Hervey Bay promotes itself as the whale watching capital of Australia. Unfortunately we can’t make any comment on that statement as there simply wasn’t enough time when we visited to squeeze in a whale watching cruise. Looking at all the brochures and listening to the stories of tourists we met, we will definitely head back that way to experience it for ourselves.
As far as accommodation the choice is huge. A special mention to Hervey Bay Caravan Park: the gardens are well maintained, the facilities clean and the friendly service has won us over. If you are into bowls, you will be happy to know that the park is located next to a very active bowls club.
Although this is a fairly big town, it managed to keep that relaxed holiday feeling. You could spend a whole day strolling along the foreshore or exploring the huge variety of shops and cafes on offer on the Esplanade.
There is 15 kilometres of pathway along the foreshore stretching from Point Vernon to Urangan Marina. The views from anywhere along the foreshore is absolutely beautiful with Fraser Island always visible on the horizon.
Passenger ships to Fraser Island leave from Urangan Marina. It is also home to a fleet of fishing and whale watching vessels, yachts as well as boutiques, cafes, restaurants and booking agencies for several tours.
The 70 year old Urangan Pier played a vital roll in the export of sugar and coal in the past. Today it is a great place to take a stroll, wet your fishing line or practise your photography from.
We also enjoyed a leisurely walk through the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. What stood out in these gardens were the bush chapel – fabulous spot for a wedding – and the orchid house. Entry to the orchid house is $2 per person and is well worth it if you enjoy flowers.
A last gem I want to share is Arkarra wetlands. It is situated 10 minutes drive from town on Panorama Drive. There is an abundance of birdlife around the lagoons. It used to be a Balinese tea garden as well. According to locals the business is up for sale, so if any of you are thinking about a sea change, this might be it!