Other Hervey Bay Attractions
WetSide Water Park – fun for the young and the old!
The water park features hundreds of spouts and jets, fountains interactive play equipment, water slides, surfing, special play area for under-5’s called TotSide, tipping buckets, music and a giant water screen. Entry into WetSide is free however people will be charged $5.00 for a 10 minute session on the FlipSide Board Rider wave machine, where park-goers can surf a static wave. Opening hours vary day to day. For up to date timetables please refer their Wetside Water Park website. WetSide may close for reasons including private functions, maintenance, extreme weather or maximum safe capacity crowds.
Hervey Bay is great for fishing
Garfish, whiting, marlin, mangrove jack, red emporer, barramundi, trevally….it’s all here! Firstly the main pier is 1.4 kilometers long and great for fishing! Elsewhere in Hervey Bay you can beach fish, rock fish on Fraser Island, go deep sea or continental shelf fishing, fish the estuaries and creeks on the inside of the island or any of the many creeks and rivers, on the mainland side of the Great Sandy Strait, fish the strait itself, ply the deep and shallow reefs and ledges in the bay, shore fish or fish from the pier of jetties or even go fresh water fishing!
If you don’t have your own gear or boat, charter vessel trips are available.
Hervey Bay Esplanade and Beaches
Whether it’s a lazy snooze on the clean white sand, or a water activity you will be able to find the right spot at Hervey Bay. Visitors can enjoy water-skiing, para-sailing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing, most of which you can hire on the beach.
There are 60 kilometres of beach here including the Esplanade which is 15 kilometres long with several BBQ and picnic areas as well as some great shops, alfresco restaurants and cafes and hotels. There is a bicycle and pedestrian path along the beach front which is great for cyclists, rollerskating and skateboarding. There are also several exercise ‘stations’ along the path where you can even do a quick work out on gym equipment!
Known also for the abundant wildlife, Hervey Bay is home to a wide variety of birds such as the famous Rainbow Lorikeet and Rosella Parrots. It is a glorious site to watch the magnificent sea eagles swooping and diving to catch fish from the water or hovering effortlessly over the beaches like kites in the wind. Point Vernon is home to some of the area’s Osprey nesting grounds. The Wildlife Reserve Society, based in Urangan, have a free booklet for bird watching locations throughout the Bay.
Go Kart Track
Entertain the kids, grandkids and parents or even have an adrenaline pumped party for something new and exciting. As well as single karts, there are tandem karts with dual steering. There’s a 650 metres long bitumen track and after you’ve done the gokarting, you an jump on to a 120 metre long waterslide running down the side of the hill!
You can get to Hervey Bay by car, bus, train, air. Often you will see Hervey Bay listed under Wide Bay Burnett Region, or the Fraser Coast.
Two major airlines service Hervey Bay with direct flights from both Sydney and Brisbane.
If you are coming from outside Australia, you can fly direct into Sydney International Airport (SYD), NSW and Brisbane International Airport (BNE), Queensland.
If you’re starting point is Sydney then Virgin Blue has a direct flight from Sydney every day of the week. Fares vary but Virgin Blue is very reliable and their daily flight arrives in Hervey Bay during the morning. Check the Virgin site for times because departure times from Sydney and arrival times in Hervey Bay vary depending on the time of year.
If you’re starting point is Melbourne then you’ll need to get to Sydney to pick up the Virgin flight or to Brisbane connect withQantas Link but check the prices because you may find that avoiding Qantas Link will save you money.
If you’re starting point is Brisbane then Qantas Link has you covered every day of the week and with a number of flights every day.
Travelling by car to Hervey Bay is a pleasant and easy drive. Hervey Bay is approximately 3.5 to 4 hours drive north of Brisbane. You leave Brisbane on the Bruce Highway and stay on that highway until you reach Maryborough.
From Maryborough it’s simply a matter of following the signs and allowing 30 to 40 minutes for the trip from Maryborough to Hervey Bay.
If you’re travelling from Brisbane then it’s recommended that you fill your fuel tank in the northern suburbs because the price of fuel does rise the closer you get to Hervey Bay.
Travelling to Hervey Bay from the north of the state is just as simple. All you have to do is follow the Bruce Highway south until you see signs directing you to Hervey Bay.
The first signs will take you through the small town of Howard and from then on the route you need to take is clearly sign-posted.
Whether you’re coming from the north or south you’ll find that the road is quite good and the traffic usually flows quite well … but watch those cane train crossings during the crushing season.
However, not all of the coach services are direct and some do wander off to places like Rainbow Beach on their trips north and south. So, unless you want to take the scenic route to Hervey Bay be sure to check on which buses operate on the direct route.
Queensland Railways operate daily services into Hervey Bay from Brisbane and from the north of the state. They do that despite the fact that the railway line into Hervey Bay was closed around 14 years ago.
To achieve the seemingly impossible Queensland Rail have an air-conditioned coach that meets the north and southbound trains at Maryborough and conveys passengers to Hervey Bay. The train service is quite popular and bookings are essential.