Sunrise seascape in Hervey Bay, Australia

Things to do in  Hervey Bay

Have a whale of a time

Hervey Bay overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and its calm waters make it an ideal stopover for migrating humpback whales who play in the expansive bay. The city’s long history of sustainable whale- and dolphin-watching earned it the title of First Whale Heritage Site in the world. While whale-watching tops the list of things to do in Hervey Bay, there are plenty of other activities on offer—the long esplanade that follows the coastline is perfect for walks and bicycle rides, while swimmers and snorkelers flock to Torquay Bay.

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All about Hervey Bay

When to visit

The whale-watching season runs July–November, giving you plenty of opportunities to spot some. The early months offer cooler, dryer weather before temperatures start to rise in September. While most private tour operators close by the end of October, whales can still be spotted into November. November is a good choice if you want classic Australian weather and a quieter town, but there will be fewer whales to see.

Getting around

Hervey Bay is walkable and compact, especially if you’re staying within the central city. You’ll find restaurants, shops, and the beach in close proximity to most hotels. It’s also a great city for bikes and scooters—explore the endless esplanade, or bike to the nearby Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens for a morning wander. The city and surrounds are serviced by the Wide Bay Transit buses, which provide another alternative to renting a car.

Traveler tips

A perfect day in Hervey Bay starts on the esplanade. Pack a picnic and rent a bicycle and ride till you find one of the many outdoor public barbecues that dot the esplanade. You’ll fit right in with the locals—an afternoon barbecue in the park is a favorite activity for most Australians, and the grocery shops are full of Australian specialties such as kangaroo sausages and lamington cake.

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People Also Ask

What is Hervey Bay known for?

Hervey Bay is best known for its whale-watching opportunities. Known as the whale-watching capital of Australia, the coastal city fills with nature lovers in winter and spring. You’ll mostly spot humpbacks, but southern right whales are also known to visit.

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How to spend a day in Hervey Bay?

Start your day with a whale-watching tour where you can learn about the region’s vital significance to the migrating whales. Don’t forget your camera! Later, grab lunch at Enzo’s on the Beach and unwind with a stroll on the esplanade.

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Can you swim in the ocean in Hervey Bay?

Yes—Torquay Beach is a calm, sandy beach that is easily reached from Hervey Bay’s central neighborhoods. If you want more excitement, there are plenty of day cruises that depart from Hervey Bay and offer snorkeling experiences.

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How many days do you need in Hervey Bay?

It’s easy to while away the days in Hervey Bay, from long days on the beach to evenings browsing the local markets. For those with more limited time, Hervey Bay is an excellent destination for a 2- or 3-day getaway.

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Does it get cold in Hervey Bay?

Not really. The average annual temperature in Hervey Bay is 71°F (22°C), but air temperatures dip in July to an average of 63°F (17°C). Water temperatures stay pleasant year-round, with the average never dropping below 70°F (21°C). Pack layers and don’t forget a windbreaker for whale-watching.

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Are there sharks in Hervey Bay?

Yes—sharks including tiger sharks, bull sharks, great white sharks, and hammerhead sharks have all been spotted in Hervey Bay. However, most sharks tend to congregate on the eastern side of Fraser Island. The beaches of the towns of Hervey Bay are considered some of the safest in Australia.

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