Hervey Bay and Maryborough
Bordered by 14 kilometres of pristine beaches, Hervey Bay offers the world's closest encounters with humpback whales as well as easy access to Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Island. Its safe sheltered waters make it an aquatic paradise perfect for year round swimming, diving, sailing, water sports and fishing. Dotted along the Esplanade are cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes, shops, parklands, picnic areas, playgrounds, piers and a vibrant marina.
Short drives from Hervey Bay are the picturesque villages of Burrum Heads and Toogoom where you can eat fresh local seafood in a cafe, stroll on the unspoiled beaches, or fish from the shore or a tinny. The townships of Howard and Torbanlea are relics of the bygone coal mining era, filled with old fashioned country charm, historic homes, and a mining museum depicting the olden days.
Settled on the Mary River in 1847, Maryborough was once one of colonial Australia's largest and busiest ports. Soak up living history at Portside, the original port district, with its streets of gloriously preserved colonial buildings, sensational riverside parks, outstanding museums, historic pubs, steam trains and river cruises. Experience the magic of Mary Poppins in the birthplace of her creator. Visit the famous weekly inner city market. Take a tour to hear 19th century costumed guides spin fascinating tales of this old port town.