Hervey Bay is a large coastal town located just over 280 kilometres north of Brisbane. It is a very popular holiday destination for grey nomads and families alike. Mainly because of it’s temperate climate and laid-back lifestyle.
Hervey Bay is actually made up of several smaller towns which over the years have all joined together. In the town of Urangan, you will find the famous Urangan Pier. Originally constructed between 1913 and 1917, it was used to move cargo out to ships moored in the deep channel of the Bay. It originally extended 1.1 kilometres out to sea but after it was closed part of this was demolished. Due to public outcry at its closure, the rest was preserved and now remains standing at a length of 868 metres.
It is a popular spot for fisherman and it was lovely to walk down to the end and take in the view. The view is expansive and extends across the bay to Fraser Island. Hervey Bay is the ‘gateway’ to Fraser Island and there are two places where you can catch a ferry across to the island. In the winter months Hervey Bay is famous for whale watching as the water temperature is warmer for mothers and their calves.
Hervey Bay has 16 kilometres of bike path along the Esplanade and we were able to hire pushbikes for $16 for a half day.
The pathways are largely flat so someone with a moderate level of fitness would be able to ride them. I was certainly happy with how far I managed to ride. We rode about 12 kilometres all up although we did stop a couple of times. There are plenty of cafe’s along the way if you need a cool drink. We stopped off at the Black Dog Cafe – turns out they make a pretty tasty Iced Coffee!
Markets are held regularly at Urangan Pier. Although only small, they had some nice stalls. I found some skin care products made from avocado as well as a good selection of fresh produce.
The local Botanic Gardens are only small, but they are lovely. We were amazed to discover that the dam in the middle was full of turtles. There were so many we couldn’t count them all. I have never seen so many turtles in one spot before.
After our busy day exploring we headed to the Hervey Bay RSL Club for dinner. If you are on a budget an RSL or Bowling Club usually offer good food at a reasonable price. The club offers a courtesy bus, although it was only a 10 minute drive for us. We like a good meal but are by no means ‘fine diners’ so the menu at the RSL suited us fine. Master Oz had a huge Chicken Parmigiana (his favourite) and I had a steak with a garlic and prawn sauce.
We made sure we got up early and went for a walk along the Esplanade the next day. We wanted to walk on the beach but as it was high tide there was no beach to walk on.
WHERE TO STAY
We chose to stay in a small cabin at what is now an Ingenia Holidays park in Torquay. The park was well maintained and set out and the studio cabins have recently been refurbished. We had a studio cabin so it was only small but had everything in it that we required for the weekend.
Walking around the park I was impressed with the number of en suite sites available. There were also plenty of large grassed areas for camping. There were also larger cabins and villas as well as three BBQ areas and a swimming pool.
Just a short stroll away is Shelly Beach which is a great spot for a swim, especially for kids. The beaches in Hervey Bay are very sheltered so there are were no waves. Fantastic for anyone not experienced in the surf. The water temperature was also quite pleasant for this time of the year.
We really enjoyed our stay at Hervey Bay. There is not a lot to do so it would be ideal if you were looking for somewhere to relax for a few days.