Discover plenty of fun activities and events for all ages happening in Hervey Bay during spring with this what’s on guide from Pialba Place.
Hervey Bay is an aquatic paradise at any time of year. Particularly beautiful come spring time, you can stroll along the Hervey Bay Esplanade and enjoy alfresco cafes, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Explore the friendly Twilight Markets, join a whale watching cruise, or hop on a sport fishing charter to land a trophy fish. The Bottle-O
has everything you need to relax and watch the spectacular spring sunsets, Sommerfeld’s Quality Meats
stocks all your yummy spring lamb for an afternoon BBQ, and Go Gir
l offers the latest and prettiest spring fashion. Pialba Place
is where spring fun starts, but what else should you be doing this spring in Hervey Bay?
Condy Park’s Teddy Bear Picnic
Visit Condy Park on August 6 for a great family fun day. An annual community event, Condy Park’s Teddy Bear Picnic
features major raffles, face painting, jumping castles, rides, stalls, a petting zoo, live entertainment and a range of food and drinks. Meet Rex the Dinosaur, hear readings from local authors, Kris Sheather and Ron Koot, and help raise money for Condy Park Kindergarten at their largest fundraising event.
11 - 13 August
Held at Fraser Coast Anglican College, Founderfest 2017
aims to ignite young entrepreneurs by offering the full entrepreneurship experience. For $99, you’ll receive all meals, mentoring, workshops, networking and more. On Sunday, the public are invited to observe pitches and judging.
Hervey Bay Ocean Festival
12 - 20 August
The Hervey Bay Ocean Festival
is unlike any other ocean festival in the world. Between July and November, thousands of humpback whales travel the “humpback highway”’ to arrive in the calm, protected waters of Hervey Bay, presenting the perfect opportunity to see these spectacular giants up close. Hervey Bay Ocean Festival is an eclectic event aimed at recognising the importance of the waters at Hervey Bay, promoting conservation of the region.
Witness the annual Blessing of the Fleet, an old tradition that’s finished with a spectacular fireworks display. Enjoy a fun-filled beach party that illuminates the Hervey Bay Esplanade with lights, music, costumes and carnival rides. For those preferring to be on the water, bring your SUP, kayak, blow-up toy or homemade raft and paddle for the whales
. Creativity is encouraged - the quirkier the float the better!
Hervey Bay Seafood Festival
13 August, 2017
As part of the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival, The Hervey Bay Seafood Festival
is held at Fisherman’s Park, Urangan Boat Harbour. The only seafood festival in Australia that’s run by those who catch it, gates open at 9:30am. Entry will set you back $5 (under 18 is free) and for this you’ll enjoy access to an enormous range of seafood dishes from a range of stalls, including calamari and stout whiting, Hervey Bay scallop ceviche, seafood chowder, and seafood paella. For those preferring to sit down, a more formal experience can be had with the Tastes of the Bay
For entertainment, the programme is packed with the best local bands, interesting cookery classes, and fun-filled competitions.
Fraser Island Tailor Season Weigh In
26 August, 2017
The annual Fraser Island Tailor Season Weigh In
is a charity fundraising event for the Queensland RACQ Lifeflight Rescue Service. Held on the corner of Postan Street and Happy Valley Drive, Fraser Island Retreat, entry is by way of a $5 donation per fish presented for weighing. This year the rules and regulations have undergone a makeover and all major prize draws will be open to all entrants regardless of fish species. Last year’s event raised over $13,400, and this year the team aims to smash that amount for this hugely important Helicopter Service.
Sunday in the Park
Last Sunday of every month
On the last Sunday of every month until the end of Spring, join Maryborough Excelsior City Band and MELSA in Queen’s Park for an afternoon of music, food and train rides as part of Sunday in the Park
. MELSA will have their miniature train rides running, while the Replica Steam Train, Mary Ann, will run on the riverside track for your enjoyment. Treat yourself to a BBQ from the band’s food stall, wear out the kids on the jumping castles, have your face painted, or just sit back under a tree and relax.
Hervey Bay Park Run
Every Saturday, 7am
For those wanting to use spring as an opportunity to get fit ahead of summer, the Hervey Bay Park Run
takes place every Saturday morning at Lions Park, Urangan. A 5km run, it’s you against the clock (although you’re welcome to run at whatever pace you want). Following your run you can grab a coffee at Cake Bake Brew
with the rest of your early bird runners.
Discover the region
Discovering the region is something everyone should do in spring as there is so much to see and do. Visit Pialba Place
and stock up on everything you need and then off you go - the Fraser Coast is waiting to be explored!
26 / 07 / 2017