Hervey Bay & Fraser Island

A Serene Aquatic Sanctuary

Bordered by 40 kilometres of pristine beaches, Hervey Bay offers access to islands, adventure, wildlife and a beautiful, safe, aquatic playground for visitors. The Bay is easily accessibale from Brisbane: just a 3.5 hour drive or a short 45-minute flight away.

Hervey Bay is renowned the world for its whale watching opportunities. On their annual migration between the feeding grounds of Antarctic and the Great Barrier Reef, majestic Humpback Whales spend between three and five days in Hervey Bay, resting or feeding their newborn calves. Their arrival sparks off the annual Whale Festival in August, when the city comes alive with music, food and parades in celebration of the beauty of nature.

Hervey Bay is also the gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, a stunning example of pristine Australian wilderness. The sheltered waters of Hervey Bay are protected by Fraser Island, offering a perfect swimming environment. The area is also known for its superb fishing, as well as a wide range active adventures, such as kite-boarding, horse riding and go-karting. Hervey Bay's foreshore offers 14 kilometres of shared pedestrian, wheelchair and bicycle pathways, as well as children's play areas, public shower and toilet facilities and areas for picnics and barbeques.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Explore Fraser Island: Enjoy easy access from Hervey Bay to the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island.
  2. Celebrate at the Whale Festival: Catch a glimpse of a humpback whale as they migrate from Antartic waters to the tropics.
  3. Walk the Rainbow: Wander gently through the colourful national parks of Rainbow Beach or tackle the Cooloola Great Walk, a spectacular 100km coastal trek.

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Hervey Bay Island chapter in our Brisbane & Sunshine Coast online brochure. Click here.

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