Hervey Bay is located on the Fraser Coast, and is a popular starting point to visit nearby Fraser Island. Hervey Bay is also an ideal spot to go whale watching, during the whales migration between July and November.
The town is an attractive place, with its numerous beaches backed by pretty parkland and beautiful greenery, including and several picnic spots within the parkland.
There are 5 major areas around Hervey Bay - Pialba, Scarness, Torquay, Urangan and Urraween. Pialba is the main shopping center in Hervey Bay, and most of the accommodation and restaurants are located at Scarness and Torquay as well as Shelley Beach.
One can easily get between the resorts by heading along the Esplanade, which is a beautiful, but long walk, as well as a picturesque drive. If following the Esplanade north one will get to Point Vernon where can enjoy some fascinating views along the coast, towards Hervey Bay.
There are a numerous places to stay around Hervey Bay, with countless hostels and apartments along the Esplanade and Torquay Road. The Esplanade is also the right place to go if looking for some good food, as there are plenty of restaurants and cafes along.
One can reach Hervey Bay on the main bus routes running north and south along the coast. One can also get a train to Maryborough West, from where a bus connects it to Hervey Bay itself. A great way to get around the town is by bike, although there is some limited bus service during the week and on Saturday mornings.
If planning to go to Fraser Island, then one can also hire a 4WD, although one will have to travel south to River Heads to get the vehicle over to Fraser Island. If you would like to go fishing, head to Urangan Pier which is a great spot for fishing lovers. There are also cruises available here and diving courses, which are a good idea if on your way to the Great Barrier Reef. Around the town one will find numerous animal museums and parks including Hervey Bay Nature World, Neptune's Reef World, Vic Hislop's Great White Shark Expo, etc.
Hervey Bay is also home to several festivals throughout the year:
Jan - Australia Day Celebrations
Jan - Hervey Bay Reef & Beef Rodeo
May - Fraser Coast Show
May - Toyota Fraser Island Fishing Expo
May - Yag'ubi Multicultural Festival
July - Bayside Handicrafts Arts & Crafts Expo
August - Hevery Bay Whale Festival
August - Wide Bay Garden Expo
Oct - Hevery Bay Seafood Festival
Oct - Pier to Pier Ocean Classic
Nov - Fraser Coast Game Fishing Classic
Dec - Carols by Candlelight
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