Things to do in Hervey Bay

Our most recommended things to do in Hervey Bay

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

1. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

Join a guided day tour of Fraser Island and visit a curated itinerary of highlights such as Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, and the Maheno Shipwreck, with return ferry transfers included. Let your driver traverse the tracks and tides to ensure an enjoyable experience on the world’s largest sand island. Begin your adventure with pickup from your Hervey Bay accommodation, or make your own way to River Heads. Take a 40-minute ferry ride to Fraser Island, keeping a look out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. Once on the island, follow your local guide to see the stunning natural sights. If English is your second language, download the free foreign language app prior to the tour and use it offline for audio commentary. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its flora and fauna. Travel in an air-conditioned bus to Central Station, a former logging station. Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. Next up is the Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Choose to take a flight over the island (at an additional cost), or float down Eli Creek. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno. Also, see The Pinnacles colored sands, and learn how these formations were created. Board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads, and get dropped off at your accommodation.

From Hervey Bay: Remote Fraser Island (K'gari) Tour

2. From Hervey Bay: Remote Fraser Island (K'gari) Tour

On this full-day excursion, you’ll cruise the Great Sandy Strait along the pristine shores of Fraser Island (K'gari). Spot dolphins, turtles, dugongs, birds, and dingoes as you enjoy a light morning tea of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, slice, and biscuits. An amphibious watercraft will take you to the remote western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island (K'gari), driving right onto the beach to ensure you remain dry and comfortable. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Wathumba Creek on a range of activities including snorkeling with turtles, kayaking, tubing, beach walks, or a sand dune climb. Following a delicious lunch served on the boat, the tour continues to Awinya or Bowarrady Creek. Enjoy the diverse natural surroundings and a variety of water activities. From mid-July to the end of October each year, be on the lookout for humpback whales and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they enjoy the calm clear waters off Fraser Island (K'gari). If conditions are ideal, guests will have the opportunity to experience a humpback whale immersion. The friendly and experienced staff will provide expert commentary throughout the tour as well as serving afternoon tea: antipasti platter including cheese, cabana, crackers, pickled onions, and dip. The tour concludes with a relaxing cruise back to the Hervey Bay Marina.

Hervey Bay: Scenic Fraser Island Fun Cruise

3. Hervey Bay: Scenic Fraser Island Fun Cruise

Hop onboard the boat in Hervey Bay and set sail to the UNESCO listed Fraser Island, known for its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters. Cruise along the west coast of the island, and admire stunning views of its shoreline. Highlights of the trip include Pelican Banks, Moon Point, Big Woody Island, and more (depending on tidal conditions). As you glide through the ocean, look out for dolphins, sea turtles, and the mysterious dugong.  Sunbathe on deck while soaking up the sights, or cool off with a dip in the sea. Have fun in the boat’s built-in boom-net, which provides a safe space to play in the water. At the end of a magical 3 hour adventure, return to the port in Hervey Bay.

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

4. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the 2 days you’ll travel in in air-conditioned comfort between sites. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why Fraser Island was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie, and as an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into the amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort). At the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

5. Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

Relax on a tranquil evening cruise from Hervey Bay into the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. This is the perfect appetizer for your evening ahead. Nothing beats watching the sunset at sea and the experience of returning to the port at dusk. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you soak up the changing colors of the bay. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other wildlife that frequent the Marine Park at dusk. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset. Early evening is a special time to be on the water as marine wildlife of the harbor comes out to play. You will find the peacefulness of the water perfectly reflecting the evening light, and the lights of Hervey Bay twinkling in the distance mesmerizing.

Hervey Bay: Turtle Discovery Eco Tour & Cultural Experience

6. Hervey Bay: Turtle Discovery Eco Tour & Cultural Experience

Dive deep into the indigenous culture while cruising the bluest shallows and exploring the wildlife and unique beauty that surrounds the Great Sandy Straits on this turtle discovery tour. Begin your eco-tour at 10:30 AM onboard a 10-meter glass-bottom vessel. Travel through the spectacular waterways of the Great Sandy Marine Park, with stops at Round Island and Big Woody Island, and coral reefs for snorkeling and viewing through the glass panels. Enjoy time spent on the islands where you can swim or snorkel in crystal clear waters, play a game of beach cricket or take the opportunity to relax on the sandy beaches. Immerse yourself in the Butchulla culture with our local Indigenous guide. Gain a whole new perspective and appreciation of Aboriginal culture. Fully immerse yourself in the captivating stories from your guide. Or choose to relax and take in the views. Prepare to be transported to another time and place as your guide explains how they were taught to look to the elements, and further afield, to the stars for signs. It’s a breathtaking moment that will live on long after your gentle journey back to the dock. Snorkel and see if you can spot turtles, dolphins, dugongs, sea birds, and other marine life. Sneak off to your own private corner of a picture-perfect beach. Walk where the crystal blue water meets the white sand and spinifex grass. As you travel through the Straits, join the search for fish habitat amongst the coral reef, turtles, dolphins, sea bird colonies, and possibly a reef shark or dugong.

From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island Beach and Aussie BBQ Cruise

7. From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island Beach and Aussie BBQ Cruise

This tour departs from your Hervey Bay accommodation. You will depart the marina, and travel to Fraser Island, across the beautiful blue, clear water. Look out for Australian wildlife including dolphins, turtles, and whales on the way. Morning tea will be served on the journey over. Arrive at Fraser Island's western beach and/or Pelican Banks, depending on the season and weather. Beaches on the western side of Fraser Island are far more remote and untouched. Pelican Bank is a sandbank on the Great Sandy Strait which is utter perfection due to the clear water. Swim, kayak, fish, walk, play and explore this beautiful location. An Aussie BBQ lunch will be provided as you cruise back from Fraser Island. This includes locally-sourced ingredients such as quality rib fillet steaks, gourmet sausages, fresh Hervey Bay prawns, 3 delicious and nutritious salads, and bread. Cold drinks are available for purchase at the licensed affordable bar.

Fraser Island 4-Hour Eco-Sailing Adventure

8. Fraser Island 4-Hour Eco-Sailing Adventure

Spend a morning exploring the Fraser Coast’s natural environment, discover playful marine life and create memories to last a lifetime. With more than 30 years’ experience, Blue Dolphin Marine Tours offers unbeatable marine and adventure tours in Queensland on a comfortable, multi-award-winning sailing vessel. On this 4-hour adventure you’ll cruise the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait and explore the unspoiled west coast of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the pristine Pelican Bank. You’ll head to the heart of the dolphin playground and with a focus on discovering the abundant marine life, you’re likely to encounter pods of bottlenose dolphins, Australian humpback dolphins and even dugongs, fish and turtles. There will be ample time to swim in the inviting waters off Fraser Island or Pelican Bank, try out the boom net on the back of the boat, test your balance or simply relax on the exclusive AquaMat.

Hervey Bay Champagne Sunset Sail

9. Hervey Bay Champagne Sunset Sail

A luxury yacht invites you to sit back and relax as you’re taken on this Champagne Sunset Sail. Soak up the panoramic views of Hervey Bay and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Watch a spectacular sunset cast shadows of amber and gold on the Great Sandy Strait. Enjoy a 90-minute sail along the calm waters of Hervey Bay and around Fraser Island. Choose your favorite drink from the sparkling wine, beer, wine and soft drinks available. Savor the delicious finger foods, and sit back, relax and unwind. The Blue Dolphin Marine Tours Champagne Sunset Sail provides the perfect setting for a magical sunset in a tropical paradise.

From Hervey Bay: 3-Day K'gari Getaway with Guided 4WD Tour

10. From Hervey Bay: 3-Day K'gari Getaway with Guided 4WD Tour

Uncover the best spots of the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island with a local guide on a 3-day trip from Hervey Bay. Enjoy transfers from Hervey Bay, a ferry ride to the island, stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort and K'gari Beach Resort, 2 breakfasts, 1 resort lunch, and 1 picnic lunch. Start your getaway in style, with a pre-night stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Choose from triple, double, and single room options. Relax on the island and enjoy full access to the resort facilities, in preparation for your 3-day tour. Led by a guide, hit the sand tracks on a 4WD. Enjoy time exploring both coasts of the world’s largest sand island on this eco-adventure. Tick off all the favorite K'gari locations including the crystal-clear Lake McKenzie, and the towering rainforest of Pile Valley. Spend your second night in K'gari Beach Resort with a deck and kitchenette all to yourself. Enjoy breakfast at the resort in the morning, and head out on another day of island exploration. During your 4WD tour, in addition to the most coveted sites, uncover some of the destination's lesser-known but equally spectacular spots, such as the hidden oasis of Lake Wabby and Hammerstone Sandblow.

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What people are saying about Hervey Bay

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,369 reviews

The tour was great!! I was so excited for this trip and the tour made it even more enjoyable that I imagined. After staying in hostels and living off instant noodles for weeks, it was a luxury to stay at this resort and eat so much delicious food! The transport was comfy and air conditioned. We saw the best places and had an excellent tour guide! Dave was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, he really made our trip special! It was both relaxing and busy at the same time, despite being in a large group I didn’t feel rushed or short for time at all. Thank you so much for a wonderful time :)

Great trip Excellent crew with plenty of local knowledge and information Activities were brilliant and suitable for all travelers A Wonderful way to really learn more about Fraser Island and see the island - with a really personal touch by the tour guides

We had a great day with our guide Mike. We got to see some of the Fraser Island highlights and Mike was very informative.

What an amazing experience- 2 hours of cruising around the water with a spectacular sun set - highly recommend

Amazing tour. Amazing crew. Amazing experience. ☺️