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Visit Fraser Island
Hervey Bay is one of the main jump-off points for Fraser Island tours. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, stretching for about 120 kilometres (75 miles). Visitors who arrive on flights to Hervey Bay can embark on a 4WD tour of Fraser Island. The island offers diverse landscapes with gorgeous beaches, oceanside cliffs, rainforests, and sand dunes. Fraser Island is home to wildlife as well, including a large colony of dingoes and humpback whales that can be seen off the coast. There’s so much to see on Fraser Island after your flights to Hervey Bay, but be sure to include the famous 75 Mile Beach on your itinerary.
Walk Along the Esplanade
The Esplanade in Hervey Bay stretches for about 14 kilometres (9 miles) along the city’s waterfront. The Esplanade begins in Gatakers Bay and ends in Urangan Harbour. Visitors with return flights to Hervey Bay can enjoy the beautiful beach and ocean views along the Esplanade. During the walk, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities to go onto the beach or stop at a beachside cafe.
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens
The city’s botanical gardens cover an area of 26 hectares with trees and plants native to the region. Visitors with cheap flights to Hervey Bay can take a walk through the gardens or visit for an afternoon picnic surrounded by nature. In addition to the gardens of Queensland plants, a Chinese garden is part of the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens as well.
Great Barrier Reef
If you’ve never experienced the Great Barrier Reef before, plan a day trip there after your flights to Hervey Bay. Several tour operators transport passengers from Hervey Bay to Lady Elliot Island at the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef. While visiting, you can take part in activities that will give you a better insight into the reef - snorkelling and diving, glass bottom boat tours, and scenic flights. While exploring Lady Elliot Island between your return flights to Hervey Bay, you’ll have the opportunity to spot coral, tropical fish, and sea turtles.
Travelling with Children
If you book return flights to Hervey Bay between July and October, you’ll have the opportunity to take the family on a whale-watching excursion. During this time, humpback whales inhabit the water near Hervey Bay. Tickets to Hervey Bay whale watching cruises will allow you to see these whales in their natural habitat. During the cruise, you’ll have a good chance of spotting some dolphins as well.
Reef World Aquarium Hervey Bay
The Reef World Aquarium showcases a variety of marine life. It’s home to sea creatures that could be found in the Great Barrier Reef, including tropical fish, sea turtles, and sharks. Reef World offers a different experience than most aquariums around the world. The enclosures only use water filtered from the sea and natural sunlight, helping to mimic the typical environment of its inhabitants.
Wetside Water Park
For a fun family day out after arriving on cheap flights to Hervey Bay, head to this water park on the city’s Esplanade. Within the park, children and adults alike can enjoy a variety of water slides and a Flipside board rider. On Saturday nights, visitors in Queensland with an airfare to Hervey Bay can also enjoy a free light show that takes place in the park. Entrance to the park is free, and a ticket for 10 slides costs $5 AUD.
The Cost of Visiting
When you book cheap flights to Hervey Bay, try to budget about $150 AUD per night for a hotel. If you’re on a tight budget, Hervey Bay also offers several affordable options less than $100 AUD per night. On average, restaurant meals cost about $18 AUD, however prices are higher if you’ll be trying some locally-caught seafood. A latte from local cafes costs about $3.80 AUD.
The main expense after booking flights to Hervey Bay is the excursions. A day trip to Fraser Island costs about $200 AUD per person, and a two-day trip to comes in around $400 AUD. Whale-watching is another common expense for visitors with flights to Hervey Bay. You can expect to pay about $150 AUD to go on a whale-watching tour.
Another expense to prepare for is transportation. After your flights to Hervey Bay arrive, you can get a taxi from Hervey Bay Airport (HVB) to the city centre for about $25 AUD. Car rental companies are also available from Hervey Bay Airport (HVB) with rental prices starting at about $110 AUD for a two-day hire.