The Hervey Bay region stirs thoughts of whales, beaches, reef and islands.  It is the quintessential Queensland holiday destination for lovers of sand, sea and surf.

The region is swiftly gaining well-deserved global attention after the recent royal visit to Fraser Island, but there is still some quiet time to enjoy the region and create some magic family memories to last a lifetime.

Fraser Island

It’s impossible to talk about the region without first mentioning the world-heritage listed island.

Fraser Island is a family haven with many child-friendly activities including drifting along the current in Eli Creek, swimming in pristine Lake McKenzie and exploring the rainforest at Central Station.

Head outdoors

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This region is made for outdoor adventures.

Why not take some time to get out on the bay and look for dolphins, turtles and dugong?

Take a fishing rod to Urangan Pier and try your luck for the one that doesn’t get away, or enjoy a picnic at Wongi Waterholes.

Hervey Bay, on the Fraser Coast, is the whale capital of Queensland.  Mother whales use the calm waters in the region to teach their newborn calves survival skills.

You can enjoy day tours, snorkeling, paddle-boarding or kite-surfing are available to view the more than 7,000 whales that stop here each year.  Why not check out Freedom Whale Watch and Dive Charters for a great day out!

Head indoors

While we say the weather is always perfect, we know there are days better spent inside.

The region covers these activities well with cinemas, ten-pin bowling, video arcades, a jump park and indoor entertainment centres filled with mini golf, laser tag and an ice-rink!


Maryborough is the home of Mary Poppins where you can find her silhouette everywhere, visit the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum where more than 10,000 artefacts are on display or ride a replica of the Mary Ann, Queensland’s first steam engine.

We know you will enjoy the region as much as we do, and with the school holidays only a few weeks away, take some time now to start planning your next family holiday with to make some magic memories of your own.