Whether you’re a solo traveller, loved-up couple or full-blown family, exploring nature on your holidays is awesome. One of the best destinations to do it? Queensland’s gorgeous Hervey Bay region. Located in the state’s balmy north, this beautiful coastal area is perfect for getting your dose of the outdoors.
Here are our top three tips on making the most of Hervey Bay’s natural surrounds.
1. Go whale watching
Humpback whales love Hervey Bay. It’s one of the biggest hotspots in the world for these magnificent mammals. During the humpback’s annual migration between April and October, the calm waters in and around the bay are a prime location for whale-watching. Since the whales are usually in a playful, relaxed mindset when they’re here, it’s common for curious specimens to approach vessels for a closer look.
It doesn’t get more exciting than watching these goliaths splashing around in such close proximity. If you do only one thing in Hervey Bay, you should do this! Most tour providers even offer a guarantee that you’ll see the gorgeous giants of the sea, so you know you won’t be disappointed.
2. Explore Fraser Island
Another awesome Hervey attraction is Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Stretching 120 kilometres, Fraser is hugely popular with both locals and tourists, both for its pristine natural environments and for its great fishing, swimming and 4×4 driving.
Because Fraser Island’s natural areas are protected, any tourism activity is organised with the environment in mind. The birdlife at Fraser Island is one of its most notable features, along with the presence of dingoes! These beautiful, golden-furred animals are the most purebred in Australia, and, if you’re lucky enough to see one, make sure you get a photo. Just remember that they are wild animals, so treat them with respect – don’t try to approach them, and don’t leave food out for them.
3. Visit the Historical Village and Museum
If you thought Hervey Bay lacked history, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. The Historical Village and Museum date back to the 1870s, and are requisites for any history-lover. With 19 period-specific buildings on site, the variety of memorabilia, farm/household items and interesting exhibits lets you get a sense of what life was like back in the day.
Each building has its own story, highlighting a different part of the 19th century; there are also interactive live displays available. Both the village and the museum are open every afternoon, with easy access off the esplanade.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for nature’s beauty or the wonders of the past – Hervey Bay has your holiday needs covered.