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Two humpback whales' tails splashing in the water off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland. Image credit: Tourism and Events Queensland
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Beaches, whale watching and coastal relaxation

Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island), is the perfect Queensland escape. Come for the whale-watching, stay for the unspoilt beaches, fresh local seafood, and waterfront relaxation. Beyond the coast, you can explore the lush national parks and historic country towns of the hinterlands.

Fun things to do: Hervey Bay

  • Be blown away by a whale-watching tour  
  • Take a beach break in paradise on World Heritage–listed K'gari (Fraser Island) 
  • Pop back in time to Maryborough, a historic town with a Mary Poppins connection  
  • Walk the epic Urangan Pier for incredible sunrise and sunset views  
  • Hit the beachfront cafes and restaurants for brews with a view

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Sail out to see humpback whales

Two humpback whales and the Freedom III whale-watching tour boat off the coast of Hervey Bay, Queensland. Image credit: Tourism and Events QueenslandTourism and Events Queensland
Seeing humpback whales during migration? Unforgettable.

Hervey Bay is the place for whale watching. Every winter (July–October) on their migration from Antarctica to the Great Barrier Reef, humpback whales stop over in the waters around K'gari (Fraser Island). There's a range of whale watching boat tours available, including accessible and budget-friendly ones. Some even have underwater viewing areas. If you want to take it to the next (sea) level, you can even go diving with whales.

Float away to paradise on K'gari (Fraser Island)

Aerial shot of four people floating in bright blue Lake McKenzie with white sand shore and thick trees in the background. Image credit: Tourism and Events QueenslandTourism and Events Queensland
Let your cares float away at Lake McKenzie.

Head across the bay to beautiful K'gari (Fraser Island). It's the world's largest sand island, and World Heritage–listed to boot. This island paradise has lush rainforest, white-sand beaches and picture-perfect inland lakes. Cruise along the 75 Mile Beach highway in a 4WD or climb the cliffs of Indian Head. Cool off in the Champagne Pools, go on a jetski safari or paddle in Lake McKenzie. It's a 40-minute ferry ride from Hervey Bay so it's an easy daytrip or you could stay a while in five-star accommodation or camp under five thousand stars.

Pop back in time in Maryborough

A woman in historic clothing stands outside the ornate, double-story Maryborough Heritage Centre on a sunny day. Image credit: Andrew Tallon/Tourism and Events QueenslandAndrew Tallon/Tourism and Events Queensland
Get your history on in this perfectly preserved town.

Take a daytrip back in time to Maryborough, a picturesque heritage town full of historic buildings, museums and galleries. Wander among heritage sandstone buildings, picnic in riverside parks, jump aboard the Mary Ann Steam Train, and follow the Maryborough Mural Trail. Maryborough is actually the birthplace of P.L. Travers, who wrote the Mary Poppins stories. These stories feature across the town, with the interactive Magical Mary Trail, the Story Bank and the annual Mary Poppins Festival.

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