Its subtropical waters are safe, sheltered and
stinger-free, making swimming, sailing, water
sports and fishing a-year-round possibility; and
watch out for the gentle giants. Humpback
whales stop here in their tens of thousands on
their journey south to Antarctica.
From Brisbane, Hervey Bay is a three hour
drive north along the Bruce Highway, or just a
40 minute direct flight with Qantas Link. Virgin
Australia operates direct flights from Sydney to
Hervey Bay Airport, with connections from
most Australian capital cities.
When to visit
It’s an ideal 26 degrees year-round, however if
you time your visit between July and
November, you’ll increase your chances of
whale spotting. A perfect winter escape!
Families are spoilt for choice in Hervey Bay.
Fraser Lodge Holiday Park is a 4.5 star site
offering camping and caravanning sites, units
and villas, while you can secure a waterfront
apartment at Mantra Hervey Bay. Two- and
Three-Bedroom Suites are ideal for families.
Walk the length of the historic Urangan Pier
almost one kilometre into the ocean. Cast a
line in off the edge and if the kids don’t reel
one in, there’s no need to fret. You can settle
for fish and chips from the Urangan precinct
and its multiple dining options.
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens is set on 26
hectares and contains the Orchid House,
home to 20,000 of the delicate florals and you
make use of the barbeques too. For local arts,
crafts and baked goodies, the Koala Markets
run on the second, fourth, and fifth Sunday of
every month at Kruger Court in Urangan.
Before you continue on to Fraser Island, be
sure to make a stop at the Fraser Coast
Discovery Sphere, where an underwater
encounter with humpback whales prepares the
kids for the real thing. Here, the dreamtime
legends and artworks of the Butchulla People
provide a fascinating education outside of the
classroom. For the main event, embark on a
half-day whale watching cruise with Spirit of
Hervey Bay during school holidays in either
the morning or afternoon. Six viewing decks,
the largest underwater viewing rooms, free
Wi-Fi and activities for kids make this a
family-friendly cruise like no other.
Hervey Bay Boat Club:
Alfresco and indoor dining and a kids’ menu
with all the essentials.
Enzo’s on the Beach:
Water views, beanbags in the sand and lots of
choices. The ultimate summer vibe.
Good old fashioned fish ’n’ chips.