Whale watching off Hervey Bay between August and November every year is a magnificent experience. You can choose from around twenty boat operators which include a half day whale cruise lunch and drinks you will usually get to see dolphins and turtles and can have your trip put onto DVD to buy. reasonable prices and first class service. added bonus get to have a look at some islands including Fraser.
Organised from any hotel and Marina. Prices are all within a couple dollars of each other. Except one- luxury whale cruiser has just started.
There are lots of boats to choose from. We didn't pre book, instead we wandered down to the marina early morning and checked them out first. There are some very large boats with lots of people on them, we chose a medium size one. The crew were fantastic. Lots of info given on the whales.
I can recommend QUICK CAT 11.
Other than joining one of the cruises, there are several other attractions around Hervey Bay. If you enjoy fishing then head to Urangan Pier which is a great spot to wet a line.
Or just go down there for a walk, It's one of the longest piers I have ever seen.
Well, I am not sure this is really a 'Must See Activity'.. I mean, what are the chances of coming across something like this in your travels. lol..
But, chances are you could see this in Hervey Bay, as we have a good population of green frogs here.. and that has to be a good sign.
When I found this adorable couple on my front porch, I just knew I had to share it with you all.. There was no way this little guy was going to let go.. ;-)
Hervey Bay Library opened its doors on the 1st. of March 1997. This new facility housed the first joint use community/University Library Collection in Australia.
The library also established the first regional public art gallery in the Wide-Bay area within this facility.
The Hervey Bay City Council and University of Southern Queensland partnership has enabled a quality academic and community library service to be made available in a regional centre.
The library boasts a wide range of services including...
Children's storytelling and holiday activities
Word processing/typewriting facilities
USQ 24 hour computer laboratory
Inter Library Loans service
Community Access to the University Collection
Local and Family History Collection
Reference research facilities
2 branch libraries
public use photocopier and laminating.
If your in Hervey Bay around July to November make sure you go on a whale watching cruise. We went on a smaller boat called the "Eclipse", because it was a bit cheaper and I think it was a bit more personal with less people. Lunch and drinks were provided. If you are lucky enough like we were, the whales will come right up to the boat and go underneath. There were alot of great photo opportunities. It was awesome !!
See more of my photos on my Hervey Bay intro.
Hervey Bay is a paradise for birds. They are everywhere. Many different varieties.
Some are actually eager for human contact, as these were when I was taking photos.
Didn't seem to mind at all that I was getting closer and closer.. ;-)
For as long as I can remember, Hervey Bay has always had a large colony of fruit bats. You can see them hanging from the trees, in one particular area.. during daylight.
When the sun begins to set, the sky is absolutey full with these creatures, flying to their regular feeding grounds.
I am still amazed by these creatures, and even more so by the number of them that live here.
Three Islands can be seen from Hervey Bay.. Round Island, which is very small, and the the closest to the mainland..
Woody Island, which is much bigger, and located a little further out.. and Frazer Island, a little further on from there.
The beaches in Hervey Bay are rarely overcrowded. Many find it a great place to do their daily 'keep fit' activities, so mornings and evenings take on a atmosphere all it's own.. the evenings are especially beautiful, with the setting sun lending it's incredible colors over the water.
Hervey Bay is a major access point for Lady Elliot Island, first of the Islands of The Great Barrier Reef. Flights run several times daily with the opportunity to stay on the small coral cay or just visit for the day.
A short ride across the bay, on a barge or catamaran, will have you on one of our loveliest Islands. Frazer Island is the largest sand Island in the world, and has some very unique things to do and see.
You can go on safaris, tours, camping, or stay at one of the beautiful resorts.
There are rainforests, lakes, surf, and where else can you have a Runway, a Highway and a beach, all on the same strip of sand.. it would help however, if you all kept a very close eye on the tides.. lol.. but then again, if you are into a bit of excitement.. I wouldn't let the incoming tides worry you too much.. They do go out again, eventually... ;-)
You can also hire a 4 Wheel Drive in Hervey Bay, take it across on the barge with you, and do some exploring of your own.
Camping on the Island is allowed, but you need a permit.
Vic Hislop is famous around these parts, for knowing a thing or two about sharks.
He has a Shark Show in Hervey Bay, as well as some other places in Queensland.
This one is certainly worth a visit.
Just adding to the previous activity...
One activity here, can turn into many.. If you like looking at boats, or just enjoy walking around water, or having a snack, this place can do wonders for your soul.
You can make a days outing, just by visiting the Marina. As well as taking in some lovely sites, there are many unusual and unique stores to see and browse through. Everything from souvenirs, to gemstones, as well as a lot of unique things related to this region.
Aboriginal artworks are one of the things that are a lot of interest to many visitors here.
You can also enjoy wining and dining right on the water, or just a casual snack to diminish the hunger pangs until dinner.