Why We Love Living in Hervey Bay QLD

Where is Hervey Bay QLD?

Hervey Bay Beaches + Great Weather + Relaxed Lifestyle = A Slice of Paradise!

Distance Hervey Bay QLD to Brisbane

Is Hervey Bay a good place to live? Anyone living in Hervey Bay QLD knows firsthand how great the coastal city is. 

Just how far is Hervey Bay QLD from Brisbane? A mere 3½ hours north by road via the Bruce Highway, 30 minutes northeast of Maryborough.  The Fraser Coast Airport situated in the suburb of Urangan has direct flights from Brisbane (45 mins) and Sydney (1½ hours). 

There are several trains that also service the coastal city; the fastest being the high speed Tilt Train with connections to and from Maryborough West or the nearby town of Howard heading south to the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane as well as north to Rockhampton, Townsville, and Cairns. 

Here’s a direct link to Translink Journey Planner to make getting around the coastal city by public transport even easier!

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Hervey Bay QLD Beaches
Tourist Attractions & Sightseeing

Hervey Bay Australia is synonymous with a unique laid-back lifestyle combined with year-round perfect weather. It really is paradise! And with more people choosing to call the coastal city home; there’s been enormous development with additional facilities added for the ever-growing Hervey Bay population.

Of course, Hervey Bay has long been renowned as the Whale Watching capital of the world and equally famous for the Heritage World Listed Fraser Island; making it a very popular destination for tourists from across the globe, many of which would undoubtedly love to stay permanently if they could. No doubt you’ll love the great spot and awesome relaxed lifestyle.

What to do in Hervey Bay QLD Australia?

We’ve listed two of the most popular Hervey Bay attractions as well as a few fun things to do including lazy days soaking up the sunshine and calm waters at one of the many gorgeous beaches or head to WetSide Water Park. Of course, there are so many more lifestyle and tourist attractions in this amazing coastal city where absolutely everything is just within a few minutes drive. 

Check out the Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre or the Visit Fraser Coast Website.

Is Hervey Bay QLD worth visiting? Absolutely!

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Is Hervey Bay a Good Place to Live?

Check our Hervey Bay Suburbs page for detailed information about what each suburb has to offer. You might also like to take a look at our Real Estate Suburb Profile Updates for specific information about the local property market including number of homes sold, median house and rent prices for each suburb and/or region.

It’s no surprise that Hervey Bay, Queensland is regarded as one of Australia’s most desired places to live— not only are there lots of fun things to do for the whole family; but there’s also our perfect weather, stunning Hervey Bay beaches, affordable living and a very wide range of housing options to choose from. Whether you are looking to retire, buy your very first home, or want to upgrade to a larger house— there are plenty of property types to suit everyone. 

There’s everything from classic, established older homes to brand new Turnkey House and Land Packages in newly released housing estates. There’s also seaside, beachfront or rural, acreage and urban-residential blocks to high rise apartments, villas, units, and townhouses in town, out of town, or in the suburbs. 

Living in Hervey Bay Population & Statistics


City Size & Population Density: The total area of Hervey Bay is 93.2 square kilometers with a population density of about 561 individuals living per square kilometer
Hervey Bay Population Demographics: When taking a closer look at the age of the population, the median age in Hervey Bay is 45, which is higher than the national average of 37
Top Countries of Birth for Residents in Hervey Bay:  Australia (66.7%), England (3.9%), New Zealand (2.2%), Germany (0.4%), Scotland (0.5%) & Philippine (0.1%)
Top Languages Spoken: English, German, Mandarin, French, Dutch & Italian
Main Religious Groups Hervey Bay: 29.6% No religion, 13.3% Anglican, 22.6% Catholic, 3.7% Uniting Church & 9.6% not stated

History & Population Growth: Hervey Bay was officially named a city in February 1984 and is known as one of the ‘capitals’ for Whale Watching in Australia.
Estimate High Population Growth: Despite already having a higher-than-average population, it is anticipated that the population of Hervey Bay QLD will continue to grow, with estimates showing that the population will surpass 102,000 by the year 2026. In the past, the city has been one of the fastest-growing in the country. Most recently, the city’s population growth averages 1.2% annually, which falls below the national average of 1.5%.

Thinking of Moving? Pros and Cons of Living in Hervey Bay

Embarking on a residential move demands a profound exploration of the charms and challenges inherent in the chosen locale. Beyond the surface, a comprehensive analysis of the pros and cons becomes the compass guiding individuals toward an informed decision.

Pros: Hervey Bay = Coastal Paradise! What’s Not to Love?

Breathtaking Beaches and the Enchanting Esplanade:
The 17km waterfront esplanade, gracefully nestled between Urangan Pier and Gataker’s Bay, unfolds a panoramic canvas. Beyond a mere walking track, it’s an invitation to a lifestyle blending exercise with scenic dining and shopping experiences.

Fishing Wonderland:
Hervey Bay’s waters, a haven for fishing enthusiasts, paint a canvas of endless possibilities. From the historic Urangan Pier to the alluring River Heads, each spot is a theater of nature where bream, barramundi, trevally, trout, and snapper take center stage.

Gateway to Fraser Island:
A mere 45-minute journey unveils the wonders of Fraser Island, a testament to nature’s grandeur. An adventurer’s playground featuring perched lakes, rainforests, and wildlife, with accessibility facilitated by 4×4 vehicles and ferry rides.

Whale Symphony in the Bay:
Hervey Bay proudly wears the crown of the world’s whale-watching capital. A mesmerizing dance of humpback whales unfolds from July to November, offering a front-row seat from both boats and the iconic Urangan Pier.

Educational Excellence:
Discover top-notch education in Hervey Bay! Our schools are not just local favorites; they’re welcoming to students worldwide. With a commitment to excellence, they provide a stellar learning environment for both local and international students. Your journey to quality education begins right here in Hervey Bay! From primary to university levels, the educational programs are a testament to the commitment to nurturing young minds. Check out our page on Hervey Bay Schools.

Cons: Surprisingly Only Positive Realities

Believe it or not, when it comes to downsides in Hervey Bay, the list is pretty elusive. The charming coastal villages may whisper tales of a quieter life, but for many, that’s not a negative at all. Some might say the absence of bustling city rhythms is a trade-off for a more laid-back, relaxed lifestyle. Even when considering the seasonal influx of tourists drawn to Fraser Island and the whale wonders, it’s more of a vibrant spectacle than a true downside. The housing mosaic, though diverse, leans towards affordability, with homes comfortably nestled in various price ranges. Choosing your perfect suburb becomes less about negatives and more about crafting your ideal coastal lifestyle. It seems Hervey Bay has a way of turning cons into a unique flavor of positivity!

As you consider making this slice of paradise your own, stay updated on the latest real estate trends to align with your ideal home. Dive in wisely – your Hervey Bay adventure awaits!

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6 Must Do Hervey Bay Attractions

Hervey Bay QLD Whale Watching

Whale Watching is at the top of our list of things to do in Hervey Bay QLD as it is one of the key reasons that tourists visit our wonderful city. It is a seasonal attraction with tours taking place between the months of July till October. Choose from morning, afternoon or a 3/4 day tour which usually includes a buffet lunch. You'll certainly get up close and personal, and some tours also offer swimming with the humpback whales.

K'Gari Fraser Island Tours

There are so many great KGari (Fraser Island) tours from Hervey Bay QLD to choose from including single, multi-day trips or combination tours that include Whale Watching. If you prefer to do your own thing; you can take your own 4WD or even join a tag-along-tour. Various ferry and barge services operate daily from River Heads including travel between River Heads & Wanggoolba Creek and return services to and from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay Resort. There is so much to see and do here: Experience the island's natural beauty, paddle the crystal-clear waters of Lake McKenzie or Eli Creek, explore 75 Mile Beach, inland tracks, lake and much more.

Discover Hervey Bay Beaches

There's nothing quite like relaxing with your family at any of the gorgeous beaches! It's truly priceless and best of all totally free. As a bay, the beaches are very calm, offering safe swimming with no big waves because Fraser Island provides protection. Rips are also rare. The tide goes out a very long way. You'll find plenty of families happily enjoying a day out knowing their children are safe to swim and paddle. You'll also find people out on the water enjoying various water sports as well as many fishing from the shore. Head over to the Urangan Pier and you'll find just how popular fishing is here. Got to love that Hervey Bay QLD Australia lifestyle!

Esplanade Walking & Bike Path

The Esplanade walk and bike path is 14km long, stretching east from Urangan Harbour all the way across to Gatakers Bay in the city's west. The stunning tree-lined waterfront pathway is very popular with locals and visitors alike. Children, families and couples are regularly seen enjoying a leisurely stroll, bike ride or some exercise along this shared pathway. Bike hire, playgrounds, picnic tables, barbecue areas and amenities are situated throughout the various foreshore parks that the pathway crosses. There's also plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops lining the street on the opposite side.

Wetside Water Park

WetSide Water Park is located on the foreshore at the junction of Main Street and the Esplanade, Pialba and is a fun, family friendly public asset designed with something for everyone. The park includes: Waterslides Aqua Ninja adventure course Water play area TotSide for under 5s play Fountain Light Show Saturday nights 7pm Coffee shop, fish and chip shop and restaurant adjacent *Entry into WetSide is free however there is a cost for the Waterslides and Aqua Ninja (see below).

Urangan Pier & Parks

Very popular with tourists, keen anglers and their children, the historic Urangan Pier is definitely a key point of interest. It was built in about 1917, stretching over 1100 meters long. There's even an annual fishing competition and various festivals throughout the year. Walking to the end of the pier is a popular activity for young and old alike, and there are rest spots with seats scattered all along especially for anyone unable to manage the 2km round trip!
It's well worth seeing at both High Tide as well as low with the water receding along way back almost to the end of the pier itself (although not quite as there is a deep channel running through). You may even see some large fish, including sharks reeled in off of the very end of the pier.
Be sure to visit this amazing Landmark! There are also two awesome family parks / playgrounds in this area. Are you ready to live in Hervey Bay QLD?