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  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Urangan
Marina Beach Retreat

Beautiful new self-contained flat, in easy walking distance to beach and Marina, for restaurants, whale watching tours and shops. Lovely resort style pool. Also a private alfresco area with outdoor table and comfy chairs. And for those days/nights you just want to chill, we also have Netflix for you too! * 3 minute walk to clean sandy beach * 7 minute walk to Marina * 2 minute walk to cafe and coffee shop * 1 km along beach to Pier * 1.8 km to Woolworths shopping centre

SUPERHOST
  1. Entire condo
  2. Urangan
180˚ Water View Apartment - Simply Stunning

Relax on the private balcony and enjoy the expansive ocean and pier views from this stylish one-bedroom apartment. The unit is spacious, light and airy and features a king size bed, en suite with spa and premium facilities. As part of the Oaks Resort and Spa complex you have full access to the beautifully appointed pool area which features two large pools and sun loungers. The complex also features secure underground parking and a fully equipt gym.

SUPERHOST
  1. Private room
  2. Urangan
Pink Door

The beach is located 200 metres from our home and a 15 minute walk to the Boat Club and Marina. There is a foot/cycle path which continues on from the Boat Club along coast line to the Urangan Pier and further along esplanade as far as you would like to explore. There is a pick up point from units across the road for day visits to Fraser Island which is very popular with guests. Woolworths/Aldi is a short drive or 15 minute walk from the Pink Door which is very convenienant.

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Stay near Hervey Bay's top sights

Photo of Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens26 locals recommend
Photo of Spirit of Hervey Bay | Whale Watching Hervey Bay
Spirit of Hervey Bay | Whale Watching Hervey Bay4 locals recommend
Photo of Boat Club Adventure Cruises
Boat Club Adventure Cruises4 locals recommend
Photo of Great Sandy Straits Marina Urangan Hervey Bay
Great Sandy Straits Marina Urangan Hervey Bay3 locals recommend
Photo of Stockland Hervey Bay Shopping Centre
Stockland Hervey Bay Shopping Centre19 locals recommend
Photo of Enzo's on the Beach
Enzo's on the Beach38 locals recommend

Other great holiday rentals in Hervey Bay

SUPERHOST
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Torquay
Seaside apartment central to beach and cafes
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Booral Hervey bay
New Poolside Cabin b'fast Inc, Close to Fraser Is.
SUPERHOST
  1. Campervan/RV
  2. Scarness
Millie The Caravan
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Urangan
"Blue Bay" Studio - Queen Bed - Hervey Bay
SUPERHOST
  1. Private room
  2. Urangan
Pier House Queen2: Breakfast, Pier, Beach, Cafe’s
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire home
  2. Urangan
Fairweather SMALL DOGS (10KG) WALK TO THE BEACH
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire condo
  2. Urangan
Blissful Esplanade Villa, Swim Beach Opposite
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Scarness
Erna and Ian's Haven
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Urangan
The Shouse, More than a shed but not quite a house
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Scarness
Beach front apartment
SUPERHOST
  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Kawungan
Unique Garden Shower Studio Hervey Bay Central
SUPERHOST
  1. Private room
  2. Point Vernon
Beach Boho Studio Apartment close to the beach

Your guide to Hervey Bay

Welcome to Hervey Bay

One of the world’s premier spots for whale watching, Hervey Bay is roughly halfway between Brisbane and Rockhampton on Queensland’s Fraser Coast. The bay sits on what’s known as the “humpback highway,” the annual procession of Southern Hemisphere humpback whales migrating from the Antarctic along the east coast of Australia to the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef for winter. Hervey Bay is the whales’ preferred stopover on their way north, as the waters here are sheltered from the open ocean by nearby Fraser Island.

On the return journey to the Antarctic, the calm waters of Hervey Bay serve as a nursery for calves and their mothers as well as juvenile humpbacks. These whales may linger for many days to gain strength before continuing south. The town of Hervey Bay is also a great base for forays into the rainforests, rainwater lakes, and long beaches of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and the surrounding Great Sandy Marine Park.


How do I get around Hervey Bay?

The closest international airport to Hervey Bay is Brisbane Airport (BNE). Pick up a rental in Brisbane for the 3.25-hour drive, or take a connecting flight to Hervey Bay Airport (HVB). You can hire a car at the town’s tiny airport, or take a taxi or rideshare to your stay. While the Hervey Bay waterfront stretches from the Point Vernon promontory along Torquay Beach to the Urangan Pier headland, the terrain is mostly flat, making it ideal for walking and cycling. (You can rent conventional bicycles and e-bikes in town if you don’t have your own.) You can also fish off the beach or from Urangan Pier, which protrudes nearly one kilometre (1,000 yards) into the bay. Whale-watching tours set off from the centrally located Great Sandy Straits Marina, to the south of Urangan Pier, while vehicle barges to Fraser Island depart from River Heads, a 20-minute drive from the town centre.


When is the best time to stay in a holiday rental in Hervey Bay?

In subtropical Hervey Bay, late spring, summer, and most of autumn are hot and humid, with more rainy days from December to March than at other times of the year. The driest months are June and July, when you’ll enjoy warm winter days and brisk nights. While humpback whales stop in at Hervey Bay from early July, on their way north, and return south until November, the peak season for encountering whales in the bay is early August to late September. The Hervey Bay Whale Festival kicks off with a blessing of the fleet in late July, followed by the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival and the Whale Parade and Concert in early August.


What are the top things to do in Hervey Bay?

Whale watching

Hervey Bay was named the world’s first Whale Heritage Site not only for its concentration of humpback whales (and pilot whales, pygmy sperm whales, false killer whales, and dolphins), but because tour operators here are committed to responsible, sustainable whale watching. You’ll have a wide choice of whale-watching expeditions, from large cruisers to smaller boats, including a sailing catamaran. Whichever option you choose, your skipper must passively wait for curious and often playful whales to approach the vessel.

Woody Island

This long, narrow island in the waters between the mainland and Fraser Island is known as Big Woody to locals. A haven for shorebirds and reef fish, it’s around 25 minutes by boat from the marinas at Urangan. Take a tour boat from Hervey Bay to the island’s Jeffries Beach; from here there are hiking tracks along the shoreline to two abandoned 19th-century lighthouses.

Fraser Island

The largest sand island in the world is a short boat or barge ride from Hervey Bay. There are plenty of tour operators offering day trip options, from boat tours departing the marina and vehicle barges to scenic flights from Hervey Bay Airport.