Hervey Bay region lies at the south end of Hervey Bay – a wide mouthed bay that stretches from Bundaberg in the north-west across the waters to the north end of Fraser Island and down to Hervey Bay!
Hervey Bay is a great central point for exploring the Fraser Coast. It is a growth region made up of several suburbs spreading along the Coastal fringe.
Just 30kms from Maryborough, Hervey Bay used to be a holiday haven serviced by steam trains from Maryborough which travelled out to Urangan (suburb of Hervey Bay) and sometimes out onto the Urangan Pier to service ships which brought in oil and fuel and shipped out raw sugar and timber.
The Pier originally stretched over a kilometre out into the bay, but has been shortened and is now preserved for pedestrians and fishers. In the 1920’s, this pier was the biggest coal export facility in Queensland.
A walkway/cycleway along the foreshore stretches 13km from Gatakers Bay in the west to the Boat Club situated on the Boat Harbour at the eastern end.
Amenities include health, education, entertainment, sporting and retail facilities, many retirement villages, and transport by road, rail, and coach to most of Queensland (and beyond) and Brisbane and Sydney by air.
Hervey Bay is one of the departure points to Fraser Island by barge
Whale watching on Hervey Bay is arguably the best vantage point in the world for sightseeing of the Humpback whales as they “winter” in this area. The females consider Hervey Bay as their maternity ward and most of the ladies calve in these waters between early August and October. Numbers of Humpback whales have been growing steadily over the past few years and it is a very rare trip onto the Bay that doesn’t see whales during the Whale Watch season.
Hervey Bay is home to a wonderful museum which is comprised of many old buildings that have been relocated to the 1.2 hectare site. It tells the story of Hervey Bay. On special occasions, there are varied demonstrations of old style skills. The whole museum has been assembled to offer a very realistic look at how people lived and worked, and learned in this district many years ago. It’s not just steam that brings back the old days. Relive your own (or your grandparents) youth with a visit to this museum.
More information about tourist features and accommodation can be found through the Fraser Coast Tourism website. For information specific to our special places of interest look at our individual pages for Maryborough and it’s attractions, or otherwise for information on Fraser Island.