 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hervey Bay, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reefworld Aquarium, Urangan Pier, and Hervey Bay Botanic Garden. Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum and Fraser Coast Cultural Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

AU$135
Ramada Hervey Bay

Ramada Hervey Bay

627 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan
4.3
of 5, from 128 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hervey Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Reefworld Aquarium, Urangan Pier, and Hervey Bay Botanic Garden. Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum and Fraser Coast Cultural Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

AU$154
Oceans Resort, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Oceans Resort, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

569 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan
4.4
of 5, from 82 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Hervey Bay resort is within a 15-minute walk of Urangan Pier and Reefworld Aquarium. Hervey Bay Botanic Garden and Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

AU$86
The Beach Motel Hervey Bay

The Beach Motel Hervey Bay

475 Charlton Esplanade (Cnr Ann Street), Torquay
3.9
of 5, from 118 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Hervey Bay hotel is on the boardwalk and within 2 mi (3 km) of Urangan Pier, Hervey Bay Botanic Garden, and Reefworld Aquarium. Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum and WetSide Water Education Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Bay Hideaway Resort

Bay Hideaway Resort

1 Ibis Boulevard, Eli Waters
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hervey Bay, this apartment is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fraser Coast Cultural Centre and WetSide Water Education Park. Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

Aqua Aqua Luxury Penthouses

Aqua Aqua Luxury Penthouses

552 The Esplanade, Urangan
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hervey Bay, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Urangan Pier and Hervey Bay Botanic Garden. Reefworld Aquarium is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) away.

AU$73
Hervey Bay Resort

Hervey Bay Resort

249 The Esplanade, Pialba
3.0
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hervey Bay, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of WetSide Water Education Park and Fraser Coast Cultural Centre. Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum and Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

AU$77
Kondari Hotel

Kondari Hotel

49-63 Elisabeth Street, Urangan
3.8
of 5, from 42 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Hervey Bay, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Hervey Bay Botanic Garden and Urangan Pier. Reefworld Aquarium is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

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