Hervey Bay is the largest city and the hub of tourism activity on Queenslands fabulous Fraser Coast. It is consistently one of Australia's fastest growing cities and now has several plaza style shopping centers, a fantastic boat harbour and lots of new resort style accommodation. It is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in south east Queensland. There are many things apart from the fantastic sub tropical climate that attract people to the Hervey Bay region. It is only three hours drive north from Brisbane and it now has its own airport with direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne available.
The city itself has grown from the growth and joining of four coastal fishing and holiday villages. Urangan, Scarness, Torquay and Pialba are now joined together as suburbs of greater Hervey Bay. The Esplanade is 16 kilometers long and fronted by a mixture of new resorts and older style holiday flats, so you can take your choice of standards. There are also three council run caravan parks right on the beachfront so if you are on a campervan holiday, Hervey Bay is a great destination. The beach here is unusual in that it runs from East to West and Fraser Island which lies just offshore, protects it from the ocean swells. This means that Hervey Bays beach has calm water making it a great family beach and one of the best windsurfing and small boat sailing regions in Australia. The fishing here is great. The main pier is 1.4 kilometers long and has been fully refurbished as a recreational asset. Fishing from the pier can be sensational with fish like Barramundi, Spanish Mackerel and Golden Trevally being regularly taken. There has even been a marlin caught from the pier. Fishing charter boats are also available to take you to the outer reef areas. Some of the Hervey Bay beach houses accommodation on the esplanade is world standard. During the recent real estate boom many new resorts were constructed and there is now a really good choice of quality places to stay.
Hervey Bay is also world famous as a whale watching destination. During the months from July through to November, thousands of humpback whales visit the calm waters of Hervey Bay to calve and rear their young. A dozen or so modern charter boats take tens of thousands of excited visitors out to see them every year during the annual migration. Hervey Bay is also the main jumping off point for Fraser Island. Many tours leave from here every day and vehicular ferries cross the great Sandy Straits to take four wheel drive vehicles and tour buses to and from the island.
If you are looking for a new and exciting holiday destination for your Australian holiday then come and stay in Hervey Bay for a few days.