The centre of a thriving tourism region, Hervey Bay is a rapidly
growing resort city in southeastern Queensland. Hervey Bay makes a
perfect base to the explore the many coastal towns and attractions of
Where is it?: Queensland: Burnett/Fraser Coast. Hervey Bay is situated
290 km north of Brisbane on the shores of the South Pacific Ocean,
midway between Noosa and the Sunshine Coast in the south, and Bundaberg
and the Burnett Coast in the north.
The 'Bay' benefits from a near perfect sub-tropical climate with no
real extremes (average 30 degrees Celsius in summer and 23 degrees in
winter) and has been rated as having the top three of 'best climates'
of any tourist destination in the world.
Places of interest: Point Vernon; Burrum Heads; Fraser Island; Hervey Bay; Woody Island, Great Sandy National Park
Things to see and Do: wildlife park; bird sanctuary; Neptune's Marine
Aquarium; Vic Hislop's Shark Show; Urangan Pier (1.4 km long); Matthew
Flinders Memorial, Dayman Park; Memorial to the Kanakas; Hervey Bay
historical Village and Museum.
Things to see and do
Hervey Bay itself has numerous wide beaches, and is a mecca for
whale watchers (June to October). Much of Queensland's whale watching
activities are based at Hervey Bay.
There are many interesting tours and cruises operating out of Hervey
Bay. These include trips Fraser Island, Moon Point Bank and Lady Elliot
Island; scuba diving trips; glass bottom boat cruises to view coral
reefs and viewing platforms which are great to see the surrounding
areas of the bay. There is also a vast range of fishing charters
throughout the year.
Hervey Bay is only a short distance from Fraser Island, the world's
largest sand island. Fraser is a unique part of the Fraser Coast
region, and its unusual formation of sand and rainforest make it a
special source of adventure for visitors to explore. Although well
known among fisherman and 4WD enthusiasts, it is the history and
Aboriginal heritage that gives Fraser Island its individual character,
expressed through wonderful coloured sand cliffs, unique fresh water
lakes and diverse flora and wildlife.
To the south of Hervey Bay is the historic city of Maryborough (35 km)
and the Cooloola Coast (108 km) - Cooloola Cove is a quiet coastal
community; Tin Can Bay is a fishing and boating paradise where wild
dolphins come into the bay most mornings to be fed; Rainbow Beach is
popular with four wheel drive enthusiasts, hang-gliders and beach
To the north of Hervey Bay are the peaceful seaside communities of
Burrum Heads (27 km), Elliott Heads, Innes Park and Bargara.
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About Hervey Bay
Located 293 km from Brisbane and 125 km from Bundaberg, Hervey Bay
was originally named Hervey's Bay by Lt. James Cook (in the Admiralty
copy of his journal) when he passed there on 21th May 1770, after naval
officer The Hon. Augustus Hervey. Hervey Bay has two sister cities,
according to the Australian Sister Cities Association; Otsuki, Japan
and Temuka, New Zealand.
Until recent years, Hervey Bay was a string of small townships
stretching along the coast. In 1976 the population was only 8,000.
Rapid population growth can, in a large part, be attributed to the
sea-change phenomenon, which brought an influx of large numbers of
retirees seeking a relaxed coastal lifestyle in the latter decades of
the 20th century. The City of Hervey Bay was originally an amalgamation
of seaside villages including Pialba, Point Vernon, Scarness, Torquay
and Urangan. As the city has grown, there are now new suburbs and these
have merged into each other. Towns outside the Hervey Bay area but
within the city council boundaries include River Heads, Dundowran,
Toogoom, Craignish, Booral, Aldershot, Howard, Torbanlea and Burrum