No boat trips are necessary to reach the whale watching capital city of Australia. Connected to the mainlan d , Hervey Bay is nestled between Queensland and Fraser Island. However there’s more to this coastal town than just whale watching. We’ve rounded up our favourite things to do and see in Hervey Bay to make your trip a memorable one! 1. Whale Watching Hervey Bay is easily one of the best places to spot humpback and Southern Right Whales as the migrate south View the whales breaching from one of the many vantage points on land – Hervey Bay has a path spanning the natural foreshore – or jump aboard one of the many tours departing daily to see them up close. Naturally protected by Fraser Island, the bay is a regular resting stop for the Whales on their annual journey. Pods of whales start to appear by mid-July and hang around until early November. Watch on as they teach their young new skills and enjoy a chance to splash around in the calm waters. Humpback Whales are especially curious creatures which make them a great animal to observe - they are usually up for putting on a little show for the boats. Video credit: Tasman Venture 2. Fraser Island Visiting the largest sand island in the world and its unique attractions makes a day trip to Fraser Island worth the short ferry trip. The white silica sand and clear blue water of the approximately 150 hectare Lake McKenzie is a sight that must be seen. There’s a reason that Fraser Island is one of Australia’s top travel destination. The best way to explore the island is by joining a group tour, or hiring your own 4WD to navigate through the rainforest. You can also do as the locals do and also exploring the sand dunes by 4WD. Swimming in the ocean may not be recommended but there are plenty of opportunities to cool down inland in one of the many freshwater lakes. Explore the sand dunes than take a hike along the sandblows to cool down at Lake Wabby. No trip to Fraser Island is complete without visiting the S.S. Maheno, a ship built in 1905 that became a permanent fixture near Eli Creek in 1935 after being caught in a cyclone. Image: Tourism Australia, Maxime Coquard 3. Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere Start your visit with a trip to the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere to learn about all the local attractions. Meet Harvey the Whale, explore the local ecosystems and learn about the indigenous traditions of the Butchella people. A great place for families; this is the best way to equip yourself with all the fun facts about the area. 4. Watersports No family holiday is complete without taking the time to enjoy the water. The calm waters of Hervey Bay make it the perfect place to try some waterskiing, sailing or burn some energy with some stand up paddle boarding. You’ll find something to do for all ages. Or head to the WetSide Water Education Park . Combining the fun of a water park with educational lessons about water sustainability this park is an excellent way to cool off in the summer months. With an area designed specifically for those under 5, this place is a top Hervey Bay attraction for kids. 5. Bars and restaurants Boasting beautiful beachside cafes, Hervey Bay is a great place to sit back and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful views. For the best coffee, visit School House Espresso or if you would like a casual meal with a view try Goody’s on the beach. Later you can continue on to one of the local bars offering live entertainment. To book your Hervey Bay accommodation and get more information on whale watching tours and other Hervey Bay attractions, contact Mantra Hervey Bay today!