Location Feature – Hervey Bay

Slightly perplexed by the rave reviews we keep posting about this sweet little speck on the Queensland coastline? Hervey Bay is arguably one of our most loved locum spots and we’ve compiled all the sono intel we have to detail exactly why you should consider this option when it’s open!


Hervey where?  

Located on a quiet coastal area of southern Queensland, Hervey Bay is 290kms (around 3.5hrs drive) north of Brisbane. Known for it’s accessibility to beautiful boating, fishing and sealife exploration, the bay has a natural north facing postion with calm beaches and wide undeveloped foreshores.

Talk me through the weekend activities…

Oh gosh, where to start! Head out for some whale watching (in the right season), skip across to K’gari (Fraser Island) for a day or overnight, head north to Bargara for day trips to Lady Musgrave Island and Lady Elliot Islands. Mon Repos (just slightly north again hosts turtle encounters where you can observe, depending on the time of year, nesting and egg laying or the emergence of hatchlings and their race down to the ocean. If you want to head south, Rainbow Beach is just 1.5hrs drive and Noosa 2hrs. Crowds increase the further south you go but their beaches are undeniably excellent and (because you’re out of protection of K’gari) there’s surf!

Suggestions from sonos prior

CHECK OUT THE WHALES!!! Tasman Venture – best whale watching experience. The sunsets here are amazing. The beach is lovely and calm and great to walk/run on.  K’gari Island is so close and would definitely recommend going there it is a 4WD/camping adventure heaven. Rainbow beach is stunning and great to visit for a day trip or an overnighter on the weekend. Enzo’s on the beach – great for a sunset drink – they have a happy hour everyday and are located right on the beach. Beach House is great for a pub meal and they often have live music. Best coffee would be at either the Bean Beat or Brew & View ( in my opinion). There are markets on all the time. If you want a locals  pub I would check out Hervey Bay Hotel. The local Brewery has really good beers if that is your thing. AK locum sono – July 2023

Obviously the weather and the destination made the whole experience great. Certainly feeling the cold now I’m back in Victoria. The accommodation was pretty good, I had access to a few restaurants within 100m of my room when I was feeling lazy. AL locum sono – July 2023

Take a boat! 😂 No seriously, take a boat. Or hire a boat. Head out to western K’gari – pelican bank was AMAZING – instaworthy! Caught a monster haul of squid. Lost all our crab pots in the big tides and went spearfishing off the beach at the back of our house… Just walked down to Point Vernon – amazing! We also went over to K’gari with the car for a weekend and stayed at Kingfisher Resort – what a TREAT.  BB locum sono – March 2024

It’s a great spot to have a slow down, especially with the family. There are lots of playgrounds, good bike paths and a shallow beach (with Queensland weather but no Noosa crowds!). S locum sono – September 2023



Hervey Bay – rancho relaxo!


Whale watching goodness.

K’gari – yes please!

K’gari again

Point made about taking a boat!

Kingfisher Resort on K’gari – where’s the cocktail!?