The Top Things to do in Hervey Bay

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Looking for things to do in Hervey Bay and surrounds? Hervey Bay is best known as the "Whale Watching Capital" of Australia, as well as the gateway to the stunning World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, and is a destination focused around all-things-aquatic. Hervey Bay's whale watching season begins each year from late July up until early November. These magnificent creatures start to flock to this region from late July to early November. Visitors to Hervey Bay can also enjoy a range of attractions including water sports, tours of Fraser Island, fishing trips, coral viewing trips, diving, scenic flights or just relaxing!

Hervey Bay is ideally situated to provide a great, laid-back balance; simply choose from the available experiences below to begin your QLD coastal adventure today.

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Champagne Sunset Sail Cruise
Champagne Sunset Sail Cruise
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Dolphin Watching Sailing Cruise
Dolphin Watching Sailing Cruise
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Small Group Remote Fraser Island Full Day Tour
Small Group Remote Fraser Island Full Day Tour
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Hervey Bay Whale Watching Cruises
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Hervey Bay and Fraser Island Jet Ski Tours
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Full Day Whale Watch Cruise including Buffet Lunch
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1770 LARC Tours Afternoon Cruise
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Hervey Bay Morning Whale Watch Cruise
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Lady Elliot Island Day Trip with Flights from Hervey Bay
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Hervey Bay Scenic Flights
Hervey Bay Scenic Flights
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Whale Watch Cruise and Fraser Island Two Day Packages
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1770 LARC Tours Full Day Paradise Tour
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Wetside Water Education Park
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Morning Whale Watch and Fraser Island One Day Tour
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Full Day Fraser Island Beach Tour including BBQ Lunch
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Full Day Whale Watching on a Sail Boat with Lunch
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Urangan Pier
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1770 LARC Tours Goolimbil Walkabout
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Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens
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1770 LARC Tours Sunday LARC & Lunch
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3 Hour Whale Watch Cruise on a High-Speed Boat
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Top 10 Things to do in - Hervey Bay and surrounds

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Whale Watching
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Fraser Island
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The Esplanade
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Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
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Skydiving
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Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere
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WetSide Water Education Park
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Go Karting
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Ocean Therapies
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ReefWorld Aquarium
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1. Go Whale Watching

Location:Various departure points

One of the world's most important social hubs for humpback whales, Hervey Bay is a hotspot for whale viewing experiences to an extent that is has become an ingrained part of the region's culture. A safe and calm resting place for whales is essential during their annual migration, and during the period between April and October, Humpback whales can be found in large numbers using the Bay as a resting ground to recharge their batteries, relax and play.

2. Visit Fraser Island

Location:Approx. 30km off shore from Hervey Bay

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and€“ lies just a short distance off the coast of Hervey Bay. It is an amazing display of the variety of Australia's natural biodiversity and geography at work. A World Heritage site the island stretches roughly 120 kilometres and features a range of sights, colours and features that make it a veritable holiday destination.

3. Walk the Esplanade

Location:Great Sandy Straits - the Park, Hervey Bay

Winding its way along the beachfront, it's a roughly 17km-long slice of tourist-friendly charm that stretches through multiple suburbs and offers an array of options for shopping, dining and accommodation. Add to all of these conveniences the fact that it's naturally a wonderfully span stretch of coastal sightseeing and there's a reason this is one of the first spots most first-timers to the Hervey Bay area choose to stretch their legs and get a sense of what the area has to offer.

4. Visit the Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum

Location:13 Zephyr Street, Scarness

A must-visit for the history buff, the site currently contains 19 period-specific buildings that each contain a range of exhibits from the early days of Hervey Bay's formation including household and farm items for use both in and outdoors from the 1800s. These come with a cavalcade of informational displays on each exhibit making for a veritable living encyclopaedia that can be seen and touched up close.

5. Go Skydiving

Location:1 Don Adams Drive, Urangan

As one of the quintessential bucket list€ items, skydiving isn't something that most take lightly, and Skydive Hervey Bay know this and are incredibly supportive and encouraging as a result. You'll join them after a safety briefing and board a small light aircraft that helps add a touch of personalisation to the activity.

6. Explore the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere

Location:166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba

Hervey Bay wouldn't be Hervey Bay without its wonderful coastline, and first-time visitors can gain a further level of understanding of the unique geography and biodiversity that it offers by paying a visit to the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere. The centre helps provide added context to some of the region's staples such as whale watching, the surrounding islands and waters and more.

7. Get wet at WetSide Water Education Park

Location:Junction of Main Street and the Esplanade, Pialba

The sunny and warm Queensland weather that makes Hervey Bay such a joy to visit can also produce a number of days where you and the kids are looking to cool off,€“ particularly in summer. WetSide Water Education Park has become a favourite gathering point of locals and their kids since its opening back in 2009, with its proximity to the nearby waterfront and beach making it easy to combine two different types of water experiences for a full and enjoyable day outdoors.

8. Race around the Hervey Bay Go Kart Track

Location:245 Scrub Hill Road, Nikenbah

Those looking for some more high-octane family fun in the Hervey Bay region can venture to a long-running staple that provides some high-speed action on four wheels; the Hervey Bay Go Kart Track. Having been in operation for over 20 years, it's a great go-to spot for families with a track that is great for all different levels of drivers that making it welcoming enough so that even nervous first-timers will be able to comfortably participate.

9. Get Pampered with Ocean Therapies

Location:33 Watson Street, Pialba

If you're in the Hervey Bay region and suffering from any kind of aches and pains or simply want to treat yourself, Ocean Therapies provide various massage packages that are available that cover a range of different styles, each of which provide their own particular points of emphasis and benefits.

10. Visit ReefWorld Aquarium

Location:Charlton Esplanade, Hervey Bay

ReefWorld kicks off the appropriately aquatic series of Hervey Bay attractions by providing one of the most family-friendly introductions to the world of marine life in the region. ReefWorld sits on the foreshore in a lovely spot overlooking the waters of the Bay and is a wholly natural aquarium.

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