The main town in the Fraser Coast region and is brimming with highlights of its own. From August to November about 3000 humpback whales don't simply pass through Hervey Bay on their annual migration - they stop to rest and play in the bay's protected waters.
Thanks to this natural spectacle, Hervey Bay is renowned as one of the best spots to embark on a whale-watching tour. Urangan Boat Harbour is the departure point for such adventures, and here you will find a number of operators conducting tours from around July to November.
Other highlights of Hervey Bay include beautiful beaches, parks, botanical gardens and plenty of bird watching opportunities, making it one of those rare peaceful stop offs on Australia's East-Coast.
From Hervey Bay you can also access Lady Elliot Island, the very first coral cay in the southern Great Barrier Reef.