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Great Sandy Strait - Fraser Island's Playground


Bordered by 40 kilometres of pristine beaches, Hervey Bay is one of Queensland’s best natural holiday destinations, offering convenient access to two World Heritage-listed areas, Fraser Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Hervey Bay is now well connected to the rest of Australia through daily direct Jet connections via Sydney.

Hervey Bay has gained international recognition as one of the best locations to view the majestic humpback whales as they make their yearly migration south, through the region’s calm waters, from late July to early November.

Long sandy beaches and colourful communities fringe the sheltered stinger-free waters of Hervey Bay, protected from the ocean surf by Fraser Island. A variety of water sports take advantage of these calm conditions, including kayaking, yachting, diving, water and jet skiing, wind surfing and snorkelling. Hervey Bay boasts a unique aquatic environment with natural and artificial coral reefs teeming with abundant marine life.

The fishing options are endless … the estuary, beach, jetty, reef and game fishing is regarded as world-class. Bring your own boat, take a fishing charter or hire a tinnie, yacht or houseboat and explore the calm waters at your own pace.

The Esplanade hugs the north-facing beaches, passing through suburbs with English seaside names such as Scarness and Torquay. Cafes and restaurants create a cosmopolitan al fresco atmosphere, while the beachside picnic facilities and playgrounds are ideal for families. Bicycle paths flank the picturesque foreshore, and continue on to the beautiful Botanical Gardens, the bustling Marina, or the historic Urangan Pier.

Hervey Bay provides excellent disability-friendly facilities, with many accommodation houses, attractions and general amenities accessible for people with disabilities. A full list of these service providers is available from Tourism Hervey Bay.

River Heads, located 15 minutes south of Hervey Bay, is a major departure point for vehicular barges to Fraser Island. It houses a growing seaside community, attracted by magnificent views of Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait an the Mary River estuary, rock fishing an a passing parade of marine animals, including dolphins, turtles and dugongs. The boat ramp is suitable for launching a large range of craft with ample car and trailer parking available.

Urangan Boat Harbour (This section under development).