17 Nov 2015
This is your ultimate guide to the best things to do in Hervey Bay. These top 5 things are designed for anyone looking to stay at Hervey Bay accommodation for 2-4 days and are interchangeable to apply to a family, couple, or maybe a friends' weekend away.
#5 Thing to do in Hervey Bay: Historical Village and Museum
Blending history, heritage and social aspects of the last 200 plus years, the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum allows visitors to explore at their own pace, or join in on the demonstrations. With over 8,000 historical items in 19 buildings, the Historical Village and Museum will amaze you. Take a look at the antique tools used for medicine, communication and contraptions that were needed for everyday living. It’s a guessing game of what’s-what at this top thing to do in Hervey Bay; you’ll find yourself wondering “Is this a pasta maker, or a camera?” more than once during your tour. Normally you would reserve around an hour for a historical tour, but for this you should allow 2-3 hours because it’s no normal museum.
#4 Thing to do in Hervey Bay: Markets
The Pier Park Up-Market takes place every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of the month, meaning there are some good odds you will be in town when it’s on. The Urban Farm markets on the Pier occur every Saturday, so even if you miss the main market, you will still find fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies for a healthy dish. From music and art to clothing and accessories, you are bound to find something fun to remember your holiday by. Or try one of the various other markets available in Hervey Bay:
• Koala Markets in Urangan (2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday of the month)
• Marina Twilight Markets in Urangan (Friday evenings)
• Nikenbah Markets in Nikenbah (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month)
• Open Mike Day in Scarness (3rd Sunday of the month)
• Maryborough City Heart Markets in Maryborough (each Thursday)
• Torquay Beachside Markets in Torquay (2nd and 4th Saturday of the month)
#3 Thing to do in Hervey Bay: Fraser Island
Escape the mainland by jumping into a 4WD and heading over the water (by ferry) to Fraser Island. As a World-Heritage listed location, Fraser Island offers plenty of history and loads to do. Keep an eye out for the 230 different species of birds as you drive along the 4WD circuits or hike the trails. The island is rich with a variety of vegetation, including mangroves and kauri forests that date back 200 years. This unique island presents 124km of protected land, with Aboriginal and European history that awaits you. Throughout the island are freshwater creeks and lakes, popular drinking holes for the different animals that call Fraser Island home.
#2 Thing to do in Hervey Bay: Water Sports
Water sports aren’t only about swimming, surfing and fishing in Hervey Bay. As number two on the list of things to do in Hervey Bay, water sports take up a large part of the lifestyle in this small Queensland city. Scarness Beach in Hervey Bay is a popular spot for SUP-ing, or try some scuba diving and snorkelling along the Great Sandy Strait for some fantastic underwater caves, ledges and shipwrecks – not to mention the many fish you’ll spot. Camel rides also take place along the coast, a fun and interesting thing to do in Hervey Bay as a couple or family.
#1 Thing to do in Hervey Bay: Whale Watching
Nature and wildlife tours take place between July and November, when the whales migrate from Antarctica. Each year in July, whales migrate to warm waters to give birth, returning to the cold waters to feed. Whale watching in Hervey Bay should almost be a rite of passage, something every visitor needs to experience before being allowed to stay in Hervey Bay. The reason being that it will amaze you; the sheer size of these marine beasts is incredible, especially seeing them with their newborn young. This is without a doubt the number one thing to do in Hervey Bay.
Book your stay at Discovery Parks - Hervey Bay to watch the whales in their pods, cast lines and go four-wheel driving.