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What are the best things to do in Hervey Bay?
Take a day trip to Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. From top to bottom, it stretches for an impressive 120 kilometres (75 miles). It is also super easy to visit from Hervey Bay. While visiting Queensland’s Fraser Coast on flights to Hervey Bay, take some time to explore the beaches and wildlife of this unique island. Guided tours are available, which range from single-day trips to three-day/two-night adventures. If you’re a true explorer, consider doing a self-guided tour of Fraser Island between your return flights to Hervey Bay. Top things to do on Fraser Island include driving along 75 Mile Beach, swimming in Eli Creek, and spotting the Pinnacles rocks.
Go whale watching
Hervey Bay is the unofficial whale-watching capital of Australia. So if you’re interested in spotting some whales, you’ve come to the right place! Book your airfare to Hervey Bay between July and November, which is when humpback whales migrate past the Fraser Coast. Many tour companies offer whale-watching tours where you can see humpback whales – and the occasional dolphin – up close in their natural habitat. If you book cheap flights to Hervey Bay during whale migration season, you may even get lucky and spot some of these gorgeous animals from Urangan Pier on the mainland!
Hervey Bay Historical Village
While holidaying on flights to Hervey Bay, take a step back in time to the city’s early years. The Hervey Bay Historical Village tells the story of how the city became what it is today. Hervey Bay was first discovered by Captain Cook in 1770, and the region’s early settlers arrived soon after. The Historical Village features 27 buildings that date back to that period and showcase different aspects of life as a settler in Hervey Bay. Browse a wide range of artefacts and enjoy hands-on demonstrations of old-fashioned blacksmith tools, horse-drawn buggies, and cane harvesting machinery. If a Sunday falls between your return flights to Hervey Bay, head to the village for a lively craft market. Tickets to Hervey Bay Historical Village cost $3 AUD ($3.10 NZD) for children and $10 AUD ($10.40 NZD) for adults.
How much time should I spend in Hervey Bay?
Depending on how many activities you’re hoping to fit in, plan return flights to Hervey Bay for three to seven days. During a three-day visit, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city and take a day-trip to Fraser Island. But a week-long trip allows extra time to immerse yourself in the nature of the Fraser Coast. Embark on a three-day tour of Fraser Island and spend a day at sea getting up-close and personal with humpback whales (if you book flights to Hervey Bay during whale migration season). You could even pick up a rental car from Hervey Bay Airport (HVB) and explore more of the Fraser Coast like Rainbow Beach, Maryborough, and the Great Beach Drive.
What’s on in Hervey Bay?
Hervey Bay Whale Festival
Since whale-watching is such a popular activity in Hervey Bay, it’s no surprise that its largest and best-known festival centres around whales! Over the course of two weeks, Hervey Bay celebrates the beginning of the whale migration season. If your cheap flights to Hervey Bay fall during the event, expect lots of live music, seafood barbecues, food stalls along the waterfront, and ocean-themed crafting activities. If you’d like to attend the Hervey Bay Whale Festival, book your tickets to Hervey Bay between late July and early August. And if you book flights to Hervey Bay for the festival, have an even better experience by going on a whale-watching tour too!
Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays
If you book cheap flights to Hervey Bay for the weekend, rub elbows with the locals at Food ‘n’ Groove Fridays. This food festival sets up in City Park for the first Friday of the month between September and December and every Friday evening between January and April. Hear live music from local bands and grab a drink while indulging in food inspired by world-wide cuisines. You can also browse a handful of market stalls selling local crafts – perfect to take home as a souvenir.
WetSide Light Show Spectacular
During the day, WetSide is a popular water park for children. Then on Saturday evenings at 7pm, it comes alive with a vibrant light show. While holidaying on flights to Hervey Bay, grab a spot along the Esplanade for a great view of the action, or make an evening of it by enjoying a meal with a view at WetSide’s seafood shack or Italian restaurant. You can catch the WetSide Light Show Spectacular if you book airfare to Hervey Bay between September and May.