What to See in Hervey Bay: whale watching, island hopping and sunshine in Queensland, Australia

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Sun drenched, subtropical and sitting pretty on Queensland’s coast, a handful of hours north on the highway from Brisbane you’ll find Hervey Bay. Known as the whale watching capital of the Australia – and quite possibly the world, it’s a sleepy and unassuming town filled with friendly locals, a foodie vibe and an exquisite long jetty just begging to be walked at sunrise. Here’s what to see in Hervey Bay to help you have an unforgettable adventure!

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Catch the sunrise from Urangan Beach Pier

Australian shorelines all offer pretty incredible sky shows, and watching the sun wake up from the Urangan Beach Pier is no exception. Queensland does not partake in daylight savings, so in summer time this means you’ll have to be up at 4.30am to catch the first rays! That said, with sunrises like this, we highly recommend the early start – a guaranteed inspiring beginning before a day of exploring the area (just make sure you follow it up with coffee).


A morning of whale watching

As the whale watching capital of Australia, and arguably the world over, a visit to Hervey Bay is not complete without a whale watching experience. Humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic, via New Zealand and along this stretch of coast between April and October every year. The bay’s warm waters are their place for calving, before they begin their journey back south around November.

Whale watching is an awe-inspiring experience. Whales are friendly creatures – and also quite interactive with the whale watching boats (from our experience!) On our morning out at sea, we spotted at least eight different pods of whales and experienced lots of breaches, body rolls and tail flapping – not to mention unforgettable photo opportunities. Seeing whales up close is a bucket list experience and a must for your itinerary here.


Day trip to Fraser Island

As the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island stretches for 123 kilometres just off the coast of Hervey Bay. This island is equal parts rugged and idyllic. The island is home to many delights – sand blows, panoramic vistas, miles of white sand, and freshwater lakes with crystal blue waters that rival the most vivid Instagram filters. You’ll also find an impressive shipwreck, the SS Maheno, resting on the eastern shoreline – and if you’re lucky, dingoes.


Culinary delights

Despite the unpretentious vibe of Hervey Bay, the food scene in this little town is right on trend. Be sure to visit EAT @ Dan and Steph’s on the esplanade at Torquay where you can enjoy breakfast for lunch with the all day menu (we recommend the pesto scrambled eggs).

Another notable foodie mecca in town is Coast – here you’ll find locally sourced seafood and deserts of delicious calibre. And the best coffee in town? Definitely the ‘Up’ coffee cart at Oceans Resort – yes, please and thank you!


With thanks to Oceans Resort, an Ascend Hotel Collection member.

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    December 11, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Whales are so incredible!

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    December 8, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    My old dream… I wanted to see the whales in New Zealand but didn’t have the budget… So it’s still on my looong bucketlist 🙂

    jessica wright
    December 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    YES to all of this! Incredible!

    December 7, 2015 at 6:41 am

    This looks incredible! Whale watching is the best! 🙂

    December 7, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Yes, whale watching is already on my list for hervey bay! Must be so amazing!

    December 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Wow, I would love to watch whales one day x

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    December 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    This looks amazing, and it’s making me realise how much of my country I am yet to explore!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

    December 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I love whale watching!

    Velysia Zhang
    December 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Awesomee, wow you’re very lucky can capture that shot of the whales. Thanks for the suggestion, Fraser Island is the place that I wanna go as well!

    December 6, 2015 at 9:43 am

    This looks excellent!
    Very glad I came across this cause we were just debating Australia as a honeymoon destination 🙂

    December 6, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Oh, I can imagine whale watching is an unforgettable experience!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena