Hervey Bay in southeast Queensland is known for its humpback whales, spectacular beaches, and proximity to attractions such as Fraser Island. This small coastal city of 63,000 plays host to numerous events and activities throughout the year, making it an excellent destination for a summer break or weekend getaway. These laidback events, suitable for families and kids, highlight local culture and history and are an excellent way to get to know the region.
Hervey Bay Offshore Superboat Race
Enjoy an exciting day out at the beach at the Hervey Bay Boat Club Offshore Superboat Championships
. Held over the weekend of the 19th and 20th November, the national series final will feature a lot of superboats and an opportunity to meet with the drivers. There’s also a boat parade on the esplanade and attendees can watch the race, which spans from Torquay to Point Vernon, from anywhere along the beachfront.
There are a few different ways you can enjoy the event, and picking a great vantage point gives you an opportunity to see the superboats, which can reach speeds of up to 200km per hour. You can view the event from the Torquay Precinct on the esplanade, where there are plenty of eateries and cafes, or bring your own chair and picnic if you prefer. The Urangan Boat Harbour is another great vantage point for seeing the boats up close. Or try Scarness beach, where you can enjoy refreshments from the local pubs and cafés after the race.
Hervey Bay RSL Carols by Candlelight
If you’ll be in Hervey Bay during the Christmas period, enjoy a night out at the local Carols by Candlelight
at the Seafront Oval on 17th December. With a pre-program starting at 5:30pm and the main program kicking off at 7:00pm, the free family event features music performances. The event ends with a dazzling fireworks display. Grab dinner on the go at the many food stalls at the event, and don’t forget to bring your own candles or purchase a glow stick.
Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum events
The award-winning Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum
is one of the top attractions in the area. Situated on 1.2 hectares of land, there are carefully preserved historical buildings, over 12,000 items, and interesting exhibits that allow kids and adults to learn about what life was like for European settlers in the area in the 19th and 20th century.
Throughout the year and during the summer, the museum holds regular interactive demonstrations on settler survival skills and other aspects of the early settlers’ lives. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the evocation of another time in the area’s history. Demonstrations are held every Sunday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Local and community markets
Browsing a local market
is a favourite summertime activity for many people, and it’s a wonderful way to discover some new treasures. Hervey Bay has many local and community markets that are held regularly throughout the year. The Torquay Beachside Market is held every second, fourth, and fifth Saturday of each month, while the Urangan Pier Park Community Markets is on every Saturday of the year.
Also check out the Marina Twilight Markets, which are held from afternoon to early evening every Friday on the Hervey Bay Marina. The Koala Markets
are held by the Koala Social Club every second, fourth, and fifth Sunday every month. This popular market offers lots of trash and treasure, local arts and craft, and tasty goodies such as jam and cakes. Also not to be missed is the Howard Country Markets, featuring over 100 stalls and held on the first Saturday of every month, except during January.
New Year’s Eve Hervey Bay
If you’re lucky enough to spend New Year’s at Hervey Bay, why not celebrate it at the Torquay Foreshore with a big crowd this year? New Year’s Eve at Hervey Bay
starts at 4:00pm and features plenty of music performances, family friendly events, and kids’ activities. Wander around the market and food stalls for an early dinner before settling down to watch the fireworks display at 8:00pm.
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery events
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
has an impressive list of events and new exhibits through the year. For a musical exhibition, don’t miss Music in the Gallery, which runs until the end of December. Also on show until the end of December is Welcome Aboard the SS Maheno, an exhibit that will take you on board the famous vessel before it ran aground on Fraser Island.
Also not to be missed during summer is Botanica, a nature-inspired craft exhibition that incorporates works by local artisans. The gallery is also running a few children’s workshops and other interesting exhibits that feature local cultural and historical points of interest.
Visit Hervey Bay this summer
Hervey Bay is packed with exciting activities and a busy summer event calendar that caters to many interests and people of all age groups. With a little planning, you can explore and experience more of this beautiful beachside town during the warmer months.
28 / 11 / 2016