Things to See and Do

Near Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Hervey Bay is known as the gateway to Fraser Island, whale watching and the southern Great Barrier Reef. At Fraser Lodge Holiday Park the trained staff can assist you in choosing the best tours for you, including courtesy pick up and drop off with most tours and the booking service is free of charge. Hervey Bay in itself has plenty to see and do. With great restaurants, shops, bicycle and walking…

Hervey Bay is known as the gateway to Fraser Island, whale watching and the southern Great Barrier Reef. At Fraser Lodge Holiday Park the trained staff can assist you in choosing the best tours for you, including courtesy pick up and drop off with most tours and the booking service is free of charge. Hervey Bay in itself has plenty to see and do. With great restaurants, shops, bicycle and walking tracks to enjoy. Just a short walk from Fraser Lodge Holiday Park, tourists can experience the safe sheltered waters of Torquay Beach, ideal for all year round swimming, fishing and there is a wide variety of water sports to choose from. Explore World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Famous Seventy Mile Beach forms a highway that runs up the surf side of the island where you can see the beautiful coloured sands and the wreck of the cruise ship 'Maheno' rusting on the beach. Float down the fast flowing waters of Eli Creek or just enjoy or swim the many blue and emerald green freshwater lakes, including world famous Lake McKenzie. The fishing is fantastic with many taylor being caught in the winter months. One, two and three day organised trips can be arranged or self drive 4WD tours are available. Hervey Bay is recognized as being the whale watch capital of the world. During mid July to early November, humpback whales visit the area to play and feed their young, before the big journey back to the cold waters of Antarctica. It truly is an awesome experience to have a close encounter with these magical creatures. Enjoy beautiful Lady Elliot Island, located on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. A short scenic flight enables you to experience the brilliantly coloured species of marine life and coral. Large manta rays and turtles can be encountered all year round with seasonal bird nesting and turtle hatching. Come on aboard and cruise and enjoy the beautiful waters of the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. There are many sailing and marine cruises available from dolphin watching to champagne and sunset cruises.

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Local Highlights

Whalesong Cruises
Experience the ‘Closest Encounters with Humpback Whales’, that you will get anywhere in Australia. MV Whalesong was purpose built for Whale & Dolphin Watching, so the spacious decks put you right where the action is. Whalesong is equipped with a hydrophone allowing guests to listen to the melodic song of the male humpback whale as well as having Advanced Eco Tourism Accreditation and being Local & National Award Winners. Mid July to early November. Half day tours.

Tasman Venture
Experience the trip of a lifetime aboard the NEW Tasman Venture viewing the spectacular Humpback Whales. The Tasman Venture is favoured particularly by photographers because of its clear viewing decks and unrivalled record of 'close encounters'. The fast speed of the Tasman Venture means that viewing time is not encroached on by hours of travelling time to the Whale Watch area, providing more actual viewing time with the whales.

The Fraser Island Company
The Fraser Island Company conducts a variety of eco accredited touring safaris to beautiful Fraser Island. Tours depart Hervey Bay. Boasting a fleet of purpose built air conditioned 4WD vehicles, The Fraser Island Company offers tours to suit all tastes and budgets. Experienced guides will show you the Island's pristine lakes, lush rainforests and sweeping beaches. You will learn about Fraser Island's fascinating Aboriginal history see unique flora and fauna and maybe spot a native dingo.

Lady Elliot Island
Lady Elliot Island is located just off the QLD's coast. Nestled amongst the coral gardens at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, this coral cay is the ideal backdrop for some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving Australia has to offer. Lady Elliot Island offers a range of activities for both experienced divers & those who just want to snorkel. Join one of the regular dive groups and either cruise out to the reef or simply step straight off the beach to be immersed in coral gardens.

Fraser Explorer Tours
Always wanted to see Fraser Island but don't have a four-wheel drive? We take you on a fun-filled adventure to see the very best! Just imagine... swimming in fresh-water lakes, bright as jewels ringed by white sandy beaches, walking through tall ancient rainforest growing in sand, four-wheel driving along a beach flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs to find a ship wreck. Tours depart daily from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach, with one or two day adventures on offer.

Air Fraser Island
Air Fraser Island is an award winning tourist based air charter service specialising in scenic aerial tours of World Heritage Listed Fraser Island, using the beach as its unique airstrip. Whatever your needs, Air Fraser Island can put an Island package together for you. From a scenic flight or air charter from the mainland, an island day tour, Fly/Drive, 4WD hire, camping, fishing or aerial tours meeting up with a 4WD bus tour. Air Fraser Island now has pickups from Hervey Bay.

Wetside Water Education Park
WetSide Water Education Park was built by Wide Bay Water Corporation for residents and tourists to learn about water and its sustainable use while enjoying the guilt-free experience of having fun in recycled stormwater. The park includes WetSide Coffee Shop for café-style food, a special area for under 5's called TotSide and the FlipSide BoardRider wave machine (tickets are $5 from the Coffee Shop). Go on and wet yourself! WetSide is at the corner of Main Street and the Esplanade, Pialba. Entry to WetSide is free.

Vic Hislop's Great White Shark Exhibition
Vic Hislop's life’s work is on display in a unique, chilling and educational display here in Hervey Bay and also at Airlie Beach in Queensland Australia. It is an eye opening display which features very large frozen Great White Sharks, and large Tiger Sharks. The Sharks are kept in a huge freezer at 25 degrees below freezing, with viewing windows, so you can get within inches of them.

Local Events

Jets over the Fraser Coast, Maryborough
from 27 October, 2012 to 28 October, 2012
After a spectacular first time event of this kind to be held on the Fraser coast with 36 pilots attending in 2010, the word has spread on how good the event was, and there will be a greater number of pilots attending the 2012 event. The fastest aircraft in 2011 was clocked at 396 kilometers an hour, so the big boys will be out to better that this year.

Twilight tour of Botanic Gardens, Hervey Bay
from 31 October, 2012 to 31 October, 2012
Join Jason and Linda for a twilight tour through the Botanic Gardens. $5 includes sausage sizzle. Children Free. BYO Torch. Bookings essential. Location: Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. Elizabeth Street, Urangan. Time: 5pm to 7pm More information: 0407 133 916

Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight, Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay
from 15 December, 2012 to 15 December, 2012
Embrace the spirit of Christmas with family, friends and neighbours as we celebrate our community at this years Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight. Come early and have an afternoon of fun for everyone then settle down at sunset and sing along to your favourite carols.