Hervey Bay is the best place in Australia to go whale watching. Every year between August and October Humpback Whales migrate year with their young to hang out around Hervey Bay.
Hervey is also one of the best spots to head off on a Fraser Island adventure.
The main things to do in Hervey Bay is swim, fish, and Fraser Island. And one thing you don’t want to miss out on is Fraser Island. The largest sand island in the world is home to a unique ecosystem of flora and fauna, and is home to the purest breed of dingos. Fraser Island is one of the best places to sight wild dingos, although they are also considered quite dangerous and should never be fed human food.
Numerous Fraser Island tours depart from Hervey Bay. You can go on multi day adventures, day long bus tours or leisurely sailing trip. Last time I went to Fraser Island I went on a day long bus tour that took me to all the highlights of the island, but this time, with a toddler in tow, we decided to go for a more laid back option.
It was morning as we wandered down the pier at the Hervey Bay Urangon boat harbour until we found the Fraser, Beach and BBQ cruise boat. We were served fruit and cake as we calmly made our way across to the island. Jake kept watch at the bow as we glided along the water. As we neared the island, the wildlife started appearing. A group of humpback dolphins were hunting fish near by. They didn’t pay us much notice and we got to watch them for quite a while before they disappeared under the water.
We were ferried across to one of the white sand beaches that makes Fraser Island famous. Since we had arrived by boat we were able to go to a part of the island far away from the camp grounds and backpacker 4wd tour buses. It was like having this special place all to ourselves.
After a few hours on the beach in the sun, swimming, kayaking and fishing, we made our way back to the boat for a buffet BBQ lunch. As we made our way closer to the Hervey Bay Urangon boat harbour we started to see dozens of dark shapes under the water. As the shapes came up for a quick gasp of air we realized we were surrounded by dozens of huge logger head turtles. Who know, maybe the turtle who we saw laying eggs in Bundaburg just the night before was here.
Our southern Queensland adventure tour was made possible by Choice Hotels.