Hervey Bay is the perfect destination for family holidays, as it boasts incredible beaches, local activities, and whale-watching opportunities. This spectacular city in southern Queensland combines aquatic sightseeing, the great outdoors, and a range of dining options to suit all budgets. If you’re looking for a kid-friendly location for your next family holiday, look no further than Hervey bay.
1. Family friendly destination
Hervey Bay is a top family destination with plenty to see and do for both kids and adults.
2. Whale watching
- Kid-friendly local attractions – Check out the local Mary Poppins statue in Richmond Street, Maryborough, and if you’re visiting in July, don’t miss the Mary Poppins Festival. Kids will enjoy touring Maryborough's Grand Shirl's Doll and Toy Museum, the steam train ride in Queens Park, Maryborough, and the M&K Model Railways.
- Kid-friendly activities – Choose from river boat rides in the Mary River, pier and beach fishing, glass-bottom-boat rides, kayaking, horse riding, and camel rides. If you’re looking for outdoors activities, try a jet ski tour, a banana boat ride, or go-carting.
- Lessons and summer school – From tennis clinics to art workshops, Hervey Bay has numerous fun learning activities to keep your kid’s brains active and engaged during the holidays. If your kids love the water, check out the Hervey Bay Aquatic Centre’s program of activities for children, which includes swimming lessons, aqua aerobics, and inflatable fun days.
Hervey Bay ranks among the top places in Australia for whale watching
, making it a truly magical destination for a family holiday. Share with your kids the wonder of watching the whales as they make a stopover in the city’s coastal areas during their yearly southern migration.
The whale pods usually start arriving
in mid-July and keep passing through the area until November until they travel south. If you plan your holiday for this period, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the humpbacks playing with their young and swimming in the water.
3. Fraser Island
A visit to Hervey Bay wouldn’t be complete without a day or overnight trip to Fraser Island. Car ferries are available just about daily
, and barges and ferries are available daily. You even have
the option of doing a jet-ski trip over to the island, or charter your own catamaran if you’re looking for something different.
This World Heritage-listed island is
the biggest sand island in the world. It’s populated with rainforest, freshwater lakes, and striking beaches. Diving, swimming, and trekking are some of the things to do as you relax in the natural beauty of the island.
4. Scenic and save beachfront
Hervey Bay has a quiet, safe beach
where children can play as parents soak in the sun. The 14km stretch
of beach has no big surf and waves, so you can sit back and read your book or just relax for the afternoon.
5. Wealth of local attractions
Other than whale watching and relaxing on the beach, visitors to Hervey Bay will enjoy browsing in the many markets
. Art and crafts and tasty gourmet foods are on offer at local markets such as the Pier Park Family Markets, Torquay Beachside Market, Nikenbah Market, Creative Showcase Artisan Market, Maryborough Heritage City Markets, and Koala Market.
Another key local attraction not to be missed is Reef World Hervey Bay, an all-natural aquarium where kids can catch sigh of sea turtles, sharks, and reef fish. There’s also the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum, where you can learn about the history of the area from the 3000+ displays, and enjoy demonstrations of woodturning, log sawing, and blacksmithing.
6. Get close to nature and wildlife
Your kids will look forward to getting close to wildlife in local parks such as Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo
and Burrum Heads National Park
. Catch a snake demonstration, watch a crocodile show, and take a guided tour for hands-on lessons about local wildlife that visitors of all ages will enjoy.
7. Local eateries
Great local food makes your family holiday that extra special. While Hervey Bay is a regional city, it’s a busy destination with plenty of variety and quality dining options to please visitors on any budget. Whether you’re in the mood for modern Australian, Thai, Chinese, or Italian, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Seafood is a local staple, and there are many eateries serving delicious fish-and-chips to be found.
8. Outdoor activities
Other than whale watching and getting close to the local wildlife, the extensive outdoor activities on offer will keeps you kids happy and active. Popular activities include go-karting, biking (along the 14km foreshore bike track), cooling down at the water park
and aquatic centres
, and even skydiving and bungee jumping.
Hervey Bay has plenty of opportunities for watersports such as sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, or stand up paddle boarding. Visitors can join a tour, hire their own equipment, or even charter their own boat.
Fun in Hervey Bay this year
Hervey Bay is filled with exciting outdoor activities and plenty of choice for sightseeing and dining out. Don’t forget to wind down indoors by visiting popular local mall Pialba Place
, which has a kid’s club and events along with delicious dining options and shopping outlets. Sign up the kids for events such as Pirate Playtime and Bubble Slime Fun as you relax over a coffee.
30 / 01 / 2017