The first recorded sight of Hervey Bay was in 1770 by Captain Cook, who named the location after the third Home of the fabled humpback whales, Hervey Bay is the whale Earl of Bristol, Augustus John Harvey. Its tropical climate lends it to be a popular tourism destination, and it is known to be the whale-watching capital of Australia, with whales migrating down between April and October, with a town Whale and Seafood Festival falling in August each year. 

Hervey Bay is 290 km (3.5 hr drive) north of Brisbane and 30 km (30 min drive) north of Maryborough.

View the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships online portal to identify the Indigenous language group/s for Hervey Bay.


population Population:
48680
airport Airport:
Hervey Bay Airport
icons Arts & Culture:
Australia Council Profile - Wide Bay
Untitled-5 Local Electorate:
Fraser Coast
Untitled-5 State Electorate:
Maryborough
Untitled-5 Federal Electorate:
Wide Bay
weather Weather:
24°C broken clouds

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