Hervey Bay, a coastal city in southern Queensland with a population of some 60,000+ and covering 93.2 km² is widely known as the premium location for observing the beautiful humpback whales. Whale-watching vessels operate during the July to October migration season. It's also a destination hub for a variety of tours to nearby Fraser Island, which has pristine white beaches and features a rain forest habitat for dingoes and other unique native wildlife. The city has a marvelous waterfront esplanade linking the city's Urangan marina with beaches offering calm waters for swimmers of all ages.
Hervey Bay offers a wonderful arena for fishing and has been a popular destination for the lure thrower for decades. Recently the region has been recognised as a big game marlin fishery with regular 1000 pounders tipping the scales recorded.