We may be famous for our whales, but there is a lot more to love about #HerveyBay than you first might have thought. Yes, there may be more to life than just looks, but we secured the entire package, you know, just in case… So sit back, relax and allow us to shed some light on the best spots for a stunning sunset in the bay.
From the beach
Helpless romantics buckle in, because you’re in for one hell of a stroll along the beach! Forget about holding hands though, because you’re going to need to keep those babies free for holding your camera. Watch the pastel blues slowly turn to pinks, oranges, reds and yellows as the sun sets on paradise for another day. And if you’re a true romantic, you don’t have to worry about the crowds either. There is heaps of room to spread out along the kilometres of coastline, a few popular spots being Shelly Beach, Torquay Beach and Scarness Beach. Who doesn’t love to watch the sun go down over the water? It’s the perfect place to clear the mind and the perfect place to spend the afternoon here in Hervey Bay.
From the point
Get to the point… No seriously, for all you sunset chasers out there, you can’t go past an afternoon at Point Vernon. The largest rocky promontory on the coast between Noosa and Bundaberg, Point Vernon provides a breathtaking, panoramic view of the bay. Set your sights on the waters below for some serious dolphin watching, before looking out to the horizon as the sun starts to drop. There are several, cozy benches set up along the point for you to sit and take in the natural beauty surrounding you, or for you to make some memories with that special somebody.
From the esplanade
Happy hour takes on a whole new meaning here in #HerveyBay. For those who are a little bit #extra, enjoy sipping on a glass of bubbles (or beer) along one of the many waterfront restaurants and bars on the Charlton Esplanade as you bring in the sunset. Alternatively, if you’re wishing to skip the hustle ‘n’ bustle, there is plenty of green space along the esplanade that’s a match made in heaven between your picnic rug (or the many picnic tables and chairs) and some good company. Popular places in the afternoon include Ernie Organ Park, Nielsens Park and Pier Park.
The Hervey Bay Charlton Esplanade runs the entire length from Gatakers Bay to the other end of town in Urangan, so for all of you fitness fanatics, why not make an afternoon out of it and enjoy a pretty stroll along the foreshore before you pick your favourite spot to settle in for the main event.
From the water
Here at #whalesherveybay we are famous for our moments out on the water. Our pristine marine park brings people from all over the world to visit the crystal-clear waters and its inhabitants, including our world-famous whale interactions. But there is more than one reason why a year-round afternoon cruise around Hervey Bay should be added to your to-do list. Who doesn’t love a sunset over the water? In fact, if anyone tries to tell you that they haven’t tried re-enacting that #classic Jack and Rose scene from Titanic, they’re lying. And to be honest, with the tranquil sunsets we are #blessed with here in Hervey Bay, you’d be kinda crazy not to.
Once you’ve finished that Oscar-worthy performance (sorry Leo, we had to), it’s time to head behind the camera to capture that hero shot. The flat, calm waters of Hervey Bay mean that you can leave your tripods at home and just enjoy the #kodakmoment unfold before your eyes.
From the pier
Arguably saving the best ‘til last, we couldn’t make a sunset vantage viewing list and leave off the Urangan Pier. Hervey Bay is fortunate to be gifted with many piers, but unlike Luke Hemsworth, the Urangan Pier has to be the most famous in the family. It looks like something straight out of Orange County. Stretching for more 800m, history buffs will rejoice in this slice of beautiful architecture, a former deep water, cargo-handling facility. Whilst the Urangan Pier used to facilitate the export of sugar, timber and coal, today, the pier facilitates mainly selfies and keen fisherman. A visit to the Fraser Coast simply wouldn’t be complete without enjoying at least one sunset here. #HerveyBayHereWeCome