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Get the kids packed and ready for the ultimate holiday fun, in the family friendly destination of the Fraser Coast.

With the world’s largest sand island, wildlife encounters, adventure playgrounds and safe beaches – the Fraser Coast in Queensland has something to love for the whole family.

Just a 3 hours’ drive up the east coast of Australia from Brisbane and with direct flights available from Sydney, the easy accessibility of the Fraser Coast also means that next family getaway can be made simple.

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Nature lovers

For those nature loving families, Hervey Bay offers world renowned whale watching (and swimming) encounters along with protected beaches thanks the world’s largest sand island – Fraser Island. Rated as the best family camping spot in Australia by ‘Out and About With Kids’, Fraser is the perfect place to create lifelong memories with the kids. 

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Water babies

The water babies can get out into the beautiful calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait by jumping aboard a luxury catamaran, glass-bottom boat, motorboat, jetski or kayak. Families also can’t go past the free WetSide Water Park for kids. Keen to teach them how to fish? Simply head to the 868 meter long Urangan Pier where all the locals like to drop a line. 

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Those with wild imaginations

Head further inland to the town of Maryborough and let the whole family delight in the magic of Mary Poppins by taking a selfie with the Mary Poppins statue and spending the day at the Story Bank, the transformed building that was once the birthplace of the Mary Poppins author P.L Travers.

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Activities you can enjoy with the kids

Achievers Walk

Discover how ordinary Australians can achieve extraordinary things on this unique walking trail. Located in…

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K’gari (Fraser Island), Great Sandy National Park

More than a million years in the making, World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island), in the…

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Roy Rufus Artificial Reef Dive Site

The most popular dive site in Hervey Bay is the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef. Located…

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Queens Park Waterfall

Enjoy the popular spot for picnics, the Queens Park Waterfall. The waterfall area of Maryborough’s…

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The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals on Fraser Island are coloured sand cliffs that have been sculpted by the…

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Mary River

The Mary River has been known by many names, with the Aborigines calling the river…

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Coonarr

Coonarr Beach is a 4.2 kilometre long, east facing beach that begins amongst the tidal…

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Valley of the Giants

The Valley of the Giants is on the Fraser Island Great Walk and you can…

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Arkarra Lagoons and Tea Gardens

The name Arkarra – meaning “place of many ducks”, was given to the lagoons by…

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Birdwatching on the Fraser Coast

The Fraser Coast offers a great range of birdwatching opportunities with over 250 species identified….

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Lake McKenzie

There are many different aspects to Fraser Island, but the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake McKenzie…

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Maryborough City Whistlestop Inc

Operating every Thursday and last Sunday of the month, (weather permitting), Enjoy a trip, through…

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Reefworld Aquarium Hervey Bay

Located right on the beautiful foreshores of Hervey Bay you will find Reefworld Aquarium in…

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Lake Birrabeen

The Lake Birrabeen day-use area is on the Southern Lakes scenic drive, 6.6 kilometres south…

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Whale Watching

When it comes to soul-stirring, up close interactions with Humpback Whales, there’s no place like…

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Wetside Water Park

Wetside Water Park is located on the foreshore at the junction of Main Street and…

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Lenthalls Dam

Lenthalls Dam is an ideal picnic and fishing spot with barbecue facilities, picnic shelter and…

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Fay Smith Wetlands

For a different type of experience on the Fraser Coast, walk through one of the…

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Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Inc.

If you want to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife Fraser Coast…

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Wongi State Forest

Immerse yourself in a landscape of fragrant pine plantations and eucalypt forests surrounding a string…

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Great Sandy Biosphere

In 2009, the Great Sandy region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, the global…

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Pile Valley Circuit

The Pile Valley circuit is a four-kilometre circuit that will take you to another world…

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Eli Creek

Eli Creek, the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to…

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Bird Watching Dolphin Waters

Situated at Burrum Heads, Dophin Waters is a residential area built around a natural waterway…

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Dan, Steph & Emmy

Fraser Coast Tourism Ambassadors

Home-grown heroes

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The Fraser Coast, home to humpback whales, Mary Poppins and My Kitchen Rules champions, Dan, Steph & Emmy! Our beloved trio have become household names across Australia for their time on popular cooking television series, My Kitchen Rules, but when they’re not snagging 10’s from Manu, Pete and Colin, you’ll find them out and about enjoying their hometown here on the Fraser Coast.

Whether it’s Dan’s morning run along Hervey Bay’s Charlton Esplanade, helping Emmy build sandcastles at one of our family-friendly beaches or camping at the world’s largest sand island, it’s not hard to understand why Dan & Steph have chosen to raise a family in the same place they grew up. 

In 2020, Dan, Steph & Emmy were announced as official Tourism Ambassadors of the Fraser Coast. Follow along their adventures on Facebook and Instagram as they explore some of the many reasons why you should #VisitFraserCoast.

Explore Dan, Steph & Emmy’s favourite things to do on the Fraser Coast

Dan, Steph & Emmy’s Top Things To Do On The Fraser Coast

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Explore the iconic Urangan Pier

Creating family memories shore has never been easier at the Urangan Pier! With 868-meters of boardwalk to explore, family-fun (and incredible ocean views!) are endless here. Whether it’s dolphin spotting or fishing, enjoy panoramic views stretching from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island here at one of the longest piers in Australia. 

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Venture along the Charlton Esplanade

Stretching for 17-kilometers along the beautiful Hervey Bay foreshore, the Charlton Esplanade boasts plenty of green space, parks and BBQ facilities along the way for families to soak up and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. There are also hire facilities (including these surrey bikes from Aquavue!) for those wanting to try something a little different! 

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Cool off at Wetside Water Park

Our very own Wetside Water Park was voted by TripAdvisor as one of the top waterpark’s around the world, for good reason too. It boasts plenty of water spouts, slides, dunk buckets, pay-as-you-go wave rider and lights to keep the kids entertained for hours (Emmy loves the whale!) – plus entry is absolutely FREE! So you can enjoy your morning coffee away from the splash-zone – win-win! 

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Get adventurous on the water!

Feeling a bit adventurous? Well, there is plenty of watersports equipment for hire that’s suitable for little and big kids alike! Dan & Steph recently gave stand up paddle boarding their best shot – and were naturals on the jet skis! The beautiful, calm waters of Hervey Bay are the perfect place for big and little kids to try out some new toys.  

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Visit Fraser Island

From safe freshwater lakes and creeks for the kids to play, to rugged bush track, ancient rainforests and the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake Mckenzie, the world’s largest sand island also known as K’gari is a must see! Hervey Bay is the gateway to Fraser Island offering a number of touring and transport options by land, sea or air.

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Experience Australia’s best whale watching

Create family memories together and experience the majestic humpback whales here in Hervey Bay. The whales visit our calm and sheltered waters between July – November every year. Renowned for their curiosity, encounters in Hervey Bay are an extremely intimate experience and why it’s been dubbed the whale watch capital of the world! This is a day out the whole family will enjoy.

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Enjoy a family BBQ and picnic

In between running around at Wetside Water Park and exploring the Fraser Coast, it’s nice to have some downtime. Hervey Bay offers endless green space along the Charlton Esplanade. Whether it’s at Seafront Oval, Pier Park or near the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club – there is plenty of BBQ facilities, tables and chairs as well as green space to enjoy a lazy afternoon with the family. 

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Discover the magic of The Story Bank

Discover the magic of Mary Poppins and storytelling at The Story Bank in Maryborough. The birthplace of author P.L. Travers, the Story Bank will get the imagination of your little ones running wild. Explore The Story Vault, Theaterette and the other beautifully restored rooms for a fantastic day out with the whole family in one of Queensland’s oldest townships. 

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Beachside camping (literally beachside!)

Experience coastal paradise at it’s best by camping at one of the beachside caravan parks in Hervey Bay. Build sandcastles, take a dip in our family-friendly beaches, then wander up the dunes for some lunch. What better way to spend the holidays? More of a glamper than a camper? There are plenty of cabins (and even retro camper trailers thanks to 333 Retro Campervans) to suit all your needs!  

Dan & Steph’s Blog

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Get the kids packed and ready for the ultimate holiday fun, in the family friendly destination of the Fraser Coast.

With the world’s largest sand island, wildlife encounters, adventure playgrounds and safe beaches – the Fraser Coast in Queensland has something to love for the whole family.

Just a 3 hours’ drive up the east coast of Australia from Brisbane and with direct flights available from Sydney, the easy accessibility of the Fraser Coast also means that next family getaway can be made simple.

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Nature lovers

For those nature loving families, Hervey Bay offers world renowned whale watching (and swimming) encounters along with protected beaches thanks the world’s largest sand island – Fraser Island. Rated as the best family camping spot in Australia by ‘Out and About With Kids’, Fraser is the perfect place to create lifelong memories with the kids. 

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Water babies

The water babies can get out into the beautiful calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait by jumping aboard a luxury catamaran, glass-bottom boat, motorboat, jetski or kayak. Families also can’t go past the free WetSide Water Park for kids. Keen to teach them how to fish? Simply head to the 868 meter long Urangan Pier where all the locals like to drop a line. 

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Those with wild imaginations

Head further inland to the town of Maryborough and let the whole family delight in the magic of Mary Poppins by taking a selfie with the Mary Poppins statue and spending the day at the Story Bank, the transformed building that was once the birthplace of the Mary Poppins author P.L Travers.

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Activities you can enjoy with the kids

Lake McKenzie

There are many different aspects to Fraser Island, but the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake McKenzie…

Read More
Lenthalls Dam

Lenthalls Dam is an ideal picnic and fishing spot with barbecue facilities, picnic shelter and…

Read More
Mary River

The Mary River has been known by many names, with the Aborigines calling the river…

Read More
Roy Rufus Artificial Reef Dive Site

The most popular dive site in Hervey Bay is the Roy Rufus Artificial Reef. Located…

Read More
Maryborough City Whistlestop Inc

Operating every Thursday and last Sunday of the month, (weather permitting), Enjoy a trip, through…

Read More
Arkarra Lagoons and Tea Gardens

The name Arkarra – meaning “place of many ducks”, was given to the lagoons by…

Read More
Wongi State Forest

Immerse yourself in a landscape of fragrant pine plantations and eucalypt forests surrounding a string…

Read More
Fay Smith Wetlands

For a different type of experience on the Fraser Coast, walk through one of the…

Read More
Lake Birrabeen

The Lake Birrabeen day-use area is on the Southern Lakes scenic drive, 6.6 kilometres south…

Read More
Reefworld Aquarium Hervey Bay

Located right on the beautiful foreshores of Hervey Bay you will find Reefworld Aquarium in…

Read More
Eli Creek

Eli Creek, the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to…

Read More
Bird Watching Dolphin Waters

Situated at Burrum Heads, Dophin Waters is a residential area built around a natural waterway…

Read More
The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals on Fraser Island are coloured sand cliffs that have been sculpted by the…

Read More
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Wetside Water Park

Wetside Water Park is located on the foreshore at the junction of Main Street and…

Read More
Birdwatching on the Fraser Coast

The Fraser Coast offers a great range of birdwatching opportunities with over 250 species identified….

Read More
Achievers Walk

Discover how ordinary Australians can achieve extraordinary things on this unique walking trail. Located in…

Read More
Great Sandy Biosphere

In 2009, the Great Sandy region was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO, the global…

Read More
Coonarr

Coonarr Beach is a 4.2 kilometre long, east facing beach that begins amongst the tidal…

Read More
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Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Inc.

If you want to get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife Fraser Coast…

Read More
Pile Valley Circuit

The Pile Valley circuit is a four-kilometre circuit that will take you to another world…

Read More
Valley of the Giants

The Valley of the Giants is on the Fraser Island Great Walk and you can…

Read More
Whale Watching

When it comes to soul-stirring, up close interactions with Humpback Whales, there’s no place like…

Read More
Queens Park Waterfall

Enjoy the popular spot for picnics, the Queens Park Waterfall. The waterfall area of Maryborough’s…

Read More
K’gari (Fraser Island), Great Sandy National Park

More than a million years in the making, World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island), in the…

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Beaches

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Hervey Bay on the coast of Queensland, is home to beautiful beaches and unusually calm waters thanks to protection from World Heritage-listed K’gari Fraser Island. Hervey Bay is the perfect spot for families searching for safe swimming beaches and those looking for a relaxing dip in the ocean without big crowds.

Hervey Bay is ideal for long leisurely walks on the beach, but make sure you’re paying attention because you could spot some resident marine life including dolphins and dugongs  along the way.

The 13 kilometres of beachfront can also be explored via walking and bikeways that stretch for the length of the entire esplanade to make for amazing views from Point Vernon all the way to Urangan.

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Top Beach Spots in Hervey Bay

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Pialba

The first beach as you enter Hervey Bay’s Esplanade, Pialba offers a great destination for campers and caravanners looking at enjoying a few days in the sun. The local Beachfront Park offers beautiful surrounds and all amenities. If you’re visiting Pialba don’t miss out on the free kids water park, Wetside.

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Scarness

Located in the central hub of the Esplanade, Scarness offers a tranquil beach setting for visitors looking to enjoy a day at the beach, within walking distance of all amentities. You’ll also find the many local cafes that surround this popular area.

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Torquay

Situated in the heart of Hervey Bay’s Esplanade, Torquay is the perfect location for family fun. Surrounded by eateries and a great playground for the kids, it’s also in walking distance of great accommodation options, pubs and a weekend market

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Dundowran

A popular fishing spot for locals and visitors alike, Dundowran is located just outside Hervey Bay 27 km north of Maryborough. This small beachside community is also a perfect spot for those who want a secluded beach experience. 

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Craignish

West of Dundowran, you’ll find Craignish. This spot offers a great little getaway for visitors looking for a small beachside experience complete with nearby Golf Club and neighbourhood store. 

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Toogoom

The seaside village of Toogoom is located just 15 minutes’ drive from Hervey Bay and is a great fishing and boating destination. It offers a range of water sports and beachside restaurant.

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Urangan

The home of the iconic Urangan Pier, this beach spot is on the eastern side of Hervey Bay. You’ll find fishing enthusiasts lining the beach of this hotspot. Urangan also has plenty of BBQ facilities making it perfect for a sunset picnic.

Beachside Dining

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Cruise into Spring

Escape into a World Heritage‐listed wonderland on Fraser Island and let your stresses fade away…

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The Dock – Wine & Dine

The Dock Bar & Restaurant is Hervey Bay’s iconic urban industrial themed bar that offers…

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Carriers Arms Hotel Motel

The Carriers Arms Hotel Motel is the biggest hotel and motel complex in Maryborough with…

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The Sticky Fig Gallery Café

The Sticky Fig Gallery Café is located at 16/81 Boat Harbour Drive. This restaurant is…

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Torquay Hotel Hervey Bay

Hotel and bistro located on The Esplanade in Torquay. Their beer garden has a beautiful…

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Federal Hotel Maryborough

Federal Hotel Maryborough is located at 270 Kent St, Maryborough. It is rated 3.2 by…

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Aquavue

Aquavue is located at Lot 136, Esplanade. It is rated 3.7 by 19 Zomato users….

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Post Office Hotel Maryborough

The Post Office Hotel was built in 1889, for Messrs Hanley and Williams of Maryborough…

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Portside Cafe and Restaurant

The beautiful Portside Cafe and Restaurant is situated inside the original Customs House Residence of…

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Salt Cafe Urangan

A modern relaxed beachside cafe with spectacular views of Hervey Bays pristine waters and Iconic…

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Pie and Pastry Paradise

Over 20 varieties of award winning pies, coffee, lunches, pastries, sweets and artisan breads. Five…

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Tiaro Meats and Bacon

Tiaro Meats and Bacon is a regional icon on the Fraser Coast providing an extensive…

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Ricardo’s Italiano & Seafood

Lovely little Italian & Seafood Restaurant & Bar Ricardo’s Italiano & Seafood is a feast…

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Beach House Hotel

Situated on the Esplanade in Scarness, overlooking the pristine waters of Hervey bay, Scarness Park…

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Lychee Hill Estate

Lychee Hill Estate is a unique winery on the Fraser Coast that is a lychee…

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Enzo’s On The Beach

Welcome to the newly refurbished restaurant and bar, Enzo’s On The Beach. Step away from…

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Banksia Seafood and Grill

Banksia Seafood and Grill is Hervey Bays premium seafood and grill restaurant. They strive to…

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19XO Wine & Cocktail

19XO is Hervey Bays best Cocktail and Wine Bar serving Premium Cocktails, Quality Wine, Gourmet…

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Aquavue Cafe Restaurant

Aquavue Cafe Restaurant (formerly Cafe Watersports) is located on the beautiful beachfront in Hervey Bay,…

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Waters Edge Restaurant and Bar

Waters Edge Restaurant and Bar is a modern restaurant overlooking Hervey Bay and serving only…

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Bayaroma Cafe Hervey Bay

Bayaroma is a lovely Esplanade Cafe across from beautiful Torquay beach. They offer a vast…

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Coast

Coast is located at 469 Esplanade. It is rated 4.3 by 106 Zomato users. Serves…

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The Hideaway Station Hotel

One of Queensland’s most Historic Hotels, the Hideaway Station Hotel Tiaro, has been operating since…

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Cafe Balaena

Cafe Balaena is a sought after Cafe by day and Restaurant by night. Their dining…

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Paolo’s Pizza Bar

Paolo’s Pizza Bar is located at 2/446 The Esplanade, Torquay. It is rated 3.1 by…

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The Sand Bar & Bistro

The Sand Bar & Bistro is located at Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island. Serves Modern…

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Bay Central Tavern

Bay Central Tavern offers a relaxing atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining available. Their extensive…

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EAT at Dan & Steph’s

EAT at Dan and Steph’s is a family-owned eatery created by Dan and Steph Mulheron…

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Cauldron Brewing Hervey Bay

Cauldron Brewing Hervey Bay is a Craft Brewery for offering fresh, locally produced beer at…

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Burrum Heads Hotel Motel

Burrum Heads Hotel Motel is a destination in itself being the only pub in Burrum…

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Grand Hotel Howard

Grand Hotel Howard provides a friendly relaxing restaurant and bar and is a great place…

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Salty Squid licensed seafood Bistro

Salty Squid is one of those places that only locals know about, but if you…

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Toast Espresso Bar

Toast Espresso Bar is a Maryborough icon having served loyal customers for years in Maryborough’s…

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The Deck & Anchor

Situated on the banks of the Mary River, The Deck & Anchor cafe is the…

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Pink Flamingo Coffee House

Pink Flamingo Coffee House is located at 2/221 Lennox St, Maryborough QLD 4650. Serves Mexican,…

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Goody’s on the Beach

Goody on the Beach is a Toogoom favourite overlooking the mouth of Beelbi Creek opens…

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Alowishus Delicious

At Alowishus, they made it their mission to create community everyday and grow meaningful, lasting…

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Arkarra Gardens Cafe and Restaurant

The name Arkarra – meaning “place of many ducks”, was given to the lagoons by…

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Sea Breeze Cafe

Sea Breeze Cafe is located at Shop 2, 363 Charlton Esplanade, Scarness, Hervey Bay. This…

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Simply Wok

Simply Wok is located at 417 Esplanade, Torquay, Hervey Bay. This restaurant is yet to…

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The Dock Hervey Bay

The Dock Bar & Restaurant is Hervey Bay’s iconic urban industrial themed bar that offers…

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Old Sydney Hotel – Maryborough

Old Sydney Hotel is located at Cnr Ellena & Richmond Street Maryborough, QLD. This restaurant…

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Retro Espresso Cafe Tiaro

Retro Espresso Tiaro combines the best Espresso Coffee with a retail store selling Retro themed…

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Fx of Coffee

Fx of Coffee is located at 471 Esplanade. This restaurant is yet to be rated…

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Happy Days Diner

Dining like no other, creating an experience and embedding memories for our customers. Take a…

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The Clubhouse Hervey Bay

The Best little club in the bay. Located at the picturesque Hervey Bay Golf Club,…

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McNevin’s Sails Restaurant

McNevin’s Sails Restaurant is located at 188 John St, Maryborough. It is rated 3.0 by…

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Badger & Brown’s Burgerie

Badger & Brown’s Burgerie is located at 449a Esplanade. It is rated 3.4 by 9…

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Cake Bake Brew

Cake Bake Brew is an independent, locally owned and operated bakehouse using scratch bake recipes…

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El Puerto

El Puerto’s Brazilian Barbecue is an unlimited degustation dining experience at the Hervey Bay Boat…

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Hervey Bay Boat Club

The Hervey Bay Boat Club is a unique group of hospitality and tourism facilities. Guests…

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The Bayswater Bar and Grill

The Bayswater Bar and Grill is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy…

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Hervey Bay RSL

The best club in Hervey Bay, with great food, atmosphere and entertainment. Located centrally with…

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Miners Arms Hotel Tornbanlea

Miners Arms Hotel in Torbanlea has been operating since the 1800’s – with a drive…

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