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Top 6 Things to Do in the Whale Watching Capital of Australia -Six Must-Experience Highlights in Hervey Bay

Tipped to be the best place in Australia to enjoy a whale-watching safari, there's more to Hervey Bay than its marine life attractions. Here are 6 activities everyone can enjoy in this scenic precinct.


Dine like a Local

While the marine heritage of Hervey Bay is well documented and even celebrated, the area's dining hotspots remain a closely guarded secret among frequent visitors. Hervey Bay is not only home to some of Queensland's best seafood restaurants but also cafes with modern Australian cuisine. One such institution in Dan and Stephs, a cosy cafe run by local celebrities of sorts. The contemporary Australian fare featured on the menu and the excellent coffee makes the venue well worth the stopover while Badger and Brown’s burgers and gluten-free menu items are equally irresistible.


Explore the Esplanade

Often regarded as the best place to enjoy a quiet stroll in Hervey Bay, the scenic ocean vistas and oceanfront promenade offer travellers a tranquil sanctuary. Providing tourists with a welcome respite from the more touristy and congested areas of the bay, the Esplanade is the ideal venue for couples and families in search of a peaceful corner of Hervey Bay to make their own.


Catch a Glorious Sunset

There are many idyllic vantage points which offer spectacular views of the Hervey Bay sunset but none compares to Enzos in terms of convenience. Head out to this popular local eatery before the last rays of the sun hit the water and grab a choice spot among the bean bags placed along the exterior of the restaurant. Order a drink of your choice and wait for the daily miracle to occur with other locals and tourists and have a camera handy to capture the majesty of the sight. The area also offers tourists kiteboarding and SUP lessons while those who prefer to catch the sunset in the water can rent a kayak and paddle out before sunset.


Enjoy the Food and Wine Festival

Those who are fortunate enough to visit Hervey Bay during the Relish Food and Wine Festival should not miss the chance to take part in this fantastic local event. Held in the neighbourhood of Maryborough, the festival itself takes place in Portside and includes the Mary River Parklands, Queens Park and surrounding areas. This captivating area of the country serves as the perfect backdrop for this food and wine festival which brings together the best winemakers, bakers and chefs in the area.


Go on a Cruise

Those with a flair for sailing and yachting activities can also enjoy a memorable cruise during a getaway to Hervey Bay. Sign up for an hour-long or day-long sailing adventure and soak up the brilliant atmosphere off the coast.


Sign Up for a Whale Watching Tour

As the whale watching headquarters of Australia, no trip to Hervey Bay would be complete without catching a glimpse of humpback whales in the wild. Those based in Minor Hotels and similar resorts or hotel chains will find that most accommodation providers offer their own whale watching excursions or connect travellers with specific affiliate tour operators.

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