What to do in Hervey Bay

What to do in Hervey Bay?

Of the many Hervey Bay attractions, there is no lack of activities, festivals or events in the Hervey Bay Fraser Island Area. The Hervey Bay tourism industry is alive and well, so check out Main Street Motel’s list of things to do in Hervey Bay and surrounding areas.

Beaches & Parklands

With kilometres of unspoilt beaches and calm waters safe for swimming all year round, Hervey Bay is a great family holiday location, romantic getaway or escape from the chills of the southern winter.

Hervey Bay’s foreshore is fringed with parkland and about 15km of paved pedestrian /cycle paths. Running parallel to the foreshore, the Link Corridor also provides a safe walking and bike path from Pialba to Urangan. With free parking along the way and plenty of playgrounds for the kids to choose from as well as cafes and restaurants scattered throughout.

Scarness Beach Hervey Bay

Urangan Pier
The iconic Urangan Pier is a landmark as you explore the Bay. Built in 1917 for ships to take locally grown sugar as well as coal from the nearby Burrum coal fields and to deliver fuel, the Urangan Pier was originally over a kilometre in length.

Now 868 metres long, Urangan Pier is a popular spot for fishing, strolling and watching the spectacular sunsets and sunrises over the Bay.

Hervey Bay beautiful view

Fraser Island
The largest sand island in the world Fraser Island is a must see for all visitors to Hervey Bay.
With towering rainforests growing from the sand, pristine lakes and an amazing variety of flora and fauna, Fraser Island’s landscape is truly unique.
From Hervey Bay to Fraser Island, accessible by passenger and vehicular ferry, light plane or helicopter, a one, two or three day trip to Fraser Island will be a highlight of your trip.

Fraser Island tour

July - October

From mid-July to mid-October, Hervey Bay has become famous as the playground of the majestic humpback whales on their return to the Antarctic when the whales frolic in the warm waters of the bay. Don’t leave it too late… book now!


  • Nikenbah Markets – 1st, 3rd &  5th Sunday of month, 6 AM – 12 noon.
  • Koala Markets- 2nd & 4th Sunday of month, 6 AM – 12 noon
  • Urangan Pier Markets- Every Wed & Sat 7am-1pm.
  • Maryborough Markets- Every Thurs 8am-1pm.

There are many markets held throughout the region if you would like to know more about pop-up markets contact us directly.

WetSide Water Park

  • 600m walk down from this motel with free entry
  • Water slides (fee)
  • Water play area
  • totSide for under 5s play
  • flipside Board Rider (fee)
  • Fountain Light Show Saturday night 2 7pm (specific times of the year)
  • Coffe shop, fish and chip shop and restaurant all on site.

Operating during school holidays (not June/July).

Whale Festivities

To celebrate the new whale season commencing Hervey Bay have a number of events running from the last week of July through to the first week of August.

*Blessing of the fleet- traditional ritual of the whale watching vessels being blessed for the new season

*Whale parade- a night parade full of lights, colour and the whole community coming together to celebrate Hervey Bay and the whale season

*Paddle out to the whales- A conservation and awareness event where people are encourage to paddle out on the water on the paddle boards, kayaks, or even swimming floats. The event brings people all around to celebrate all things whales and their awareness in the environment.

Hervey Bay Seafood Festival

This event is held early/mid-August, with thousands of people flocking down to Fishermans Park to celebrate the fabulous local seafood harvested from the waters of the Fraser Coast. Enjoy a family atmosphere with stalls, demonstrations, hot and cold seafood. As well as live entertain and local produce sampling. For something special be at the Tastes of the Bay Celebrity Chef seafood lunch. Admission fees apply.

Now you know what to do in Hervey Bay, so just ask our friendly staff when you book your room at Main Street Motel and get the latest information on Hervey Bay Activities and Festivals and other fun things to do in the area.