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Hervey Bay is home to over 50,000 residents and has one of the fastest growing populations in Australia. It is especially popular with retirees who can take full advantage of the beautiful sandy beaches not to mention the fine boating and fishing. Hervey Bay is an easy 3½ hours drive north of Brisbane and a popular stopping off point for visitors to Fraser Island which is just 45 minutes away. A hire car is a necessity as the town of Hervey Bay spreads in all directions, making it virtually impossible to navigate on foot.

Hervey Bay restaurants

Build-your-own breakfast at Enzo’s on the Beach using a variety of hot and cold goodies. 351a The Esplanade, Scarness, (07) 4124 6375.

Overlooking the beach at Torquay, Aquavue serves upmarket breakfasts and excellent coffee. Equally good for friends or enjoying on your own. 415 The Esplanade, Torquay, (07) 4125 5528.

Head to The Boat Club where Sinbad’s Bistro has an extensive menu with a fishy focus. The daily $7.90 lunch special is a good choice if money is tight. Buccaneer Drive, Urangan, (07) 4128 9643.

Try Salt Cafe for a long and lazy lunch with water views. The light, modern decor matches the food; also good for breakfast. 569 The Esplanade, Urangan, (07) 4124 9722.

Paolo’s Pizza Bar is a cheerful cafe serving seriously good pizza and pasta. Well priced and a comfortable option for solo diners. 446 The Esplanade, Torquay, (07) 4125 3100.

Kick back and order a beer at The Beach House Hotel. Order some pub grub if you get hungry after the sun goes down. 344 The Esplanade, Scarness, (07) 4128 1233. 

Hervey Bay things to do

Go on a half day whale watching trip from July to November with Hervey Bay Whale Watch. 1800 671 977.

Take a half hour scenic flight over Fraser Island with Air Fraser for a different perspective on the world’s largest sand island. (07) 4125 3600.

Stay and play at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island and sign up for a range of eco friendly activities (many of which are free). Top picks include a 4WD Safari, ‘K’gari’ Walk or Bush Foods Tour.

Indulge your ‘inner-hoon’ and jet-ski over to Fraser Island on a jet-ski tour with Aquavue. (07) 4125 5528.

Disclosure: The writer travelled to Hervey Bay as a guest of Tourism & Events Queensland.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.