Hervey Bay Things to Do

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    Visit Flinders Lookout

    by pedroswift Updated Sep 23, 2010
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    Are you interested in Australian History?
    Visit Matthew Flinders Lookout just a few kilometers north of the great Sandy Straits Marina at Urangan.
    Flinders explored and mapped the Bay in the "Norfolk" in 1799. There is a memorial to Matt who played an important role in putting Australia on the map literally. He was a great naval explorer and map maker and he did much to chart our coast line during a monumental voyage in 1801-3. Not only that, he chose "Australia" as the place name to describe our continent. He didn't just dream that name up. It had been known as "Terra Australis" on maps drawn up to that period.
    I’m particularly glad to have visited this Lookout. I was delighted to find a memorial to Matt planted by students from the local high school. They have planted trees – “Flindersia australis” with the common name “Crows Ash”. I was aware of the common name but had not realized that it was named after our hero, Matt.
    Co-sited at Flinders Lookout are memorials to allied soldiers who lost their lives in maritime expeditions Jaywick and Rimau (1943 & 1944) against Japanese shipping in Singapore during WWII.
    Drive or, better still, walk or cycle along the coastal pathway to visit the Lookout.
    photo 1: Lookout
    photo 2: "Norfolk" plaque
    photo 3: Flindersia australis plaque
    photo 4: Flindersia australis tree
    photo 5: Jaywick and Rimau Memorial

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    Vic Hislop's Great White Shark Expo

    by robertgaz Updated May 29, 2008

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    Vic Hislop's Great White Shark Expo

    Vic Hislop's Great White Shark Expo is full of memoribila collected by this self styled shark expert.

    His exhibition includes the world's largest known shark jaw on display!

    Some people might find Vic's views on hunting sharks a bit controversial.

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    Whale watching

    by robertgaz Updated May 29, 2008

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    Humpback whales frequent Hervey Bay from from mid July until early November each year and Hervey Bay Whale Watch run daily tours from 8am to 12 noon and again at 1pm to 5pm.

    On the day that I went out, the sea was so rough that even the fishing fleet didn't bother going out. Needless to say there were a few sick landlubbers but I managed to hold my breakfast down.

    So I ended up spending a bit of time staying down wind of some sick sailors which was a bit tricky everytime the boat changed direction chasing whales... and it was worth every cent just to see these magnificent mammals!

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    Whale Watching

    by ValbyDK Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    Hervey Bay Marine Park was declared in 1989. It is zoned to conserve the natural resources of the tidal lands and waters of Hervey.

    Humpback whales occur in the bay from 1 August to 30 November each year.

    There are many boats going whale watching from Hervey Bay. I think you can book a tour at your accommodation.

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    We went whale watching with M.V. Mikat, and had a really good day in the bay. The M.V. Mikat is a 20 m ocean-going catamaran. We saw several humpback whales and some of them got really close to the boat.

    Lunch is included in the tour. Only bad thing was the information video - we couldn't hear the sound.

    Remember to bring: Sunscreen, camera and maybe medication for motion sickness.

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  • Fraser Island Tour

    by mjjnh Written May 12, 2007

    Fraser Island has self guided tours taking in all aspects of the island. Meals are included and the tours are available overnight or daily. I fed freshwater turtles, swam in pure clear water and encounted massive forests. the commnetary along the tour was great, so much history. There are guided walking tours available which take in incredible landscape.

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  • Whale Watching

    by mjjnh Written May 12, 2007

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    Whale Watching tours start july to November every year. Meals and commnetary included. These tours are very personal ,you really do get great photos and thewhales are giants and beautiful. Once in a lifetime experience.

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    Wedding Chapel - In the Gardens

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Oct 14, 2006

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    The Botanical Gardens have a lovely 'Wedding Chapel' set among the trees. It is not a building, but a lovely paved area, with an Alter, and natural surroundings. The gardens also provide the perfect setting for photographs of your special day.

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    long walks

    by Greybilby Updated Sep 30, 2006

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    on the beach, gazing sunsets and sunrise, down by Urangan Pier or Ferry Docks to Frazer Island. enjoy the quiet and natures gift.
    but of course Hervey Bay has much more to offer.considering the place as Whale Watch Capital of the World and the Gateway to the magnificent Frazer Island.
    Hervey Bay is a very popular holiday destination, with its safe beaches, relaxed lifestyle and ideal climate and wildlife galore.

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    Coral Viewing..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Krystal Klear is a 40 foot glass-bottom coral viewing boat, that runs half-day tours.
    This five hour tour provides coral viewing and reef snorkeling in the safe waters of Hervey Bay. Enjoy feeding the fish, turtle viewing and the occasional dolphin sighting.
    Swim in the cool, calm waters of Round Island. A lovely barbecue lunch is included.

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    Relaxing as you watch the Sunset..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Sunset...

    Relax while the sun disappears beyond the horizon, or behind the swaying palm trees. A lovely time to be by the beach, or pretty much anywhere else in Hervey Bay.. Ofcoarse, it's always nicer if you share this with someone special..

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    Round Island Activities..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Round Island..

    Round Island is the closest of all the Islands. It is quite small, and people often go and have a picnic or bbq there.
    It is also a good fishing spot, for those who like to throw in the occasional line.
    Krystal Clear Coral viewing and snorkling tours, also stop here for their bbq lunches, which makes for a really nice day.

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    Historic Houses..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    House..

    Hervey Bay has many old houses, in the style of the 'Queenslander' Some have been beautifully restored and preserved, and well looked after.. where as others have been let go, and really in need of some repair work.

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    As you drive into the Bay..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Gardens..

    As you drive into Hervey Bay, you will be greeted by lovely gardens on the roadside of Boat Harbour Drive.. This road goes from one end of Hervey Bay, to the other, it is a very long road, that comes to an end at the Marina. It also runs parallel with the esplanade for a good part of the way..

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    Shell Museum..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Shell Museum

    The Shell Museum has a large collection of many different types of shells.. Interesting displays are on show, as well as many available for purchase. There are also other items for sale.. Souvenirs, Jewellry, and Gemstones.
    There is also a cafe, where you can spend some time relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

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    Fishing..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Jun 15, 2006

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    Hervey Bay is well known for it's great fishing.
    You can fish in many different ways here... Off the pier, the rocks, the beaches, out on the bay in a dingy, or go way out with the many fishing boats operators, on a half or full day fishing trip. One thing is certain, you rarely return without some good catches.

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