Hervey Bay Travel Guide

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Hervey Bay Overview

Hervey Bay is a beach-side city located in south east Queensland. It has become something of a hippy hangout in recent years.

The town, whose population is approximately 50,000 inhabitants, is a centre for whale watching. People flock to Hervey Bay every whale season, which starts late July and goes through to early November. It is also a gateway to Fraser Island and the southern Great Barrier Reef.

It has fantastic weather and consequently draws 'sea-changers', backpackers and those who don't like living in houses. Its offshore protection provides beaches almost free from waves.
The large bay is formed by Fraser Island and the coast. Hervey Bay is not so much single town, as a few seaside towns merged along the bay, Urangan, Torquay, Scarness, Pialba, and Point Vernon each have their own shopping precinct, parks and playgrounds.

Hervey Bay was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1770 while he was travelling the east coast of Australia. He wrongly assumed that Fraser Island was joined to the Australian mainland and the sheltered waters behind it were a bay. The waters of the Great Sandy Strait are very shallow and he did not proceed far enough south to find the passage between Fraser Island and the coast. He named the bay "Hervey's Bay" after Lord Augustus Hervey an admiral of the Blue, the Earl of Bristol and Captain Cook's boss.

While the town may have a relaxed feel to it, there has been a growing drugs problem. The police have been trying to crack down on this, as well as drink-driving so be forewarned!

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