There is more to the city of Hervey Bay than just the gateway to Fraser Island. Its location, beaches and free activities are just a start to this Queensland city.
This amazing town was discovered by Captain Cook in 1770 whilst he was sailing down the east coast of Australia. The waters of the Great Sandy Strait are shallow and Captain Cook did not proceed far enough south to find there is a passage between Fraser Island and the coast, so he believed that the Island was attached to the mainland.
It was named "Hervey's Bay" after Lord Augustus Hervey an admiral of the Blue, the Earl of Bristol and Captain Cook's boss. Matthew Flinders also passed through the area twice, around 1799
He sailed around Fraser Island and went ashore at the present site of Dayman Park. He was the first European to step ashore on Hervey Bay.
"...Feed the Lorikeets at the Botanical Gardens..."
There are many things to do in Hervey Bay, Whale watching, Fraser Island Tours, Fishing, Go karting, Feed the Lorikeets at the Botanical Gardens. Visit Hervey Bays markets held every Sunday with Arts, Crafts, everything you might need and loads of stuff that you don't.
Take a bicycle ride along the 14 kilometre foreshore cycle track. Feed the Pelican's, Enjoy BBQs at the Esplanade or how about some fitness, walk or ride the 18km Esplanade.
The water park features hundreds of spouts & jets, fountains, interactive play equipment, water slides, surfing, special play area for under 5’s year olds called TotSide, tipping buckets, music and a giant water screen. There is a coffee shop, viewing decks and boardwalks, amenities blocks and the pay-per-use Board Rider wave machine.
If you have missed skydiving on your trip around Australia then you can do it here in Hervey Bay too. Whale-watching season begins in June and take a cruise out on the ocean and maybe see some of the giant humpback whales & maybe even spot a baby whale if you're lucky, approximately 3000 Humpback whales will migrate this season between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef, so your chance of seeing this amazing creature is a pretty good. Don't forget to lookout for the Dolphin's swimming around the waters that surround the the city of Hervey Bay & Fraser Island.
If you still have money to spare why not take a helicopter ride of the city or Fraser Island and see it from a different view, maybe try a microlight flight too. If you've got the guts to do something outrageous... why not get shot 50 metres into the air in just over 1 second and experience up to 6G's of force. Experience the thrill of bungee jumping in the steel cage, but remember make sure you don't eat before you do this... it never tastes as good the second time round.