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Hervey Bay - Cities, Towns and Localities
An easy 3½ hour drive or 45 minutes flight north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay is known as the “Whale Watching Capital of the World”. It is also the “Gateway to Fraser Island”, part of the “Fraser Coast”, part of the Port of Maryborough, and neighbour to the City of Maryborough. There are at least five settlements in Hervey Bay: Point Vernon, Pialba, Scarness, Torquay and Urangan. It is Urangan harbour where most vessels depart.

As well as the best place to view the Humpback Whale (during July to November, with the ideal period between August and October), Hervey Bay is also home to dolphins, dugongs and turtles, as well as 14 km of beautiful beaches.

Pronounced ‘Harvey’ or ‘Harvy’, the name Hervey is frequently mis-spelled. A favourite destination for backpackers, it is a popular aquatic playground and year-round holiday destination. With a sub-tropical climate, Hervey Bay’s natural assets includes the Great Sandy Strait, World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the Bay and the wetlands. There are a series of parks that line the foreshore, as well as a great botanical garden. Other attractions include the Urangan sea wall murals, harbour activity, Yag’ubi multicultural festival (held once a year) and much more. The waters around Hervey Bay are a fisherman’s paradise, with plenty of fishing options and trips to choose from.

With an estimated 600,000 visitors each year, it is definitely worth a visit and all within easy reach of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and central Queensland.

Local residents have a 24 hr full time community-focused radio station serving them: Fraser Coast Community Radio broadcasting on FM 107.5

Check out our listing of Hervey Bay accommodation and Fraser Coast Region accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre
Cnr Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Urraween Road
Ph: 07 4125 9855
Freecall: 1800 811 728 (within Australia)

Disabled accessible services. Access Tourism
Open 7 days 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
Hervey Bay Airport Visitor Information Centre
Don Adams Drive
Ph: 07 4197 4730
Monday - Friday 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm
Sunday 10 am - 1 pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Hervey Bay Distance

Distance to Hervey Bay
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Hervey Bay:
• Brisbane 294
• Bundaberg 122
• Burrum Heads 34
• Cairns 1,459
• Childers 69
• Gympie 121
• Maryborough 34
• Tin Can Bay 106
• Torquay 6
• Urangan 9
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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