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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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1770 LARC Tours Afternoon Cruise

1770 LARC Tours Afternoon Cruise

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Hervey Bay and Fraser Island Jet Ski Tours

Hervey Bay and Fraser Island Jet Ski Tours

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Hervey Bay Scenic Flights

Hervey Bay Scenic Flights

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1770 LARC Tours Full Day Paradise Tour

1770 LARC Tours Full Day Paradise Tour

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1770 LARC Tours Sunday LARC & Lunch

1770 LARC Tours Sunday LARC & Lunch

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Great Barrier Reef Day Trip including Flights from Hervey Bay

Great Barrier Reef Day Trip including Flights from Hervey Bay

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1770 LARC Tours Goolimbil Walkabout

1770 LARC Tours Goolimbil Walkabout

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Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

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Wetside Water Education Park

Wetside Water Education Park

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Urangan Pier

Urangan Pier

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3 Hour Whale Watch Cruise on a High-Speed Boat

3 Hour Whale Watch Cruise on a High-Speed Boat

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Full Day Fraser Island Beach Tour including BBQ Lunch

Full Day Fraser Island Beach Tour including BBQ Lunch

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Hervey Bay Morning Whale Watch Cruise

Hervey Bay Morning Whale Watch Cruise

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Full Day Whale Watch Cruise including Buffet Lunch

Full Day Whale Watch Cruise including Buffet Lunch

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Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise

Afternoon Whale Watching Cruise

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Morning Whale Watch and Fraser Island One Day Tour

Morning Whale Watch and Fraser Island One Day Tour

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Whale Watch Cruise and Fraser Island Two Day Packages

Whale Watch Cruise and Fraser Island Two Day Packages

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Full Day Whale Watching on a Sail Boat with Lunch

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About Hervey Bay

Known as the unofficial “Whale Watching Capital of Australia”, Hervey Bay on the central Queensland coast is a laid-back, sunny seaside destination that provides all the relaxation and aquatic-focused benefits of some of the country’s bigger-name destinations without all the excess crowds. Featuring some truly spectacular stretches of coastline teeming with marine life and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s an ideal getaway destination for those who love the combination of water, sunshine and peace and quiet on their holidays.

There’s plenty of opportunity to get out on the water for some fun here – while whale watching is an obvious calling card due to the large number of these gentle giants which pass through during their annual migration each year, there’s far more to Hervey Bay than this. Divers will love Hervey Bay for its range of extremely accessible dive sites and snorkelling opportunities, while those who prefer their fun above water can take part in the likes of scenic cruises, waterskiing, kayaking, surfing and swimming. This charming coastal nature also comes with plenty of greenery to explore inland, some dashes of history mixed in, and an overall wide range of things to see and do for lovers of the Great Outdoors.

Whether you’re out to explore and take part in the various seaside or island activities or simply after a relaxing destination that tends to be far less crowded from other, larger counterparts, Hervey Bay and its surrounds provide a peaceful yet stunning environment in which to escape from urban life. For more info on Hervey Bay, check out our most popular Hervey Bay travel articles below.

Top 10 Things to do in - Hervey Bay and surrounds

Whale Watching
#1
Fraser Island
#2
The Esplanade
#3
Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
#4
Skydiving
#5
Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere
#6
WetSide Water Education Park
#7
Go Karting
#8
Ocean Therapies
#9
ReefWorld Aquarium
#10

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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