From the 1950’s to 1980’s Hervey Bay was know as the Caravan Capital of Queensland. Nowadays its more often referred to as the Whale Watching Capital of the World. Hervey (pronounced Harvey) Bay is located 3.5 hours drive north of Brisbane and is the gateway to World Heritage Fraser Island.
The Bay’s population of approximately 65,000 enjoy a pleasant subtropical climate with winter temperatures ranging from 15 to 24 degrees, and in summer from 23 to 30 degrees. Hervey Bay’s relatively calm waters are sheltered by Fraser Island to the east, and during Spring are visited annually by large numbers of Humpback Whales.
There is plenty to see and do from swimming, paddling or fishing in the usually calm clear waters to walking or cycling along the bike path that runs from Pt Vernon at one end of the bay to Urangan at the other end. Along the Esplanade you will find dozens of cafes, restaurants and bars. There is no shortage of shopping centres, the largest one being Stocklands at Pialba.
Apartment style accommodation lines the Esplanade from Pialba to Urangan and also in the Boat Harbour area at Urangan. On the foreshore in Pialba, Scarness and Torquay you will find the council run Beachfront Caravan Parks, plus there are many other privately operated parks dotted throughout the city.
Day trips from Hervey Bay could include Whale Watching, Fraser Island, historical Maryborough or Childers, or the nearby coastal towns of Burrum Heads and Woodgate.