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Why visit Hervey Bay
If your idea of the perfect holiday involves getting away from a busy lifestyle and relaxing in a natural paradise, then Queensland's Hervey Bay might be your dream destination. Three hours north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay and the neighbouring Fraser Island transport you into an official stress-free holiday zone, complete with sweeping golden beaches, aquatic adventures and an unspoiled island wilderness.
Best time to visit Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay is described as having a sub-tropical climate meaning temperatures are warm and mild year-round and there are no extreme variations in temperature however winter (June-August) is cooler than summer (December-February). Over summer, temperatures reach the low to mid 30's in degrees celsius with accompanying humidity that can make it feel hotter and cause some rain. Over winter, temperatures reach a maximum of 26 degree celsius though usually average in the mid to high teens. The best time to visit Hervey Bay for summer activities is over November to March while temperatures are still high. Opt for winter for milder temperatures and whale watching season which falls over August to October.
Getting around Hervey Bay
If you're looking to get around Hervey Bay without a car, there are regular bus services that visit the main attractions of the city. The Wide Bay Transit bus service offers public and private bus services and will be your main way of getting around without a car. Alternatively, you can look into hiring a car or, if you like stretching your legs, you can visit most of the central attractions via foot.
What to do in Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay's endless choice of safe, warm swimming waters offer families the ideal aquatic playground. Set along 20km of pristine calm-water beaches, the bay is a haven for swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, diving, water and jet skiing, windsurfing, and snorkeling. Hervey Bay is also the gateway to the world's largest sand island and nature lover's paradise - Fraser Island. The World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is an ecological masterpiece of giant sand dunes, rainforests, open beaches, freshwater streams and lakes and an exceptional range of unique flora and fauna.
Free things to do in Hervey Bay
Stroll or bike along the Esplanade Spanning 17km and running the entire length of the bay, the Esplanade is a great way to spend the day for those who like good views with their exercise. It's a long walk or ride so you can break it up into parts and take breaks at the many cafes spotted along the esplanade. Start at Vernon Point for a coffee and a quick hello to the local kangaroos before embarking on the rest of your journey. Spend the day at the beach Slap on some sunscreen and head out to your favourite Hervey Bay beach for a spot of swimming, tanning and relaxing. The waters in Hervey Bay are calm and stinger free so are safe to swim in and great for families. With 17km of coastline, there's a lot of beaches to choose from. Head over to Urangan Beach for its convenient, central location and walk along the iconic Urangan Pier, stretching out 868 metres over the water.
Fun things to do in Hervey Bay
See marine wildlife on a boat tour Hervey Bay is known for its clear waters, pristine coral reefs, and marine wildlife, and one of the best ways to get amongst it is to hop on a boat tour. Hop on the Turtle Discovery and Cultural Eco Tour for a chance to see the coral reef and accompanying sea life through a glass bottom boat. Alternatively hop on a whale watching tour to see these majestic creatures frolicking in the water. Hervey Bay is known for superb whale watching, don't be surprised if the whales swim over to get a closer look. Westside water park Westside Water Park offers free entry and is a summer haven for families. Kids can play amongst the water activities while parents supervise from the adjoining cafes and restaurants. The park is mostly free with some fees associated with the slides. Day trip to Fraser Island There are a number of islands to visit around Hervey Bay with one of the best being UNESCO world heritage listed Fraser Island. Think pristine sand, clear blue waters teeming with marine life, and unparalleled natural beauty. You can catch a ferry across from Hervey Bay or organise a private charter. Once you get to Fraser Island explore the walking tracks, go for a snorkel, or take to the ocean in a kayak. There are plenty of things to do and see in Fraser Island, you might need more than a day trip!
Where to eat & drink in Hervey Bay
If you want to get a taste of the locals' favourite and visit an iconic institution in Hervey Bay, you can't go past Enzo's on the Beach. With unobstructed views of Scarness Beach, you'll feel like you're eating right on the beach. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Enzo's on the Beach warrants at least one visit. To start your day in a healthy way, drop into Hervey Bay General Store for locally roasted Hervey Bay coffee and a range of nutritious breakfast options from vegan to gluten-free to keto, there's something for everyone.
Where to stay in Hervey Bay
With 17km of coastline, waterfront accommodation is the name of the game when it comes to where to stay in Hervey Bay. If you're on a holiday and looking to relax, stay in Urangan. Located near shops and restaurants, beaches, and the pier, Urangan keeps you in the thick of things at Hervey Bay. Or stay at nearby Fraser Island for a night or two if heading out that way to explore. Wherever you decide to stay Accor has you covered with a range of waterfront accommodation options. Simply pick your favourite and take in the views.