Hervey Bay History

When Captain James Cook rounded Sandy Cape in 1770 and found what is now Fraser Island, he initially concluded it was part of the mainland. Cook named the area “Hervey’s Bay” after Augustus Hervey, at that time Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty. In 1802 Matthew Flinders landed at Sandy Cape and drew detailed maps of the bay.

Indigenous Aborigines had inhabited the area for generations, but in 1850 acquired vast tracts of country for cattle rearing between Booral and Burrum Heads. Pines growing along the foreshore attracted timber cutters in 1863 and by the mid 1860s the first five white settlers took possession of seaside leases stretching from Point Vernon to Urangan. Each of the land leases developed into small townships, with seaside lots being bought up by wealthy businessmen from Maryborough and Gympie.

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Fraser Coast

Fraser Island stretches for 123 kilometres with an area of over 160,000 hectares. Named after shipwreck victim Eliza Fraser, Fraser Island was World Heritage listed in 1992 for being of universal significance as the largest coastal dune system and sand island in the world and for its special environments.

Fraser Island has a truly amazing array of natural wonders including beautiful sub-tropical rainforests, pristine lakes, endless surf beaches, immense sand blows, cliffs of coloured sands and crystal clear streams to explore.

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Fraser Island Hervey Bay

On this, the world’s largest sand island, one can explore towering rainforests growing in sand, swim in beautiful freshwater lakes, drive along endless sandy beaches, picnic or lunch or dine at one of the island’s resorts tucked away unobtrusively amidst the trees. There are beautiful camping sites and four wheel drive touring facilities.

Not only is Fraser Island the world’s largest sand island, it also boasts outstanding beauty, landscape, and diversity.You will pass through dense rainforest, slender open heathlands,wide sandscapes, and the incredible spanse of the seventy-five mile beach.

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Humpback Whales

Hervey Bay is the whale watch capital of the world where from August to November each year, humpback whales frolic in the sheltered waters. It is the place the whales come to rest and play for up to a week before continuing their annual 16,000km migration to Antarctica. There are many whale watching trips with a variety of vessels to choose from.

During the season, the boats run seven days a week with options comprising a dawn whale watch, half day, three quarter day and full day tours. Some operators have children’s activities and wheelchair access. The crew on board will explain the behaviour of the humpback whales and give you information about their migration. Cruises venture into the sheltered gentle waters of Platypus Bay, part of Hervey Bay, protected by Fraser Island. Groups of any size can be catered for and it is possible to design a trip to suit your requirements.

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Educational Facilities

Hervey Bay offers all levels of education and training to prospective students and employers. Facilities range from pre-school and kindergarten to University, and cover a wide range of secular and religious primary schools. Instruction is available from year one to year twelve, plus a TAFE College and the Wide Bay Campus of the University of Southern Queensland. Special schools for people with disabilities are also available.

The City’s educational facilities are first rate, with extensive provision of electronic and other modern resources enabling students to communicate with the world. Hervey Bay is also exploring a city-wide intranet concept for the provision of information to visitors and, ultimately to allow local businesses to network for the benefit of the community as a whole.

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