Toogoom is a small township a few miles north of Hervey Bay... just take care not to blink, or you may miss it.. lol..
There is a lovely hotel/resturant right on the beach, with an indoor/outdoor eating area.
You can wine and dine, or just enjoy a beer,
and the tranquil setting. And enjoy a beautiful sunset.
Hervey - with an "E" : said with an "A" - "har"
Just when you thought you were getting a simple English name to pronounce after all the complexities of Australian place name pronunciation*, you are confronted with "Hervey" - if it had been spelt "H-a-r-v-e-y Bay" there'd be no problem..... 'cause that's the way it is said.
* Cooloola, Mooloola, Mooloolaba, Coolangatta, etc etc etc
Virtualtourist doesn't help either - having two "Hervey Bay"s in its data base both having the same location on the "map" built into the data base.
There is of course Hervey Bay the body of water bounded by Fraser Island and mainland Australia named by Captain Cook. There is also a "city" named "Hervey Bay" located on the mainland at the southern end of the bay.
Virtualtourist 's maps show a point out in the waters of the bay as both locations.
"Whale Watching & Fraser Island Portal"
The Bay provides an ideal venue to get close-up to mighty migrating humpback whales from late July to November. Coincidentally this period is one of the best times of the year weather-wise to visit this part of Australia.
There are several options available for twice daily boat tours originating from the Great Sandy Straits Marina (ie the boat harbour at Urangan). Departure times 0830 and 1330.
The modern fast catamarans are equipped with under water observation points and hydrophones to extend the above water viewing experience. Some companies give a money-back- guarantee that you will see a whale.
Check the video of "Spirit of Hervey Bay" arriving after morning whale watch outing. click "Videos (1)" at top of page.
Another reason to visit Hervey Bay is to access Fraser Island. There are companies offering guided tours and there are places hiring four wheel drive vehicles and camping equipment for do-it-yourself explorations of the island.
Before you do it yourself please read about the dangers involved.
"Derivation of name "Hervey Bay""
Captain James Cook named the bay "Hervey's Bay" in May 1770 after Lord Augustus Hervey, an admiral of the Blue, the Earl of Bristol who was Captain Cook's boss.
LATITUDE: 25º 17' S [Decimal Degrees -25.290º]
LONGITUDE: 152º 50' E [Decimal Degrees 152.840º]