About Hervey Bay

Health

The new $42.4 million Hervey Bay Hospital is an integral component of the Fraser Coast Health Service District and Queensland Health. It was officially opened in June 1997. The facility is a state-of-the art, purpose built 130 bed acute care hospital, with services aimed at meeting the needs of the local community.

Hervey Bay’s local medical and dental practitioners and specialists also cater comprehensively for the needs of the community. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists and alternative therapies are well represented.

An Ambulance centre, Women’s Health Centre, Day Respite Centre, Meals on Wheels, home nursing care, care for the aged and support for people with special health conditions are available to residents and visitors.

Transport

Hervey Bay’s main residential areas are spread across five major suburbs, but it takes no more than 15 minutes to drive from one end to the other. A paved 12 kilometre bicycle track and walkway extends the entire length of the Hervey Bay Esplanade. Local buses serve the suburbs and driving in minimal traffic is scenic and enjoyable. Good roads connect Hervey Bay to all the local outlying towns and villages such as Howard, Toogoom and Torbanlea. Howard is a daily stop on Queensland Rail’s “Spirit of Capricorn” passenger service. There is a small Freight Distribution Centre located in Pialba.

Hervey Bay Airport has a new, modern Terminal building which was opened in 1996. It is serviced daily by five flights to and from Brisbane. Helicopter and fixed wing charter and joy flights are available. Private aircraft can be housed in hangars with 24 hour security. Air /sea search and rescue services which can be called out in emergencies are also based at the Airport.

The Urangan Boat Harbour provides casual and permanent berthing and service facilities for yachts and power boats. Other services include chandlery, slipway and boatbuilding and providoring. Passenger vessels and barges for passengers and four wheel drive vehicles to and from Fraser Island use the Urangan Boat Harbour and River Heads.

Community clubs and organisations

A number of clubs servicing the business and general community are active in Hervey Bay. They hold regular dinners and social events. An initiative of the Hervey Bay Tourism and Development Bureau, the Business Forum is an opportunity for business people to meet and network, if you need a business website designed contact web design Hervey Bay. It holds monthly functions and concentrates on local issues. There are sports clubs for golf, fishing, football, cricket and other sporting activities.

The new unique joint-use academic/public library is popular and busy. Collections of books, compact discs, video and audio cassettes, large print volumes and magazines, provide for adult, young adult and junior members of the community and university personnel. The Library also provides computer and Internet browsing facilities. Art and photographic exhibitions are regularly displayed in the adjoining Regional Art Gallery.

Those interested and involved in art, music, writing, theatre, crafts, gardening, woodwork, gems and minerals will find kindred spirits to share their interests. Over 55s who want to enhance and expand their knowledge can attend the University of the Third Age to study foreign languages, local history or a range of interesting subjects.

Hervey Bay Has been a holiday playground since its earliest days – its calm waters, sandy beaches and great fishing a lure for visitors from all over the world. Hervey Bay enjoys a superb climate all year round.

Has been made popular for its whale watching location and is considered an excellent value holiday destination. Its warm climate and safe swimming beaches are a feature.

Around August to mid October, Humpback Whales returning South to Antartica stay in the warm waters of the bay. Frazer Island is the worlds largest sand island and is considered a fishing paradise. It is a truly remarkable location that draws many visitor each year. The wreak of the Maheno can still be found on the sandy beach of the island.

Hervey Bay and Fraser Island has an excellent range of accommodation to suit all budgets with family hotels to upmarket hotels for those looking for the ultimate experience. We have listed many of the best hotel accommodation for you to choose from.

For years it was south-east Queensland’s best kept secret – its safe, sheltered waters and sandy beaches proved especially popular with families. Now the secret is out! Holidaymakers choose Hervey Bay for all sorts of reasons.

Some come for the majestic humpback whales which frolic in the balmy Bay waters from August to October. Some are lured by the unique and breathtaking wonder of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island which is just a short ferry or fast cat ride offshore.

Then there are the keen fishermen who’ve heard of Hervey Bay’s reputation as an angler’s paradise.

Others have caught wind of the array of aquatic activities, the tourist attractions, the superb dining, the heritage values and the facilities for tracking down family trees, the beachfront accommodation from top class resorts to comfortable caravan parks.

And then there are those who seek out nothing but a patch of sand or a spot by the pool to escape the pressures of the 20th Century. Hervey Bay really is many things to many people, but for all its diversity, it maintains a leisurely pace and an unspoilt beauty and charm.

 

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