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Top 7 Things to do at Hervey Bay – Explore the wonders of marine life in Central Queensland

Harvey Bay situated on the central coastland of Queensland is teeming with marine life. There is a laid back atmosphere here with fun water activities and opportunities to explore this beautiful locale.


Reef world aquarium

This is a complete natural aquarium overlooking the waters of Harvey Bay. The aquarium emphasises on conservation and research and doesn't partake in shows like other big-time aquariums. Visitors to the aquarium get a first-hand glimpse into the marine life and allowed to interact. You will be able to feed a shark or even a touch a turtle and take part in the daily feeding sessions.



Get to the Hervey Bay Go Kart Track for an adrenaline rush on four wheels. This track is over 20 years old with driving tracks perfect for every level of experience. This will be a perfect way to spend time with family; the waterslide on-premises will keep those uninterested in go-karting entertained. There are refreshments near the premises. Packages range from 10 minutes to 100 minutes. As its outdoors, it can get quite hot and the reflection off the track can make the sunburn quite bad. So be prepared with plenty of sun-screen on hand.


Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere

Is part museum and information centre. You can get an understanding of the unique geography and biodiversity thriving in these amazing coastlines of Hervey Bay. Go here first to get all the essential information and education before embarking on your adventures. You will be given interactive information regarding humpback whales, the history of Fraser Island, its ecology, stories about Australian indigenous culture and even an underwater theatre experience.


Fraser Island

The island is 30 minutes away from Hervey Bay and is the largest island made of sand in the world. This World Heritage Site is a 120 km long stretch with abundant sights and features to explore. Experience the vast dunes of varying hues, lush forests, inland freshwater lakes and the unique wildlife that thrives on the island, such as the iconic dingo.


Historical Museum

Visit the Hervey Bay historical museum and village with structures and memorabilia dating back to 1873. This would be the perfect way to immerse in the history of the locale. There are 19 buildings with a unique history attached to each of them, such as a country house and a local shop set in the 1800s.


Walk on the beachside promenade

This lovely beachside esplanade stretches for 17 km. There are amazing coastline views, restaurants, shopping and many Hervey Bay hotel such as the Oaks Resort and Spa Hervey Bay along the way. You can also cycle your way through and get some exercise while enjoying the scenic atmosphere.


Whale watching

The bay area is a major gathering point for humpback whales and perhaps the most famous activity here. During April and October before the migrating season schools of whales gather in a relaxed and playful state. Many operators around the area will make special itineraries that may even include dolphin watching as well.