Hervey Bay, Australia

Hervey Bay (pronounced 'Harvey Bay') was named by Captain James Cook during his discovery voyage along the east coast of Australia in 1770.

However, it was not until the 1850's that the first white settlers arrived in the area to establish cattle stations and eventually sugar cane plantations.

Over time the attractions of the area including the excellent fishing, the quietness of the area, the accessibility to the smooth waters of the bay, led to the development of a number of individually named villages along the foreshore and which later became the towns of Urangan, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba, Point Vernon and Gatakers Bay.

It was not until September 1977 that the combined villages were declared the Town of Hervey Bay and the area was finally named a city in February 1984.

The city of Hervey Bay now is a favourite holiday destination for many Australians and is becoming internationally famous for its excellent tourist facilities and its attractions including Fraser Island and the whale watching experience that enthrals during the mid July to early November period every year.

Whale Watching

Many humpback whales arrive in Hervey Bay from mid July to rest in the calm waters of the bay. These majestic creatures have made Hervey Bay a regular holiday destination of choice on their annual migration to Antarctica after giving birth in the warm waters of north Queensland.

Mothers and calves are now relaxed and at home with the whale watching boats which carefully approach their playground, and the guaranteed sightings are counted as an experience of a lifetime. The humpbacks have made Hervey Bay their own, and as one of the most active and acrobatic of species they provide an awesome sight with their antics, including spectacular displays of breaching, tail flapping and pectoral slapping.

The new calves are given time to gain strength before starting the long passage south to the feeding grounds of the Antarctic. Weighing around a tonne at birth, the calves quickly add to their weight by consuming a phenomenal 600 litres of milk each day.

Australia's Whale Watching Capital Hervey Bay, Queensland!

Fraser Island

Spanning 124 kilometres and covering an area of 163,000 hectares Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, has developed over a period of 800,000 years, and it's still being perfected. It may be impossible to explore every inch of its beauty, yet just a taste can leave you feeling charmed and captivated.

Sand is the key to how the island was formed but it is the abundance of fresh water in its many lakes and crystal clear creeks and streams that has made it so special. Water has meant the creation of exceptional rainforests thriving in the nutrients from the breakdown of other plants which has enriched the sand of the forest floor.

Mysterious, moody and beautiful, there are excellent subjects for photography, great places to see birds, other fauna and flora. Fraser Island is home to more than 230 species of birds and there are 25 species of mammal present on the island. Isolation has ensured that Fraser's dingoes are the purest breed in eastern Australia and other native mammals include wallabies, possums, flying foxes and echidnas.

Listed as a World Heritage site in 1992, Fraser Island is a wonderful gift of nature and a must to visit during your stay in Hervey Bay!

Bayshores Holiday Apartments

Bayshores Holiday Apartments has a tour booking office on site and will be happy to assist in arranging whale watching and Fraser Island tours.

Click on the links below to learn more about Hervey Bay and the things to do while you are here.

How to get to Hervey Bay