Hervey Bay Things to Do

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    URANGAN PIER

    by balhannah Written Sep 17, 2013

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    The Urangan Pier is an historic pier located in Urangan, Hervey Bay. In former years, it was used as a deep-water, cargo-handling facility for the export of sugar, timber and coal. A railway line from Pialba was used for the transfer of cargo between rail and ships. It was built between1 913 and 1917 and was originally 1107 metres in length. The Pier was closed in 1985 and 239 metres was demolished, no more as the general public were very upset about this!. The Public won, and the Pier remained, and today is used by many fishermen and families. We have fished from it and done quite well!
    Types of fish that are caught from Urangan Pier are: .... Summer Whiting. Best time to catch these is between September & March. These are an excellent fish for eating.
    Bream or Tarwhine:.... close to the pylons on the Pier.
    Garfish: ... Caught all year round
    Flathead:....They can be found almost everywhere and often caught from the sandbanks and first gutter at the Urangan Pier.
    Mackerel:.... Usually caught between September and May
    Golden Trevally:... Urangan Pier is a good place to catch Trevally but beware of getting tangled around the pylons.

    There is a Pier Festival, which is a fishing competition, is held every year in September
    The Pier to Pub Ocean Swim Classic is an annual swimming competition held in April since 1999.

    As we walked to the Pier, we passed a sculpture known as the "Young Boy and Fish Singing the Happy Fisherman's Song."
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    Urangan Pier Young boy & fish sculpture
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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.

    Photo from brochure
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    WHALE WATCHING TOURS

    by balhannah Written Sep 18, 2013

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    Whale watching is what the majority of people come to Hervey Bay to see between the months of July till the end of November. It is mainly the humpback whale, who comes to Hervey Bay.

    I haven't done the whale watching tour here, but according to my friend who lives in Hervey Bay, seeing the Whales here is an amazing experience. We were going out in his boat to see them, but the weather turned too rough, so another time for us! He said he's had a giant Humpback Whale dive under his boat, and he is not the only one this has happened too! He said the Whales in Hervey Bay are very used to the Boats, and are so inquisitive, they swim right up beside them, great viewing for all the tourist's. No wonder they say a Whale tour in Hervey Bay is "an experience of a lifetime".
    About 12 operators offer whale watching tours, all vessels leaving from the Urangan Boat Harbour. There are big & small boats, Catamarans and Sailing vessels.
    Some vessels have sound systems to enable passengers to hear the whales sing and offer educational videos on the journey to the Hervey Bay Marine Park, some include morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch, and there are full and half day tours available.

    Not only Whales but other marine life including dolphins, turtles, and sometimes a dugong may be sighted on the Cruise. You may be lucky and see "Migaloo' the famous White Whale.
    Prices are over the $100 and vary with each operator.

    I have listed some operators if you would like to check them out
    Awesome Adventure-that Awesome http://www.about-australia.com/tours/awesome-adventure-thats-awesome/
    Spirit of Hervey Bay http://www.spiritofherveybay.com/
    Blue Dolphin Marine Tours http://www.bluedolphintours.com.au/
    Kingfisher 1 Whale watching http://www.kingfisherbay.com/tours-and-cruises/fraser-island-cruises/whale-watching.html
    Krystal Klear http://www.krystalkleer.com.au/
    Mikat Whale Cruises http://www.discoverherveybay.com/M.VMikat/
    Shayla cruises http://shaylacruises.com.au/
    Whalesong cruises http://www.whalesong.com.au/

    Spirit of Hervey Bay Whale watch
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    HERVEY BAY WHALE FESTIVAL

    by balhannah Updated Apr 18, 2014

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    The Hervey Bay Whale Festival is held for the full month of August every year.
    We went to the 2013 Festival, of which if you look at the website, you can see the program.
    On the Saturday night, was a street parade, starting at 7 pm. All types of floats, bands and local organisations were in the parade. It wasn't anything great, would be more so if you lived there, then you would have known people in the Parade. I guess it went on for about 1 hour.
    Afterwards, we wandered around some stalls, bought some food, then went home.
    Live entertainment was included for FREE and at the end was a fireworks display.

    Hervey Bay is pretty quiet at night, so it was something to do. Approx 10,000 people turned out for the evening, and it was broadcast by the local Television station.

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    Green Frog Madness..

    by Sweetberry1 Written Oct 19, 2004

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    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.. ;-)

    Isn't nature a wonderful thing.
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    PLENTY OF GARDENS & SCULPTURES!

    by balhannah Written Sep 17, 2013

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    The first few things I noticed on entering Hervey Bay, were the many new houses and the lovely council gardens. The council has beautiful gardens on the roadsides, the round-abouts and also a Botanic Gardens.
    Hervey Bay is know for the Whales that migrate to the warm waters to give birth. To promote this, we found many Whale sculptures on our drives around Hervey Bay, even a Dolphin, as they are found in these waters. A large Whale's tail was in the middle of a round-about, a couple of large sculptures were at shopping centres, there was a large sculpture at the Cultural centre, Whales in playgrounds, a Dolphin in a garden, and probably a lot more we didn't find!

    Centre of round-about Dolphin At the Marina
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    Library-Art Gallery..

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    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...

    Internet access
    Young AdultArea
    Children's Area
    Children's storytelling and holiday activities
    Word processing/typewriting facilities
    USQ 24 hour computer laboratory
    Inter Library Loans service
    Toy Library
    Community Access to the University Collection
    Local and Family History Collection
    Reference research facilities
    2 branch libraries
    public use photocopier and laminating.

    Library-Art Gallery
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    WHALE WATCHING BOAT

    by aussiejen Written Aug 15, 2005

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    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.

    QUICK CAT II
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  • Whale Watching is Wicked !!

    by grantravel Updated Sep 8, 2004

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    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.

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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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    BOTANIC GARDENS

    by balhannah Updated Sep 19, 2013

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    The Hervey Bay Botanic gardens cover quite a large area, so allow a little bit of time for a walk around.
    I found they were mainly a "green" garden, with lots of lawns and lots of Trees.
    It's a chance to see native bushes, wetlands, formal gardens, a Japanese bridge, Bush Tucker & Aboriginal bush tucker gardens and a Chinese garden.
    The Chinese garden in my opinion, was the nicest area in the park. The rest of the garden I thought to be average, perhaps because I am Australian it wasn't quite as interesting! I was disappointed to see the waterways covered in green duckweed, a pest! I thought it would have been clean.
    There is a Bush Chapel that is quite popular for marriages.
    Around the gardens are plenty of seating, tables, shelters and BBQs.
    FREE Toilets are located in the gardens.

    Another attraction is the Orchid House which is full of 20,000 orchids, kindly donated to the gardens by a local resident. The best time to see them flowering is September to October and February to March. Through-out the year there are smaller displays of flowers.

    There is an small entry fee for the Orchid house which includes coffee/tea.
    Open Mondays and Fridays from 8.30am to 3.45pm and Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10am to 3.30pm.

    Chinese gardens Chinese gardens Chinese gardens Botanic gardens Duck weed on water at Botanic Gardens
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    PIER PARK FAMILY MARKET

    by balhannah Updated Sep 17, 2013

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    Saturday morning, and there is another market advertised at Urangan.
    We head there by car and find this quite a busy market, and quite hard to find a car park close by.
    The advertisement said approx. 80 stalls, I didn't count them, though I did think it fell short of that number.
    This market was quite good, especially if you were looking for gifts. There were plenty of craft stalls, a lady selling her oil paintings, leather, lavender, Jams, sauces, honey, nuts and fruit & vegetables for sale just to name a few
    One stall I hadn't seen elsewhere, was selling Aussie Rules Mascots, knitted in the team colours - these were fantastic! What a clever lady! A must see if your an Australian footy follower!

    There was even a weird attraction there, if I can call it that!
    In a cage, was a man smothered in mud, with his hair in dreadlocks. A sign on the cage said "$1 for 3 pats!" Two older ladies were looking at him....I wondered if they paid the $1. Rather funny, and definitely the first of these I have seen. If you watch the video on the website, he pulls the bars apart and attempts to chase somebody!

    Live music is on until the Market closes.
    Toilets are located at the park.
    Markets are on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 7.00am – 2.00pm at Pier Park in Urangan.

    FREE ENTRY.

    Lavender stall@ Market Pier Park Markets Pier Park Markets Pier Park Markets Pat him 3 times for $1
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    STATUE OF ST. PETER

    by balhannah Written Sep 18, 2013

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    On the Hervey Bay Marina sea wall, is a bronze statue of St. Peter. It was officially unveiled and blessed beginning of August 3rd, 2013. The statue is of St. Peter, there to watch over Hervey Bay boaties and to pay tribute to those lost at sea. Saint Peter was one of 12 apostles chosen by Jesus from his first disciples and was originally a fisherman.
    There is a list of the people who have been lost and never found, and another list of those that were found drowned.

    You can drive along the sea wall to the statue. There is a small parking area, or you can park your car and walk.
    In the daytime, a toll of $1 applies to drive on the sea wall, after hours - nil.

    St. Peter
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    FRASER COAST DISCOVERY SPHERE

    by balhannah Updated Apr 18, 2014

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    This is located in the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre, a new building with plenty to offer.
    I went into the building but didn't go through the centre as I already know quite a bit about the area, and are here frequently.
    I do think if your from overseas or somewhere further away in Australia, then it would be worth visiting to find out about the natural wonders of the Fraser Coast. It states there are "Interpretive panels and interactive displays exploring everything from Fraser Island and Humpback whales to the origins of the Macadamia nut," sounds good!
    In 2009 the Great Sandy region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, giving world wide recognition to the Fraser Coast region.

    The centre has a Kiosk and a Gift shop, information for the Tourist and Free wifi for guests.

    Regular Events held are wildlife encounters and nature talks - Every weekend between 11am and 2.30pm.
    Meet Harvey the Whale every Sunday between 10am and 1pm!

    Outside the building is a wonderful 12 metre sculpture of "Nala" the Humpback Whale, the icon of Hervey bay. There is seating and some fish sculptures of the type of fish caught in the area.

    OPEN.. 7 days from 10am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day and other public holidays with notice).
    There is parking off Charles Street.

    ADMISSION IN 2013
    Adult $7.50 Concession/Senior $6.00 Child under 5yr FREE Child 5- 12yrs $5.50
    Family ticket is available

    Nala - Humpback Whale Cultural centre Sea Mullet Nala
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    VIC HISLOP SHARK & WHALE SHOW

    by balhannah Written Sep 17, 2013

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    I didn't go into here as I didn't want to!
    Vic Hislop is a well known Australian professional Shark Hunter. He was often in Australian papers because of his kill first, ask questions later approach. These days, it is all about saving the Sharks not killing the Shark.
    I have mentioned the museum so you know its here. I have read reviews on it, and most have been negative, that may be different now, as in 2013, the whole Museum had a make-over.
    There's an 18ft, two-tonne great white shark to view.

    ADMISSION Adults $17
    Open daily 8:30am – 5:00pm

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