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Come play in Hervey Bay and let the kids experience the magic of the Fraser Coast!  Located only 3.5 hours north of Brisbane, Hervey Bay is a natural paradise that the whole family will enjoy.

From visiting the world’s largest sand island to seeing whales in the world’s first whale heritage area, we’ve come up with a list of fabulous Fraser Coast attractions and activities that are perfect things to do with kids while visiting Hervey Bay.

K’gari

Just a short ferry ride from Hervey bay, and you and the kids can be standing on the world’s largest sand island!  One of Queensland’s Heritage-listed natural wonderlands, K’gari offers ancient rainforests, freshwater lakes and impressive sand formations. 
4×4 rentals are available or join a K’gari tour and let the experts show you around! 

Whale Watching

Where better to take the family to experience whale watching than the world’s very first whale heritage area?!  There’s nothing quite like seeing these majestic creatures of the deep up close, as they make their migration. So make your way to the whale watching capital of Australia and join a whale watching tour in Hervey Bay for an unforgettable encounter. 

Urangan Pier

Stretching out over the ocean for almost one kilometre, Urangan Pier is one of the longest in Australia! Take a casual stroll out to the end and try your luck spotting marine life like stingrays and dolphins swim by. You could also grab some gear and take the family fishing!

Reefworld Aquarium

While we’re on the subject of marine life, did you know that Hervey Bay is home to one of the world’s few all-natural aquariums? Reefworld Aquarium uses only sand filtered sea water and natural sunlight. As there are few all-natural aquariums in the world, this makes Reefworld quite unique. Kids and adults alike can see what marine life feels like in the touch tank, participate in hand feeding the reef fish or for a truly memorable experience you can even book a turtle swim. 

Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum

Let the kids take a step back in time with a visit to Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum.
There are 21 historic buildings on display including a 19th century school building from Dundowran and a 19th century slab cottage from Kingaroy.

Every Sunday from 1pm to 3pm you can also see interactive demonstrations in rope making, corn shelling, wood turning and blacksmith. 

The Esplanade

Stretching from Urangan to Gatakers Bay, the 14km Hervey Bay Esplanade offers an excellent, scenic pathway for bike riding, walking or running.  Along the way there’s ample spots to stop and play with parks, playgrounds and picnic areas to enjoy.

Arkarra Lagoons and Wetlands Reserve

Arkarra is one of the few remaining wetland areas in the Hervey Bay area. It consists of both naturally occurring and man-made lagoons, and is home to a diverse range of animal and plant life.  Take the kids for a short hike with two walking trails available; the Wetlands Circuit (600m) and the Lagoons Circuit (840m).

The name Arkarra – meaning “place of many ducks”, was given to the lagoons by Butchulla Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Olga Miller.

While you’re there, stop in to Arkarra Gardens Café Restaurant and grab a bite to eat or linger over a coffee in the peaceful surrounds.

Hervey Bay Botanical Gardens and Orchid House

Located in Urangan these beautiful gardens were established in 1974 and are situated on 6,000 year old foreshore dunes spanning 26 hectares.  Open daily and with free admission, the gardens are a great place for the whole family to explore.

Some of the features include the Chinese inspired formal garden. With its tranquil reflective water features and moon gate leading to the secret Zen garden, it’s a must see and kids can explore the nature play garden.

The kids can also use the ‘Agents of Discovery’ place-based app that uses smartphone technology and augmented reality. They’ll be lead by Agent Kangaroo on a mission of discovery, uncovering new details about the natural environment within the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, solving challenges along the way.

And all the above is just for starters!  You could also take a 30 minute flight to explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island; take a short road trip to Maryborough to visit the birthplace of Pamela Travers – author of Mary Poppins; hand feed dolphins in Tin Can Bay … and so, so much more!

To browse and book more great Hervey Bay Fraser Coast tours and attractions. Click here.

Quarterdecks Retreat Hervey Bay is in Urangan and offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom, fully self-contained holiday apartments with plenty of space for the whole family. It’s the perfect base for exploring the Fraser Coast, and all the great things to do with kids in Hervey Bay.

Image credit: K’gari image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland.