Hervey Bay, Qld

Hervey Bay is on Bruce Highway (A1)



Hervey Bay Attractions

Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are situated on 26 hectares with natural rainforest, formal gardens, and wetlands intermingled. Discover the Aboriginal Bush Tucker Garden and Cultural Trail and the Bush Chapel within an open air 'Cathedral' of towering rainforests trees. Wander through the Orchid House which displays a wide variety of orchids from around the world. Bird feeding is held weekdays at 9.30am and 3.30pm. The major seasonal flower displays occur in spring (September - October) and autumn (February - March) with smaller displays every month.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 8 kilometres then turn left at the small roundabout onto Elizabeth Street (signposted to Urangan Beach). The entrance to the Orchid House is 250 metres on the left and the main entrance is 500 metres on the left. There is parallel parking beside the gardens between these two entrances for caravans to park.

www.visitfrasercoast.com/destinations/hervey-bay/attractions/hervey-bay-botanic-gardens

Discovery Sphere

You will learn so much about the Hervey Bay region when your visit the Discovery Sphere. Displays include information about Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait and the Mary River Ecosystem and you will learn about the Butchulla people who were the original owners and caretakers of the area, by watching the film in the theatre. Children are also catered for where they can get hands-on with interactive challenges and activities. The best part of the Discovery Sphere is the information on the Humpback Whale which Hervey Bay is well known for. The displays and activities are always changing so every time you go you will see something different. Outside the entrance is a 12 metre high sculpture of a whale affectionately known as 'Nala'.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the first exit at the roundabout onto Old Maryborough Road. Travel 2 kilometres then turn left onto Charles Street where it signposted to the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre. Immediately on the right there is a car park and the Discovery Sphere is adjacent to the car park.

www.visitfrasercoast.com/destinations/hervey-bay/attractions/fraser-coast-discovery-sphere

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is 122 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at it's widest point and is the largest sand island in the world. It has an abundance of bushwalks to suit all levels of fitness. Like all places in Australia, Fraser Island is no different when it comes to snakes. Death Adders, Coastal Taipans and King Browns which are all very venomous have been seen here so when you go bush walking always be aware that they are around especially in the warmer months. There is a large population of dingoes on the island too. Do not go near them or feed them. You must remember that they are wild animals. Always stay in groups and never leave children to play alone. There are motor driven water-sports equipment for rent on the island, making the area a quiet enjoyable playground. Water equipment that can be hired are Canoes, Catamarans, Snorkelling gear and Fishing gear.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 8 kilometres then take the third exit at the small roundabout onto Elizabeth Street (signposted to Airport and River Heads). Follow this road which becomes Booral Road for 6 kilometres then turn left onto River Heads Road (signposted to River Heads and Fraser Island Barge). Follow this road which becomes Ariadne Street for 11 kilometres (following the signs to the barge) and you will arrive at the car parking area and the ticket office.

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Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum

This village and museum features 20 historical buildings from the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay area. Exhibits include a fully-furnished slab cottage, the Goodwood Railway Station, the first Dundowran Hall, the original Dundowran State School, a fully equipped blacksmith shop, cane harvesting machinery, horse drawn buggies shed, restored IHC three horse power engine, petrol driven washing machine, school and music room, and Hervey Bay's original Methodist Church, built in 1901. The village comes alive on Sundays when the volunteers dress in period clothes and demonstrate old time crafts. See the blacksmith make a horseshoe. You can treadle the 100 year old wood lathe and help make your own souvenir wooden goblet. Come and turn the handles on the corn shelling machine or join the Rope Maker and make a souvenir piece of rope on a 100 year old machine.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive.Travel 3 kilometres then turn left onto Stephenson Street. After 450 metres turn right at the T-intersection onto Torquay Road then immediately turn left onto Zephyr Street (signposted to 'Historical Village and Museum'). The village is 200 metres on the left.

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Links Mobility Corridor

This is a 6.2 kilometre sealed walkway/cycling path that follows the former rail line that once took goods to ships at the Urangan Pier. The path is 3.5 metres wide and runs from Hunter Street (near Woolworths) to Elizabeth Street (near the Botanic Gardens), almost parallel with Boat Harbour Drive. With increased traffic along Boat Harbour Drive, this is a safer option for cyclists.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 2.3 kilometres then turn left onto Hunter Street (first left after Main Street). Travel 500 metres and the pathway starts on the right hand side adjacent to the 'Woolworths' car park. This is a good place to park the car or caravan before heading off.

Mathew Flinders Lookout

This lookout is in Dayman Park. From this lookout there is a fantastic view of the Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Island and other smaller islands and the Marina. There are memorials at the lookout to Matthew Flinders and to Australian and British naval personnel who lost their lives during maritime conflict. There is also a sculpture of the Ariadne, a sailing ship which brought thousands of immigrants to Australia through the Port of Maryborough. This park has picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and children’s play equipment.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 8 kilometres then turn left at the small roundabout onto Elizabeth Street (signposted to Urangan Beach). Travel 750 metres then turn right onto Dayman Street. Follow this road straight through for 1 kilometre (crossing over Pulgul Street after 900 metres) then turn left into Dayman Park.

Reef World Aquarium

This Aquarium is adjacent to the ocean. There is the opportunity to participate in feeding some of the marine creatures such as the Green sea turtles, Sharks and large reef fish which are fed every day. You can also experience first hand what some of these marine creatures feels like at the touch tank. For the adventurous you can organise to go diving with the sharks.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 8 kilometres then turn left at the small roundabout onto Elizabeth Street (signposted to Urangan Beach). Travel 750 metres then turn right onto Dayman Street. Follow this street for 900 metres then turn left onto Pulgul Street. Take the first right where it is signposted to Reef World.

www.discoverherveybay.com/ReefworldAquarium

Sea Wall Sculpture

Silouetted against the sky along the sea wall at Hervey Bay, is a sculpture of the Ariadne, a sailing ship which brought thousands of immigrants to Australia through the Port of Maryborough.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 8 kilometres then turn left at the small roundabout onto Elizabeth Street (signposted to Urangan Beach). Follow this street for 1.5 kilometres and the sculpture is directly ahead on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Esplanade.

Urangan Pier

This pier is approximately 800 metres long and is used by pedestrians for fishing, cycling, or just taking a stroll.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 8 kilometres then turn left at the small roundabout onto Elizabeth Street (signposted to Urangan Beach). Follow this street for 1.5 kilometres then turn right at the T-intersection onto Esplanade. The pier is 550 metres on the left.

Wetside Water Park

This park features hundreds of spouts and jets, fountains, interactive play equipment, water slides, special play area for the under-5’s called TotSide, tipping buckets, a giant water screen and a ‘pay-per-use’ Board Rider wave machine. The site also includes a coffee shop and amenities block. As you walk around the timber boardwalks you will come across water messages that tell you facts about water, making it very education in a fun way.

As you enter Hervey Bay, take the second exit at the roundabout onto Boat Harbour Drive. Travel 2 kilometres then turn left onto Main Street. Follow this street for 1 kilometre and the car park is off the large roundabout at the end of Main Street between the Pialba Caravan Park and Seafront Oval.

www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/wetside

This page last reviewed on 8 Apr 2017